Anticipation is building for Albania’s Festivali i Këngës 58, the first national final of the 2020 season. The competing acts have already been revealed and very soon fans will be able to hear the entries. The 20 songs for FiK58 will be released this Monday, 9 December.
Eurovision Albania — the local OGAE fan club — shared the news. Wiwibloggs has also confirmed the dates with broadcaster RTSH.
— Eurovision Albania (@ESCAlbania) December 6, 2019
The 9 December release date means that fans will have one and a half weeks to familiarise themselves with the Festivali i Këngës 58 songs before the first show begins on 19 December.
As well as the best of Albanian talent, FiK58 will feature a star-studded line-up of visiting artists. The Albanian-born Greek diva Eleni Foureira will make an appearance, serving some fuego.
Italy’s Eurovision 2019 star Mahmood has also been confirmed for the event. Rounding out the bill will be Sanremo star Giusy Ferreri. These two acts reflect the close cultural bonds between Albania and Italy, as well as the influence of the Sanremo Music Festival on Festivali i Këngës.
Festivali i Këngës 58 – Competing acts
The 20 competing acts for Festivali i Këngës 58 were revealed in October. The lineup includes big names such as Albanian megastar Elvana Gjata, X Factor winner Arilena Ara, FiK46 winner Olta Boka, and festivali veterans Bojken Lako, Era Rusi and Kamela Islamaj.
The winner of Festivali i Këngës 58 will go on to represent Albania at Eurovision 2020 in Rotterdam.
Festivali i Këngës 58 will consist of three shows. The first two will be held on 19 and 20 December, there’ll be a break on the Saturday, before the grand final on Sunday 22 December. The show’s proximity to Christmas has earned it the nickname “FiKmas”.
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