The day is finally upon us. The first national final of Eurovision 2019 season begins tonight with 22 acts set to compete in Festivali i Këngës 57.
We won’t know the final outcome until Saturday’s third show. But in the meantime we do have one result for you.
After all the competing songs were released ten days ago we asked you to vote for your favourite. After counting a total of 7,959 votes we can reveal that you chose Lorela Sejdini and her song “Vetmi” (“Loneliness”) as your winner. She earned an impressive 2,533 votes, or 31.83% of all those cast.
After failing to make it through the semi-finals of last year’s contest, Lorela will be hoping to go all the way this year and take home the crown.
In his review of all the song clips our William wasn’t initially feeling the guitar-driven track, saying: “This falls into the bland category if I’m totally honest”.
However, his opinion quickly changed once Lorela ramped things up a notch:
Oh, she picked it up! Oh, and then she brought it. That is going to be an amazing transition from verse to chorus. Yas, take me higher! From 0 to 60, our girl is slaying. Woo, yeah. You better wait for it, but when it comes it comes real good. Wow, that was a surprise!
Y’all are obviously loving the change of pace in the song as well. Will the FiK jury agree, or will they have written the song off in its first two minutes? We won’t have long to find out.
Just behind Lorela in the poll and finishing in second place is a big fan favourite. Mirud was the only other act to receive over 2,000 (or even 1,000) votes. He picked up 2,059 (25.87%) for his entry “Nënë” (“Mother”).
Rounding out the top three is Jonida Maliqi and her powerful traditional ballad “Ktheju tokës” (“Return to the land”). She earned 913 votes, which is 11.47% of the total.
The other two acts reaching the top five of the poll were also the only other two to receive over 5% of the vote. Soni Maliqi finished in fourth, picking up 640 votes (8.04%) for “Më e fortë” (“Louder”). Fifth place went to Klodiana Vata and “Mbrëmje e pafund”; she earned 486 votes (6.11%).
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The first show of FiK57 starts at 20:45 CET tonight. You can watch it live on the RTSH website here.
Owing to the changes made to the festival’s format this year, this evening we’ll see each of the 22 songs performed live with the RTSH Symphonic Orchestra.
Tomorrow’s second show will see all the songs performed with a backing track and in a Eurovision-style arrangement that will make use of staging techniques.
In the final on December 22, we can expect a more traditional FiK experience as a professional jury will finally select Albania’s entry for Eurovision 2019.
Are you excited for FiK57 to start tonight? Do you think the results of our poll will in fact become reality? Who are you supporting in this year’s festival? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments sections below!