FiKmas is near, as Eurovision fans get ready for Albania’s long-running song contest Festivali i Këngës 58. And things are a step closer, with the allocations and running order released for the contest’s two semi-finals.
The news was shared today by Eurovision Albania — the Albanian chapter of the OGAE fan network.
The acts have been evenly divided into two semi-finals of ten acts. This is returning to the tradition of two semi-finals, after the format shift for FiK57. Last year, all acts performed in each semi-final. In the first, the artists performed their songs with the RTSH Symphonic Orchestra, while on the second night, they performed the songs with the Eurovision arrangement.
The first semi-final opens with Nadia and Genc Tukiçi’s emotional ode to Albania’s capital, “Ju flet Tirana”. The show will close with Albërie Hadërgjonaj and her ballad”Ku ta gjej dikë ta dua”. The first semi-final also includes hot favourite Elvana Gjata, who will perform “Me tana” in the seventh slot.
The second semi will kick off with Kastro Zizo delivering his jaunty tune “Asaj”. The show will close with some orchestral rock drama when Valon Shehu performs “Kutia e Pandorës”.
Festivali i Këngës 58 – first semi-final running order
- Nadia and Genc Tukiçi – “Ju flet Tirana”
- Sara Bajraktari – “Ajër”
- Devis Xherahu – “Bisedoj me serenatën”
- Kanita Suma – “Ankth”
- Kamela Islamaj – “Më ngjyros”
- Bojken Lako – “Malaseen”
- Elvana Gjata – “Me tana”
- Aldo Bardhi – “Melodi”
- Renis Gjoka – “Loja”
- Albërie Hadërgjonaj – “Ku ta gjej dikë ta dua”
Festivali i Këngës 58 – second semi-final running order
- Kastro Zizo – “Asaj”
- Tiri Gjoci – “Me gotën bosh”
- Olta Boka – “Botë për dy”
- Era Rusi – “Eja merre”
- Wendi Mancaku – “Ende”
- Robert Berisha – “Ajo nuk është unë”
- Gena – “Shqiponja e lirë”
- Eli Fara & Stresi – “Bohemë”
- Arilena Ara – “Shaj”
- Valon Shehu – “Kutia e Pandorës”
The first semi-final of Festivali i Këngës 58 will take place this coming Thursday, 19 December, with the second semi-final on Friday 20th. The grand final will take places two days later, on Sunday December 22. Festivali i Këngës 58 will decide Albania’s entry for Eurovision 2020.
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