It’s traditionally the first national final of the Eurovision season. And just ahead of its 60th edition, Albania’s Festivali i Kenges has the rumour mill spitting out names of potential artists. The names on the tips of so many lips include much-anticipated comebacks and long-waited debutants. With a bit more than one week to go, let’s take a look at some of the potential competitors of FiK 60.

Elhaida Dani

Let’s start with the comebacks. As we previously reported, Elhaida Dani is the most talked-about of possible returnees. Speculation reached peak levels following her appearance on “ABC e Pasdites” hosted by Ermal Peci, where she teased that she will be back in Tirana for an undisclosed project in December. And since we all know FiK happens in December, fans have wondered aloud if she’ll be taking another spin on the Festivali i Kenges stage. Another hint? Elhaida still has one unpublished song produced by Kledi Bahiti, which she decided to keep off her EP last minute.

Mirud

Mirud is another possible returnee. Our sources close to the artist have already teased to us that he is strongly considering a comeback. On top of that, he recently shared a tweet that added fuel to the fuego. Mirud has already participated twice in Festivali i Kenges with “Nene” and “Nese Vdes”, and both of his songs had huge support among Eurovision fans. Regardless of whether he competes or not, we know his forthcoming music will only get bigger and bolder.

Yll Limani

Yll Limani is one of the biggest stars in the Albanian music industry, pumping out songs that become hits in his native Kosovo and beyond. He’s a familiar face to diehard Euofans: he debuted in Festivali i Kenges 55 with “Shiu”, which went on to become a major hit after the festival. Our sources in Albania have been whispering for some time that he looked very kindly on RTSH’s invitation to participate in FiK 60. We’ve heard he’s leaning toward a no, but in Albania everything can change last minute.

Besa Kokedhima

Besa Kokedhima could mount a return after 11 years. Besa participated in Festivali i Kenges 47 and 49, and just like most of the top Albanian artists it really helped launch her career. Besa’s competitive history isn’t limited only to FiK. In 2009 she took her song “Nothin’ Gonna Change” to the Romanian National Final, Selectia Nationala, where she reached in semi-finals. She also won the storied competition Kenga Magjike in 2013 with the song “Tatuazh ne zemer”. Since that moment Albanian Eurovision fans have been looking forward to seeing her on stage at Festivali i Kenges and the Eurovision Song Contest.

Ronela Hajati

And let’s continue with the possible newcomers at the Festival. Ronela Hajati is one of the biggest pop music stars in Albania. She’s never taken part in the Festival as singer, but she did write the lyrics for Erga Halilaj’s “Ti s’me njeh” in FiK 53. Over the years interviewers have always asked her if she’d take part, but she was always wary of this idea — even though she has expressed her interest to be part of the Eurovision Song Contest. Even though she would be debuting in the contest, she would no doubt be a major contender to snatch the trophy. Sources close to the artist have told us that she’s been considering a debut with a strong dance song.

 

Alban Ramosaj

Since his recent victory in Kenga Magjike with “Thikat e mia”, Alban Ramosaj has become the name on the top of wishlists for Festivali i Kenges. In his interview with our Deban Aderemi right after he’d taken hold of that trophy, he proved his knowledge of the Eurovision Song Contest and expressed his enthusiasm to be part of it. He even flew to Rotterdam to enjoy the show and support Anxhela Peristeri. Again, our sources in Albania have told us that Alban has been working on more than one song for Festivali i Kenges. But it’s still not clear if he’s decided if any are strong enough to mark his entry.

Beatrix Ramosaj

Beatrix Ramosaj, or, as European media like to say, the “Albanian Rihanna”, has been part of the music and modelling industries for years now. She competed in Kenga Magjike and Top Fest earlier in her career, but since then she’s steered clear of all festivals in Albania. According to our sources, Beatrix may make her Festivali i Kenges debut this year with a song composed by someone really close to her.  She’ll have to balance this with her ongoing focus on developing her career in Europe, where she continues to make music and model in The Netherlands.

With just days before the final list of participants is revealed, the rumour mill is still hotting up. Among other artists said to be in the mix in recent days are: Bojken Lako, Lorela Sejdini, Mentor Haziri and Xhesika Polo.

Which of these artists you would like to see at the stage of Festivali i Kenges 60? Let us know in the comments box down below. 

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sam
sam
1 month ago

i listened to elhaida’s EP and it’s wonderful, wow… i’m excited to see if she will compete and what the song that’s missing is. very commercial and like a latin-albanian mix and lots of emotion. she could easily get albania to the final with any of the songs on it, i particularly enjoyed hajmali, amore, and kenga jone

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Noel
Noel
1 month ago

Rona should sing for Albania at the eurovision song contest as she got robbed off the first place in 2012

Apollo
Apollo
1 month ago

I can’t get over how bad Mirud’s performance was last year. I’ve never seen an artist look so uncomfortable and awkward on stage until he performed, it almost felt like he was going to faint several times throughout – really hard to watch! Also, Mirud seems to buy views and comments on YouTube. If you take a look at the comments under his videos many fake accounts post the exact same comment 4-5 times. I don’t understand why an upcoming artist would buy followers, views and comments – use that money to buy a vocal coach and someone to help… Read more »

Hyunwoo
Hyunwoo
1 month ago

For me, i like Alban Ramosaj and Elhaida Dani. Because they have good songs!
But I really hope that it will be Alban Ramosaj.

Alex
Alex
1 month ago

Wiwi is pushing for Mirud and Alban but yeah Albania should send a male singer next time (unless a female singer has a better song ofc).

Last edited 1 month ago by Alex
Malo
Malo
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

It doesn’t matter who anyone pushes. It’s who RTSH wants. Or if the rumours are true and Ardit Gjebrea will host, then who he wants.

Azaad
Azaad
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

Would like to see a male balladeer or a female rocker. A gender flip of their usual genre choices could be cool.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Azaad

I’d like to see something different from Albania than the usual ballad. I don’t care if they pick another woman or choose a male singer this time, I care more for a different music genre from Albania.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 month ago

I might be alone but seeing Lorela Sejdini’s name mentioned here makes me more excited than anything else. Big fan!

Ria van de Velde
Ria van de Velde
1 month ago

I hope for Eugent Bushpepa , Rona Nishliu , and Arilena Ara

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago

You know, I just realized that Albania has never sent an artist more than once. Depending on who is going to compete in this year’s FiK, Could we have a first returning Albanian champion? We’ll see.

Tom
Tom
1 month ago

Rona Nishliu!

Josef
1 month ago

I wouldn’t mind if Inis Neziri would try it again… ?

Doris
Doris
1 month ago

And Bojken Lako lol.

Kuni0305
Kuni0305
1 month ago

We need Besa with a bop like Tatuzah ne zemer. I would also like to see Sonj Malaj, Rovena Dilo, Wendi Mancaku, Gerta Mahmutaj (she had a huge bop at Kenga Magijke 2021) and maybe Rozana Radi as a composor.

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eurovision2016>
1 month ago

how about elvana and kanita guys?

Ashton
Ashton
1 month ago

I need Xhesika to come back and win tbh. me mbron was so overlooked, it was one of the best national selection songs of the year

usain1
usain1
1 month ago

I want Alban Ramosaj. Not just for FiK, but also for me… 🙂 He is just soooo sexy.

Rojo Mx
Rojo Mx
1 month ago
Reply to  usain1

I think everybody does honey. And he’s so charismatic too

usain1
usain1
1 month ago
Reply to  Rojo Mx

True. A nice & hairy chest like he has offers a lot of charisma. He shows it in this video, I love this song:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-8v9P6OUGQ

sam
sam
1 month ago

i’ve wanted to see yll limani back more than anyone since he last competed.. shiu (had it won fik) would’ve been in my top 5 of 2017. i really hope he ends up participating this year

zheng
zheng
1 month ago
Reply to  sam

Me too! Shiu is absolutely amazing! My favourite song in this FiK edition

Croatia
Croatia
1 month ago
Reply to  zheng

Agree boy has talent and good songs

Alo
Alo
1 month ago

I saw arilena ara name circuling around web also.. I hope that’s true.

Maxim
Maxim
1 month ago
Reply to  Alo

Oh really? On which websites did you read this? I would be so happy if she participated again!

Alo
Alo
1 month ago
Reply to  Maxim

Twitter.. But maybe just a rumor

Kuni0305
Kuni0305
1 month ago
Reply to  Alo

I thought she said in an interview that she will not participate again.

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eurovision 12
1 month ago

I think Mirud mentioned last year after FIK, that he won’t be participating in the upcoming year(s) 🙂 But for sure I hope I’m wrong and he will be back