Festivali i Kenges 59 - Albania Eurovision 2019 - Lineup of Competing Acts

Albania’s Festivali i Këngës 59 — the first national final of the Eurovision 2021 season — finally kicks off this evening, Monday 21 December.

And while local fans in Albania and Kosovo can catch it by switching on their TVs, international viewers will need to try alternative means. Here’s when and how you can watch all three FiK 59 shows.

What time is Festivali i Këngës 59?

  • Show one — 21:00 CET on Monday 21 December
  • Show two — 21:00 CET on Tuesday 22 December
  • Grand final — 21:00 CET on Wednesday 23 December

All three shows were pre-recorded last week. Only the results segment of the final will be live. All acts will compete in shows one and two. The first show will be the debut live performance of each song. Show two will see the artists deliver acoustic and unplugged performances. Sixteen acts will make it to the final where seven jurors will decide the winner.

Watch Festivali i Këngës 59 online

All three programmes will be broadcast on Albania’s RTSH 1 and Kosovo’s RTK.

The online live stream for all three shows can be viewed here. It should be available to view worldwide.

FiK 59 songs

  • Agim Poshka – “Vendi im”
  • Anxhela Peristeri – “Karma”
  • Devis Xherahu – “Peng”
  • Durim Morina (Mirud) – “Nëse vdes”
  • Enxhi Nasufi – “Njësoj”
  • Era Rusi – “Zjarri im”
  • Erikson Lloshi – “Jo”
  • Evi Reçi -“Tjerr”
  • Fatos Shabani – “Ty”
  • Festina Mejzini – “Kush je ti dashuri”
  • Florent Abrashi – “Vajzë”
  • Franc Koruni – “E morën botën”
  • Giliola Haveriku – “E lirë”
  • Gjergj Kaçinari -“Më jep jetë”
  • Inis Neziri – “Pendesë”
  • Kamela Islamaj – “Kujtimet s’kanë formë”
  • Klevis Bega (Kastro Ziso) – “Vallja e jetës”
  • Klinti Çollaku – “Do t’ja dal”
  • Orgesa Zaimi – “Valixhja e kujtimeve”
  • Rosela Gjylbegu – “Vashëzo”
  • Sardi Strugaj – “Kam me t’ba me kajt”
  • Stefan Marena – “Meteor”
  • Viktor Tahiraj – “Nënë”
  • Wendi Mancaku – “Si ajo”
  • Xhesika Polo – “Më mbron”

Manjola Nallbani was forced to withdraw due to testing positive for COVID-19. She would have sung  “Ora e jetës”.

Will you be tuning in? Have you picked your winner? Let us know in the comments.

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Serbian-ze
Serbian-ze
3 months ago

Only INIS NEZIRI from the participants has the potential to achieve a good result at Eurovision.

Juan
Juan
3 months ago

Before the contest Mirud was my favourite. And although I loved the staging , costumes and choreography, Mirud himself did not seem well. He seemed to be sweating and like he was about to keel over. Im sure he can do much better than that and I hope all is well with him. Hopefully its just a massive hangover. lol Having said that it was still great. Although it was a bit muted and the notes a bit wobbly, because it looks like he might be unwell, the act is totally there. Would be great for Eurovision.

Last edited 3 months ago by Juan
waitaminuteholdon
waitaminuteholdon
3 months ago
Reply to  Juan

He was actually freezing haha, he said it on his Instagram. He recorded his performance at midnight at 6 degrees Celsius (the arena has no roof). Plus he was very nervous and wary of judgemental looks. A decent performance, all things considered.

Kalla
Kalla
3 months ago

Well for me they saved the best till last, I really like Miruds song and the Eastern dance rifts. Just a shame he didn’t quite have the charisma to pull it off!

Sabrina
Sabrina
3 months ago
Reply to  Kalla

I liked Mirud, but he seemed too worried about getting everything right. To perform a song like this, you must have fun while doing it. His vocals were great though. That beggining is awesome.

Kalla
Kalla
3 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Completely agree Sabrina, he was obviously trying to remember the steps and forgot to have fun! Shame as it would of been a hands down win for me if he’d got it right

Colin
Colin
3 months ago

Overall a nice opening show for the 2021 season. The competition is good, and I have no idea how many finalists there’ll be, but if I had to advance 12 of them, mostly based on the song, but also taking the performance into account:

  • Klinti Collaku, Xhesika Polo, Inis Neziri, Wendi Mancaku, Mirud, Anxhela Peristeri, Evi Reci, Enxhi Nasufi, Orgesa Zaimi, Sardi Strugaj, Florent Abrashi and either Fatos Shabani or Rosela Gylbegu

I am just glad that all of my top favorites were quite good tonight. 🙂

Last edited 3 months ago by Colin
Tibor
Tibor
3 months ago
Reply to  Colin

I wouldn’t count out Erik, even if we don’t like the lyrics of his song. Vocally, he was on point, and I guess if they had issues with an abortion themed song, they wouldn’t have put it into their line-up.

Colin
Colin
3 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

These are just my preferences. For instance, I believe that Era and Kastro will make it and I wouldn’t could out Erik either, although part of me would be sad that this message was endorsed. But to each their own. As you said, he indeed was stellar on stage.

I also wouldn’t count out Kamela. Her song is like a Valium for my insomnia, but she was point-on. If the vocal excellence is valued above some other aspects, she should be in. IMHO, the song comes first, but this IS FiK…

Last edited 3 months ago by Colin
Juan
Juan
3 months ago

Rosela Gjylbegu – “Vashëzo” was a very positive surprise and I think might be my favourite so far. Era Rusi – “Zjarri im” was great as well, but I kind of expected that 🙂

Colin
Colin
3 months ago

Xhesika’s song really is haunting and she looked like she felt every bit of that on stage. I was also very impressed by Sardi’s dark and striking choreography.

Colin
Colin
3 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Vajze has such a nice, pleasant chorus but it would certainly benefit from that 3 mins. limit. I liked it anyway.

Anxhela – Wow, that was intense in a good way!

Last edited 3 months ago by Colin
Tibor
Tibor
3 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Florent Abashi was the first act of the evening who wasn’t very thoughtfully styled, though. But Anxhela Peristeri was absolutely convincing, without a doubt a contender for the win.

Sabrina
Sabrina
3 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Anxhela really brought it! The song grew on me with time and it’s very adequated for a live performance. I just don’t understand why choreographers insist on dancers carrying the singer around, but that’s a minor issue. I guess she’s a strong contender.

Also liked Sardi. Another song that grew on me and the staging translated the lyrics in a very creative manner.

Tibor
Tibor
3 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

I told y’all, Sardi’s good. 🙂 I will be really mad if they won’t let him advance to the final.

Sabrina
Sabrina
3 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

Are there eliminations? Since everbody is performing both days, I assumed they would go full Sanremo with that.

Tibor
Tibor
3 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

I think there are eliminations for the final day, though.

Fionn
Fionn
3 months ago

This is actually unreal imo. The stage looks amazing, the styling is immaculate and the dancing is brilliant. Thank god it didn’t rain!

Nicolas
Nicolas
3 months ago

This is so painful to watch. All performances have been already pre-recorded and it doesn’t even sounds live singing.

Andreas
Andreas
3 months ago
Reply to  Nicolas

They are performing studio versions today and live performances tomorrow. I think they’ve done a great job, circumstances considered.

Tibor
Tibor
3 months ago

Three songs in and there’s already the first commercial break, after the commercial break the first interval act – I guess Festival i Këngës is getting more and more like Sanremo. 😉
Enxhi Nasufi was a great show opener by the way, thoughtfully styled and good vocals. The stage also looks very nice. I’m already enjoying this.

Tibor
Tibor
3 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

Eleven songs in and I really like their styling, they all look really good, even Kastro Ziso in his skirt and his leather vest. The vocal performances on the other hand weren’t all 100% convincing. Orgesa Zaimi was great, and the song was better live than in the studio cut. Also Erik Lloshi sounded great, too bad his song is a fetus’s plea to his mother not to abort it (I never noticed the heartbeat at the beginning of the song, was that already there in the studio cut?). Wendi Mancaku sounded also very good, much more convincing than last… Read more »

Sabrina
Sabrina
3 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

Orgesa had the best vocals so far. Really elevated the song and made me forget for a moment how disappointed I was about her song being so “well behaved” compared to her previous entries. Erik did great too, but yeah, there’s this elephetus in the room (sorry for the pun). Don’t know what Wendi is singing about (and after “Jo” it makes me anxious), but her and Gigliola’s were my favorite songs so far. I just think Gigliola hadn’t her best performance, while Wendi was great.

Tibor
Tibor
3 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Gigliola really wasn’t good, you could barely hear her during the verses, it was much too low for her, the chorus was better, so it could just be an issue with the key.

Last edited 3 months ago by Tibor
Tibor
Tibor
3 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

Era Rusi was a lot, but we all should have expected it after last year. But at least she was moving – contrary to Stefan Marena who just stood there.
Oh and now my three other favourites in a row !

Sabrina
Sabrina
3 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

Considering last time someone here in the comments defined Era’s performance as “drunk people at a wedding reception” and I’ve never forgotten it, I would say it was a huge improvement. At least it had a theme and it was more entertaining than confusing.

Last edited 3 months ago by Sabrina
Tibor
Tibor
3 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

And nobody put their hands between her legs … 😉

Tibor
Tibor
3 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

Sardi Strugaj was fantastic, my favourite until now hands down, great stage presence, really well sung. “Vashëzo” on the other hand wasn’t as impactful as I’d expected, the stage looked empty and everything was a little static. Xhesika Polo had some sound engineering issues (she wasn’t the first one), and that is a little problematic with a song like hers that is vocally very nuanced. I’m torn, she sung it well, but it didn’t really sound that convincing on screen.

Tibor
Tibor
3 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

Fatos Shabani’s song is very charming and his delivery was better than I expected. Anxhela Peristeri was vocally flawless. Probably the best vocal performance until now. I’m still not sure about the song, but I enjoyed the live more than the studio cut. This could win, though.

Tibor
Tibor
3 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

Evi Reçi rocked the yellow pantsuit, and the song is really memorable. That cannot be said for Inis Neziri’s “Pendesë”. Vocally I also have to give the edge to Anxhela. Kamela Islamaj deserves a better song. Klinti was after one bum note at the beginning vocally also very convincing, still don’t particularly like the song, though. And I really love Mirud, but this, in my opinion, just isn’t the song.

Sabrina
Sabrina
3 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

I think Inis did a great job and it’s probably between her and Anxhela. But I believe Inis is much better than her song. Evi Reçi looked fantastic and I love Kamela’s singing style. This won’t be her year, but I would love if she wins someday.

Tibor
Tibor
3 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

If it’s between Anxhela and Inis, I’d clearly go for Anxhela. But my heart still belongs to Sardi, especially after this performance.
“Pendesë” sounds like the quintessential Albanian entry, though. And I swear to God, if it wins, they will 100% translate it into English.

Sabrina
Sabrina
3 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

They’ll translate (if this is not already a translation from English) and I predict a huge revamp. And this time they really need one.

I prefer Anxhela’s song, but I believe Inis has a higher ceiling in terms of potential results.

Tibor
Tibor
3 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Not sure about this, Inis could easily pull another Lindita, but it’s impossible to tell without knowing any of the other entries.

Sabrina
Sabrina
3 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

I say it because I feel Inis would be the dream candidate for a singing competition. She’s beautiful, has a beautiful voice, hit all the notes and do it consistently… I can see herself winning jurors and audience members by herself. But of course it would help if she had a song that wasn’t so obvious.

Tibor
Tibor
3 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

But everything you say is also true for Anxhela, isn’t it? Besides, I heard quite a bit of a strain in Inis’ voice, whereas Anxhela was flawless. And I’m absolutely impartial, I really want Sardi at Eurovision. 😉

Sabrina
Sabrina
3 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

In theory, yes. But Anxhela is older (it shouldn’t matter at all, but we know it does, especially when audiences are judging women) and her style is less “universal” (and we know how juries can be allergic to what’s ethnic).

In any case, I’m fine with both of them, as I would be with Sardi. Honestly, I don’t even have a clear frontrunner this time.

Colin
Colin
3 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

“Pendesë” sounds like the quintessential Albanian entry, though. And I swear to God, if it wins, they will 100% translate it into English.”

Uff… Yeah, I have that hunch too, but I’m afraid it will strip it of it’s most interesting aspect. I mean, most translations don’t ruin the song musically, but in most *Albanian* cases, they manage to strip them of their flair and make them just ordinary pop songs.

And yes, even though I really like Pendese, it does feel like a quintessential Albanian winner.

Kalla
Kalla
3 months ago

Is anyone having streaming issues? I’m in UK, all I’m getting is a green fuzzy screen?

Sabrina
Sabrina
3 months ago
Reply to  Kalla

Thankfully, they’re broadcasting it in Youtube too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxiBNYrzHJs&ab_channel=RTSH-RadioTelevizioniShqiptar

Colin
Colin
3 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Thanks, Sabrina! I had some brief glitchings in image, but thankfully the sound was unaffected by it. I think this option will be better. 😉

Kalla
Kalla
3 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Sabrina thank you so much, life saver! I hope I haven’t missed to much.

Sabrina
Sabrina
3 months ago
Reply to  Kalla

No problem. 🙂 I was experiencing the same issues you and Colin were having and I decided to click in the Youtube icon just in case, so I haven’t lost anything. You probably lost just the first 3 entries, because they had a looooong commercial break after that.

Colin
Colin
3 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

I saw all seven entries thus far. Enxhi, Gigliola and Orgesa showed some final-worthy skills.

Also, a genuine question for those following FiK, Sanremo and FdC – Do interviews with laureats do anything constructive when exceeding 3 minutes? I mean, I am all for giving a nod to veterans and producers, but anything above the 3 minutes time limit is suited for separate Tv interviews, not selection shows.

Last edited 3 months ago by Colin
Sabrina
Sabrina
3 months ago
Reply to  Colin

According to my almost non-existent skills in Albanian, I guess he was a doctor talking about the pandemic. If that’s the case, it was a curious choice for a music contest, but if makes more people social isolating and use masks, I’m in. It shouldn’t last that long though. FdC at least does these long things after all entries were performed, FiK and Sanremo do that between them.

Colin
Colin
3 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Ok, I can support that purpose, but it really took too long and felt static.

Btw, Wendy was excellent. 🙂

Sabrina
Sabrina
3 months ago
Reply to  Colin

My favorite so far (I love Gigliola’s song, but I think her performance wasn’t good tonight). I just hope the song isn’t about something like incentiving dancers to smoke. After “Jo”, I’m being carefully before endorsing a song without knowing the lyrics. 😀

Una
Una
3 months ago

I hope it will be available for viewing in the whole world. Will definitely tune in and celebrate the start of the season with the first winner and participating song for the 2021 edition!
And also celebrate a small country that make the best of their culture and artists and composers in a feast of music. Unlike those that go for internal selections and names and networking.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
3 months ago

So jealous of all of you Europeans being able to watch this on a Monday evening instead of a really early Tuesday morning for us Eastern folks. 😉

Whisker
Whisker
3 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

Eat more Brie instead of kimchi!

Jacob S
Jacob S
3 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

No, it starts at 2:35pm on Monday I believe for EST time in the USA!

Neil
Neil
3 months ago
Reply to  Jacob S

It starts 2:00 pm for CST
Just letting you know 🙂

Sabrina
Sabrina
3 months ago
Reply to  Neil

The curious thing is that I looked for it in RTSH’s site when it was already the 21st in Albania, and it was scheduled for 8:35pm, but they changed to 9pm now.

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
3 months ago

Era Rusi and Inis Neziri deserve the victory the most according to both songs and performances

Whisker
Whisker
3 months ago

So the winner is already known by the jury and broadcaster? If so, that feels a bit like a downer and “it’s all for the show”, for realz.

Una
Una
3 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

Well I would think the current circumstances do not allow for more spontaneity? What can I say. We do have a three-day show to enjoy, celebrate and talk about 🙂 And a first winner participant of the 2021 contest 🙂

Tibor
Tibor
3 months ago

Is the line-up of the semis been kept a secret? I still can’t find it anywhere.
And of course I’ll be tuning in, what else would I do on a Monday evening in the midst of a pandemic? I would love to see at least one of my four favourites go through to the final, but it’s the black box Albania, so I’m preparing for the worst. 😉

RavensHeart
RavensHeart
3 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

All acts perform both nights.

Tibor
Tibor
3 months ago
Reply to  RavensHeart

Oh, I see, I didn’t know that, thank you. 🙂

Ewan
Ewan
3 months ago
Reply to  RavensHeart

FiK is starting to look a lot like Sanremo in all the complexity and nonsensity of its format.

Loin dici
Loin dici
3 months ago
Reply to  Ewan

It’s a part of its charm, perhaps.

Una
Una
3 months ago
Reply to  RavensHeart

What will they sing on the second night? I understood that the first is the competing song. And what about the third – final? Another rendition of the original song?

Lebanese esc fan
Lebanese esc fan
3 months ago
Reply to  Una

I believe they will perform an acoustic version of their song on the second night based on rehearsel snippets posted on twitter.

Malo
Malo
3 months ago
Reply to  Una

First night – all songs get performed
Second night – acoustic versions of all the songs
Third night – the qualifiers get to perform again, just like in Eurovision