The first semi-final of Albania’s national final Festivali i Këngës 58 began tonight. The first ten competing acts performed their songs — but we won’t know which acts qualified for the grand final until after the second semi-final tomorrow night.
Like in 2018, the qualifying semi-finalists won’t be announced until all acts have performed. In 2018, eight entries qualified from the first semi-final but only six qualified from the second.
Tonight, the acts were assessed by an international expert jury, consisting of Greek Eurovision songwriter Dimitris Kontopoulos, Melodifestivalen producer Christer Björkman and Iceland’s Eurovision Head of Delegation Felix Bergsson.
Fan favourite Elvana Gjata was among the performers. She delivered a show-stopping performance of “Me tana”. Wearing a cool white suit, Elvana performed with nine dancers — four more than she would be allowed at Eurovision.
Another anticipated performance was Kanita Suma with “Ankth”. Wearing an elegant white gown, she performed her touching ballad.
Eurovision 2019 runner-up Mahmood made a guest performance. In the show’s interval, the Sanremo winner performed his new single “Barrio” and his Eurovision song “Soldi”, giving the FiK audience a taste of his contemporary urban R&B style.
The acts who have qualified for the grand final are expected to be named after the second semi-final on Friday night. The grand final will take place on Sunday 22 December.
FiK 58 semi-final one songs
The running order for the first semi-final was:
- Bojken Lako – “Malaseen”
- Kanita Suma – “Ankth”
- Devis Xherahu – “Bisedoj me serenatën”
- Aldo Bardhi – “Melodi”
- Kamela Islamaj – “Më ngjyros”
- Nadia and Genc Tukiçi – “Ju flet Tirana”
- Sara Bajraktari – “Ajër”
- Elvana Gjata – “Me tana”
- Renis Gjoka – “Loja”
- Albërie Hadërgjonaj – “Ku ta gjej dikë ta dua”
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