Check your Internet connection and book some time away from the family gathering: Albania has confirmed the dates of its Eurovision 2022 national selection. As is Eurovision tradition, Festivali i Këngës will kick the ESC season into high gear. And we now know it’ll do so between 27 and 29 December.
Albanian national broadcaster RTSH has not yet announced any details about Festivali i Këngës 60, but the dates were published by Eurovision Albania — the official and highly reliable national branch of the OGAE fan network.
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The Festival will begin on 27 December with the first night of the show, followed by second night on 28 December. The grand final will unfold on 29 December.
Obviously the pandemic still looms large on the minds of producers and health officials. Although details remain hard to come by, our sources tell us that — unlike last year — the 2021 festival will be held indoors. It’s not yet clear whether there will be an orchestra.
You’ll recall that last year’s festival was held in a large public square, helping reduce the chance of transmission. Some singers privately said they were freezing, but that was a small price to pay to ensure the health and safety of those involved.
RTSH is expected to reveal the names of the participants for the 60th edition of Festivali i Këngës next week.
Last year, Anxhela Peristeri won the festival with her dramatic ballad “Karma”. She went on to give the song a major revamp — boosting its ethnic power — and worked with Swedish stage maestro Sacha Jean-Baptiste to create a memorable stage show. Our girl seemed to control the weather and the LED screen, unleashing drama that matched her epic voice and undeniable stage presence. Good karma, indeed!
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