Twenty-five acts sang during the first night of Festivali i Këngës 59 — Albania’s national final for Eurovision 2021. While the show has faced some major challenges because of the pandemic, including one act, Manjola Nallbani, coming down with the illness, producers made unprecedented changes to make sure the show could go on. They moved the event outside. Ditched the live orchestra. And pre-recorded the shows. Ultimately they delivered a programme that was worth the wait through all those drawn-out ads.
Era Rusi whipped her hair back. Orgesa Zaimi served stunning vocals in a monochrome suit. Anxhela Peristeri had backing dancers playing tug-of-war with her arms. Inis Neziri show off her pitch-perfect vocals. And Mirud created a MOOD. But who was your favourite? You can re-watch the show below. Then vote in our poll. You can vote for as many acts as you’d like, but you can only submit your votes ONE time. So make it count.
We will close this poll at 17:00 Tirana time on Tuesday afternoon. The results will NOT be visible until after the poll is closed.
Night 1 of FiK 59 was all about the original versions of the songs. On Tuesday, during Night 2, we will see the 25 acts perform acoustic versions of their songs. We’ll only learn the 18 finalists after the second night.
Who got your votes? Who do you think will improve during acoustic night? And who had the best staging? Let us know down below!