`It’s the first national final of the Eurovision 2021 season. Now the 59th edition of Albania’s Festivali i Këngës reportedly has broadcast dates. The show will screen over three nights, from 21 to 23 December.
While broadcaster RTSH has not confirmed any details of when FiK 59 will screen, the dates have been revealed by Eurovision Albania — the Albanian branch of the OGAE fan network.
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The festival will begin with the first night on Monday 21 December, followed by the second night on Tuesday 22 December, and concluding with the grand final on Wednesday 23 December.
It hasn’t been confirmed if the three Festivali i Këngës shows will be broadcast live or if they will be recorded earlier in the week and played out later. Earlier speculation suggested that the shows would be prerecorded earlier in the week, with only the grand final voting and results broadcast live.
Festivali i Këngës 59 stage is under construction
Eurovision Albania also shared photos of the outdoor FiK 59 stage. The stage is currently under construction at Sheshi Italia (Italy Square) in downtown Tirana.
FiK59🇦🇱 staging is getting ready this monday. we hope we getting the final this week 😍🥰
📷 eurovision albania pic.twitter.com/VLo52oqICf
— igli🇦🇱 (@iamiglilime) December 14, 2020
RTSH has also shared photos on its Instagram stories of the festival competitors rehearsing on the stage.
The move to an open-air location has been done following prevailing health advice — from the likes of the World Health Organisation — which says outdoor locations reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission.
Performers can have no more than seven people on stage, including the artist. FiK 59 will also not involve the usual live orchestra.
Twenty-six artists will compete in the show, including familiar names like Orgesa Zaimi, Era Rusi, Mirud, and Inis Neziri. Festivali i Këngës will also be a mix of returning artists such as Anxhela Peristeri, Rosela Gjylbegu, Erik Lloshi and newcomers like Sardi Strugaj, Giglioala Haveriku, and Stefan Marena.
What do you think? Are you excited to see the new outdoor stage? Who would you like to see represent Albania in Rotterdam?