Elvana Gjata Arilena Ara FiK 58 Festivali i kenges

The list of Festivali i Këngës 2020 singers is finally and officially out. Prior to the Thursday evening confirmation — which occurred on the RTSH evening news — Albanian web site Class Lifestyle published the list, sending Albanian media into a frenzy. Class Lifestyle is the web site owned by FiK 58 host Alketa Vejsiu and the show’s director Vera Grabocka. Both figures shared the link on their personal Facebook pages and we were all left to wonder: Could it really be true? Thankfully the hype was well-placed and FiK 58 is going to be fire.

The list of participants includes some very heavy hitters like Elvana Gjata. She’s an Albanian megastar with 1.4 million Instagram followers. In 2001 she was dubbed the Albanian Diva after finishing third at the Festival of Young Voices of Albania.

She’s lived up to the hype, becoming one of the most popular singers in the country and broader Balkan region. Among her many honours are a Balkan Music Award for Best Albanian Song of the Year and Best Music Video of the Year for “Afër dhe Larg”.

Her song “Mike” has around 73 million YouTube views.

 

Another big name is Arilena Ara.

Arilena won the second season of Albanian X Factor. Her first video single “Aeroplan” topped the charts and racked up around two million views in half a day. She followed that up with “Business Class”, which broke a million views in just nine hours. Her songs have also been played on radio stations in Romania and Russia, suggesting she’s got cross-border appeal.

Also on the list are two of Jonida Maliqi’s backing vocalists from Tel Aviv, Tiri Gjoci and Wendy Mancaku.

Festivali i Këngës 46 winner Olta Boka will be making her first return to the contest since her 2007 win. She went on to represent Albania at Eurovision 2008, where her song “Zemrën e lamë peng” placed 17th in the grand final.

FiK veteran Bojken Lako makes his seventh appearance in the contest, while Era Rusi and Kamela Islamaj each celebrate their fourth time.

Class Lifestyle reports that the songs were selected by a three-person jury consisting of: conductor Zani Ciko, singer Soni Malaj and Dorian Chene, head of the composition department at the Academy of Fine Arts.

FiK 58 singers

  • Albërije Hadërgjonaj
  • Aldo Bardhi
  • Arilena Ara
  • Bojken Lako
  • Devis Xherahu
  • Eli Fara & Stresi
  • Elvana Gjata
  • Era Rusi
  • Gena
  • Genc Tukiçi & Nadia Tukiçi
  • Kamela Islamaj
  • Kanita
  • Kastro Zizo
  • Olta Boka
  • Renis Gjoka
  • Robert Berisha
  • Sara Bajraktari
  • Tiri Gjoci
  • Uendi Mancaku
  • Valon Shehu

What do you think? Are you excited for the FiK 58 lineup? Who would you like to see represent Albania in Rotterdam? Tell us your thoughts below!

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Anita
Anita
8 months ago

Maybe this is the hint that 2020 will be the Eurovision year of Barbies and Mike’s. They sing the kind of music I can’t hear any more. There is too much of it everywhere. But I confess I am over 30 😉

blaster
blaster
8 months ago

both Elvana, Arilena and Kanita are the best , i think Kanita will be the winner, she is perfectly beautiful, fresh, super nice voice and i think will be the winner.

Bram Wammes
Bram Wammes
8 months ago

I really wanted to see Inis Neziri and Soni Malaj return…

Christian
Christian
8 months ago

It’s getting close already. Can’t wait for the National final season! And Albania’s selection is perfect for my Christmas party.

Apple
Apple
8 months ago

So when Albania wins will every country need to bring an orchestral arrangement of their songs?

Christian
Christian
8 months ago
Reply to  Apple

Hopefully ??

Christian
Christian
8 months ago
Reply to  Christian

Oh I put two tongue out emojis. They were replaced by question marks lol

Loin dici
8 months ago
Reply to  Apple

Well… probably yes.
Here are some Eurovision trends over the years.
2016-Sweden: giant Melfest.
2017-Ukraine: a lot of minimal sounding entries.
2018-Portugal: language boomm
2019-Israel: quirky electro entries + bunch of Mediterranean pop.
2020-Netherlands: a lot of urban and acoustic sounds?

Ton
Ton
8 months ago

Guys, Arilena, Olta and so on are amazing, but you are missing the point on how HUGE Elvana is. She is uncontestedly the biggest Albanian pop singer. She stands to Albania what Beyonce stands to U.S for example, but bigger ?? She is not entering to participate, she is not entering to win FIK, but she is entering to win Eurovision.

Mina
Mina
8 months ago
Reply to  Ton

well, hopefully she has the song that can win the eurovision – the songs she has sang until now are good only for the balcans.

Liljana
8 months ago

Very excited about Elvana & Arilena. This will be their first FIK participation. Apparently this Festival might be fire considering that Alketa Vejsiu will be the host voluntarily without any payment. Vera Grabocka is a big and respected name as the director of FIK.

Mina
Mina
8 months ago

Arilena is far more interesting than Elvana – I really don’t understand the hype on Elvana, she is beautiful, can sing but I don’t like any of her songs. I hope it for Arilena to have a good song, smthing even better than Nentori.

Khan
Khan
8 months ago
Reply to  Mina

A m’don, Lejla and Njesoj are amazing songs. Way better than boring Nentori.

????????
????????
8 months ago

my country (albania) really wants to win or top rona ???

Nicolas
Nicolas
8 months ago

No Inis Neziri 🙁

Kredential
Kredential
8 months ago
Reply to  Nicolas

Apparently the song she’s competing with in Kenga Magjike (another song competition) was originally intended for FiK; so she either chose not to submit it or wasn’t chosen.

Inis is still very young though, she should spend a few years gaining some more experience (like she did this year with all those European song competitions) and find her identity as a musician, so that she comes back with a killer perfect song because she has soooo much potential, it would be a shame for her to waste it with a less-than-perfect song (like Lindita back in 2017)

Biyonse
Biyonse
8 months ago

Arilena >>>>>>>> Elvana

misse
misse
8 months ago

guys, im a elvana gjata fan since day one andi‘ve noticed that she is following AlexP (fuego composer) since few months …. ?????

Jessey
Jessey
8 months ago

Elvana is going to slayy

srulik
srulik
8 months ago

Albania kicks the eurovision season strong! can’t wait to hear the songs.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
8 months ago

No Elton Deda? Does this mean he is solely producing or is Genc Tukiçi likely to be doing it?
Also, good to see Soni Malaj on the selection panel. Hopefully, the songs will be a bit more contemporary as a selection because of it.

Kredential
Kredential
8 months ago

Wow, what a STACKED lineup Elvana Gjata is arguably Albania’s biggest pop singer this century (not counting people like Rita Ora and Dua Lipa obvs), Arilena is well known and has some fantastic songs, Alberie Hadergjonaj’s voice is past its prime but she has some amazing songs, Olta Boka of course and Era Rusi also has some gems. I really hope that these favourites have some great songs because I wouldn’t be surprised if we have a winner this year based on the name alone, so I hope there are some good songs to back the names up. I am… Read more »

Londoner
Londoner
7 months ago
Reply to  Kredential

What!!! What does Dua n Rita got to do woth this? Although, they have Albanian (Kosovon) back ground, that doesn’t mean anything!!! They are British Artists with a western influence and mentality. Nothing to do with their origins. Stop mentioning people born n bread abroad as they have nothing to do do with the Albanian reality! Their art/music is produced by british/American’s musicians!

Toffeenix
Toffeenix
8 months ago

Little disappointed that the only returnee from FiK 57 is Bojken Lako, when Jeto jeten was my least favourite entry at that competition. Still, this is a pretty solid list. I’m listening through the artists’ prior music now and I’m looking forward for FiK 58.

LILJANA SUFAJ
8 months ago
Reply to  Toffeenix

Who cares about Bojken Lako? The biggest anticipation is about Elvana Gjata dhe Arilena Ara. This is the first time for them to be a part of FIK , but I guess the big name of Vera Grabocka as a director has made it possible for it.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
Mr. Vanilla Bean
8 months ago

This seems rather promising. Arilena in particular.

Ugna
Ugna
8 months ago

SOOO EXCITED ABOUT ELVANA‘S AND ARILENA‘S SONGS OMGG CAN‘T WAIT

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
8 months ago

Wasn’t a huge fan of Olta’s vocals in 2008 (I think she should have had backing vocals) but the song was nice
Don’t quite know the others (well, Bojken I know xD)
Can’t wait to hear the songs! Love Albania and FiK!
Good luck

Nikki
Nikki
8 months ago

I loved Olta’s song back on her ESC year. I’m glad to see her trying again.

olvrfin
olvrfin
8 months ago

Albania has improved so much. I have never been a fan of FiK or anything but the previous edition was very strong and much more modern and that trend seems to continue. I honestly wpuldn’t see it impossible if Albania won in the next couple of years, and I’d really like that for sure! It’s always nice when a new country wins and gets the right to host. Is there a suitable arena in Albania?

Toffeenix
Toffeenix
8 months ago
Reply to  olvrfin

Their largest arena seats only 4k, so they’d probably have to stick a temporary roof on top of one of their seven stadiums with a capacity over 10k. Their national final venue, Pallati i Kongreseve, barely scrapes 2k.

Tom
Tom
8 months ago

Whats the name of Jonida’s backing vocalists ?

Ugna
Ugna
8 months ago
Reply to  Tom

Tiri gjoci and wendi mancaku, artemisa mithi isn‘t competing this year though(the third bv)

Tom
Tom
8 months ago
Reply to  Ugna

Thanks, I love Artemisa she was my crush last year in national selection, at least she was in ESC with Jonida, and i think Albania need to change the theme of the songs, its always rock or ballad even i loved Jonida 🙂 ….maybe they should sand normal pop song like Sweden or some rap …

Mark
Mark
8 months ago

I really want Albania to win ESC.

Alex
Alex
8 months ago

Really wished the other backing singer for Jonida had participated again. She’s so good. Instead of boring repeats like Bjoken Lako.

Alex
Alex
8 months ago

Omg Olta Boka is back!!! She’s or Tiri have to win it

Roelof Meesters
Roelof Meesters
8 months ago

Y’all ignoring Olta Boka- who KILLED IT in 2008 for Albania. This is such a great line- up, Albania is honestly becoming an ESC powerhouse with their strong entries in Albanian. Tirana 2021?

Aris Odi
Aris Odi
8 months ago

OMG ELVANA YASSSSS

Alex
Alex
8 months ago

Albania has step up their game recently. After Jonida’s impressive ethnic number in Tel Aviv, I hope they would slay their way in top 10 next year!

Erdi
Erdi
8 months ago

ALBANIA 2021?

Ani
Ani
8 months ago

I’m not sure if it’s real because they never mentioned Yll limani who is participating?

Zheng
Zheng
8 months ago

OMG!! Elvana and Arilena, I’m so excited!!

Eurovisionfan12
Eurovisionfan12
8 months ago

Kanita is also well known among the Balkan region (She’s Macedonian-Albanian btw)