Albania has a history of serving national final hype early. This year is no different, as the Mediterranean country was the first to reveal its potential entries for Eurovision 2021. Now, following the first two nights of Festivali i Këngës 59, it’s time to pick your winner from among the 18 finalists.
Who should win Festivali i Këngës 59?
We’ve previously run two polls to predict a winner of FiK 59. In our first poll of the season, which was based on the studio cuts of the songs, our dear readers named Anxhela Peristeri the winner with “Karma”, followed closely by Rosela Gjylbegu and “Vashëzo”. Rosela got 29.2% of the vote, but Anxhela’s 29.95% was enough to win.
After the first night, however, y’all had a change of heart! In our new poll, based on the first show of FiK 59, Inis Neziri emerged victorious. Her song “Pendesë” got 22.36% of the vote. That put her just 61 votes ahead of second-place finisher Era Rusi with “Zjarri im”. She earned 20.5% of the vote.
Festivali i Këngës 59 finalists
Now, after the second night of acoustic performances, the field has been narrowed from 25 to just 18. (There were, of course, originally 26 acts set for FiK 59, but sadly Manjola Nallbani had to withdraw due to her positive COVID-19 test result ahead of the show).
The seven acts eliminated before the final are: Agim Poshka, Enxhi Nasufi, Erik Lloshi, Fatos Shabani, Franc Koruni, Klint Çollaku and Stefan Marena.
That means the 18 qualifiers are:
- Sardi Strugaj – “Kam me t’ba me kajt”
- Xhesika Polo – “Më mbron”
- Orgesa Zaimi – “Kujtimet s’kanë formë”
- Wendi Mancaku – “Vesi i shpirti tim”
- Era Rusi – “Zjarri im”
- Gjergj Kaçinari – “Me jep jetë”
- Rosela Gjylbegu – “Vashëzo”
- Devis Xherahu – “Peng”
- Mirud – “Nëse vdes”
- Gigliola Haveriku – “E lirë”
- Viktor Tahiraj – “Nënë”
- Kamela Islama – “Kujtimet s’kanë formë”
- Florent Abrashi – “Vajzë”
- Inis Neziri – “Pendesë”
- Evi Reçi – “Tjerr”
- Anxhela Peristeri – “Karma”
- Festina Mejzini – “Kush je ti dashuri”
- Kastro Zizo – “Vallja e jetës”
Now it’s time for you to vote for your favourites. You can vote for as many acts as you’d like, but you can only submit your votes one time. The poll results will not be visible until voting closes. Voting ends 23 December at 18:00 CET.