It is the long-running song contest that is traditionally the first national final of the Eurovision season. Now Albania‘s broadcaster RTSH has opened submissions for Festivali i Këngës — which will celebrate its 60th edition this year. The broadcaster is accepting entries from songwriters and performers.
RTSH announced details of the FiK60 submission process and promoted the launch with a trailer on social media.
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While Festivali i Këngës predates Albania’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest and is not strictly a stand-alone national final, RTSH have mentioned Eurovision 2022 as an opportunity for the winner of FiK60.
Interested artists are invited to submit potential entries to the broadcaster.
The Albanian broadcaster has yet not confirmed when will the submission period will close. It has also not confirmed what form the 60th edition of the contest will take and whether the contest will again be held in an open-air location or if it will return to its usual indoor venue.
Dates for Festivali i Këngës 60 have not been confirmed, however the contest usually involves three shows held sometime in the week before Christmas.
Festivali i Këngës and Eurovision
Festivali i Këngës has been held annually since 1962 and is the longest-running TV show in Albania. In 2003, the festival began double duty as Albania’s national selection, with the FiK winner going on to represent Albania at Eurovision.
FiK58 winner Arilena Ara was unable to go onto Eurovision as the 2020 edition of the song contest was cancelled. FiK59 was held under pandemic conditions. The contest was held on an outdoor stage and without the iconic live orchestra.
Festivali i Këngës entries are typically performed in Albanian. In some years, the song has been translated to English for the Eurovision version. However, in recent years Albania has done best with songs left in Albanian. In 2018, Eugent Bushpepa placed 11th with his rock anthem “Mall”. Earlier this year, Anxhela Peristeri placed 21st in the grand final with her song “Karma”.
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