Merry FiKmas! On Monday, Albania will begin Festivali i Këngës 60, the three-night extravaganza that will also decide the act that will represent the country at Eurovision 2022. But before Albania decides, we’ve done some ranking of our own.

The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — has taken some time out from the festive season and listened to all 20 competing acts of FiK60. We’ve ranked our top songs in Eurovision fashion and combined our scores to determine our absolute favourites, with written reviews for the top 11. Who is our favourite? Read on to find out!

Festivali i Këngës 60: The Wiwi Jury’s Top 20 Ranking

18= Xhuli Pjetraj – “Baladë” (0 points)

18= Sajmir Çili – “Nën maskë” (0 points)

18= Eldis Arrnjeti – “Refuzoj” (0 points)

17. Endri and Stefi Prifti – “Triumfi i jetës” (3 points)

15= Evi Reçi – “Më duaj” (4 points)

15= Denis Skura – “Pse nuk flet, mama?” (4 points)

14. Gjergj Kaçinari – “Në ëndërr mbete ti” (7 points)

12= Urban Band – “Padrejtësi” (8 points) 🥉 – Lauren

12= Kastro Zizo – “Kujë” (8 points) 🥉 – Robyn

9= Shega – “Një” (11 points)

🥉 – Padraig

Padraig: In a sea of big ballads and traditional tunes, there’s something charming and fresh about this trio of chilled-out chums. They remind me a lot of Switzerland’s 2014 crooner Sebalter, complete with some cheeky chappy whistling. However, they’re lacking the Swiss man’s charisma and dynamism. The entry meanders a little, and it’s outstayed its welcome before we reach the end.

9= Mirud – “Për dreq” (11 points)

Robyn: Mirud has a lot of potential but he’s not quite hitting the mark here. There’s a lot to like about his performance of “Për dreq”, especially his expressive dramatic vocals (and you know he’s going to deliver on the FiK stage). However, the song itself doesn’t quite offer enough. Rather than showcasing Mirud’s vocals, the song  is devoid of any hooks and has too many instrumental sections, squandering the precious three minutes.

9= Kejsi Rustja – “Vallëzoj me ty” (11 points)

Padraig: There’s something about Kejsi. In 2009, Tola gave us an iconic Albanian bubblegum pop moment in Moscow. And now Rustja is ready to deliver us another over a decade later. A real grower, this uplifting mid-tempo bop reaches a satisfying climax as Kejsi’s vocals pack a powerful yet sweet punch.

8. Viola Xhemali – “Eja si erë” (12 points)

Robyn: This is such a cute and lovely song! Viola’s vocals are beguiling, sweetly flowing with the song. The gentle beats take the song along on a pleasant journey, leading to the repetitive but catchy chorus. But girl, we need to talk about that saxophone solo. It is alarming and jarring, on par with the comedically awful sax solo in “My Lovely Horse”. The song would be better off with a gentle middle-eight, rather than a honking 80s sax-stravaganza.

6= Kelly – “Meteor” (13 points)

Lauren: We’ve already had a young man singing a song called “Meteor” last edition, and I suppose that’s why I approached this song with low expectations. And that’s also why the song was a positive surprise. There’s a somewhat anthemic quality to the vocal melody in the chorus, and the emotion is conveyed really well through the language barrier!

6= Ester Zahiri – “Hiena” (13 points)

Tom: This is the Albanian Ariana Grande, I am convinced of it. I love Ester’s voice. I can feel the emotion when she sings — it sounds like her voice could really lend itself to some serious pop bangers. “Hiena” of course is not a pop banger nor is it a particularly unique song, but nevertheless it still is a lovely ballad and has an outside chance reaching Turin. I can’t help but feel that if Ester enters another year with a bigger song, (which she can absolutely deliver) then we will see her at a future ESC.

5. Rezarta Smaja – “E jemja nuse” (17 points)

🥉 – Tom

Lauren: “E jemja nuse” does an excellent job in captivating the listener. It shifts in mood several times and jumps a whole octave early on, showing the extent of Rezarta Smaja’s vocal range. Some things about it even have a hint of Montaigne, which in my book is a big big compliment. Definitely stands out musically.

4. Janex – “Deluzional” (19 points)

🥇 – Lauren

Lauren: Festivali i Këngës is never the most diverse selection of the Eurovision national final season. It’s exactly this that makes sonically unique entries – like “Hije”, “Më ngjyros”, “E lirë” – stand out. “Deluzional” gains from that, and its distinctive cool, dark vibe shines. A very powerful tune.

3. Olimpia Smajlaj – “Dua” (25 points)

🥈 – Lauren, Robyn

Robyn: There’s something enjoyably unsettling about “Dua”. It has an electro-swing sound to it, but is miles removed from the ill-fated entry from Electro Velvet. The studio version sounds a little under produced, but the live version with the FiK orchestra is sure to bring a fuller feel. Olimpia has great vocals, with a rich, soulful tone. The ingredients are there for a great live performance that could easily stand up on the Eurovision stage.

2. Alban Ramosaj – “Theje” (30 points)

🥈 – Padraig, Tom

Tom: Easily the most impressive male sung song of the lot. Alban Ramosaj serves us a song full of power and passion. I love how the first verse properly simmers, then bubbles and builds up to the explosion in the chorus. And it continues! It is a relentless song that holds you in a lock for three minutes and four seconds and does not let go. Nor do you want it to. Absolutely brilliant and it comes with a big chance.

1. Ronela Hajati – “Sekret” (36 points)

🥇 – Padraig, Robyn, Tom

Padraig: We were denied “Me Tana” two years ago. But now, FiK has an opportunity to redeem itself and sent Europe the ethnic bop that it deserves. Like Elvana, Ronela is a readymade superstar. She’s got the talent, uniqueness, nerve and charisma needed for the modern contest. This really is Albania’s only credible option if it’s to climb out of its big-ballad safety net. And, even though we only know two songs from the 2022 line-up, it’s highly unlikely that we’ll hear anything like this in Turin.

Do you agree with our rankings? Who’s your favourite? And who do you think will win? Let us know below.

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Etienne
Etienne
4 months ago

Alban for me! Goosebumps

Colin
Colin
4 months ago

The running order is out. Everyone performs today. Kelly opens the show, Mirud is second, Ronela 17th, and Alban closes.

Ukraine stan
Ukraine stan
4 months ago

It starts about 21:00 CET and lasts a little over 2h. Wiwi’s insta has posted the running

esc1234
esc1234
4 months ago

With a good revamp Ronela can slay in Turin. Enough with the ballads Albania, enough.

Mr X
Mr X
4 months ago
Reply to  esc1234

But no english version please !

Colin
Colin
4 months ago

I checked YT likes of each song, and it’s not even close – Alban and Ronela are leading the pack with 1.5 (Alban) and 1.7 k likes (Ronela). First next are the Prifti brothers with 580 likes. Mirud has 497. Of course, it’s impossible to say how much dislikes each song has. Still, this is likely between two of them. And based of their previous festival live performances, I’m quite leaning on Ronela now. Edit: It pains me to say this, but I’ve seen Alban’s KM performance, and he goes overboard to a degree of being more loud than melodic… Read more »

Last edited 4 months ago by Colin
Agent 007
Agent 007
4 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Of course, it’s impossible to say how much dislikes each song has” there are apps and extensions showing the dislikes.

Héctor
Héctor
4 months ago

Alban Ramosaj, I hardly see a better option tbh. Maybe Ronela or Janex could do it too.

Safiya
Safiya
4 months ago

What time does it start? Is is streamed on YouTube?

Ukraine stan
Ukraine stan
4 months ago
Reply to  Safiya

9pm CET. It’s streamed on the official RTSH site

ete sech
ete sech
4 months ago

I’m rooting for Ronela! Her song, albeit it might need a revamp, stands out –as it’s different to what we’re used to hearing from Albania. I like “Theje” too but it’s the typical ballad, only sung by a man instead of a woman.

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4 months ago
Reply to  ete sech

She said that if she wins the fik60, she will send an another song for eurovision maybe the first days of the new year

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
4 months ago

You know, no matter who actually wins in next couple of days, let’s wish all of the singers good luck And hope they all perform well.

lasse braun
lasse braun
4 months ago

hi!
team ronela here – for me the song is “me tana 2” but in a different good way!
i would not underestimate kastro zizo maybe not for the win but for third place.
he is the special progressive act in this contest.
as i know so far,we will get a live orchestra too and that will give me cool sanremo vibes – the FiK song quality is very good – the best NF by a mile so far and the winner of it will be a strong contender in turin…if we hopely get ronela.

Esc addict
Esc addict
4 months ago

My winner before the live show is Esther Zahiri.

Rodrigo Pinto
Rodrigo Pinto
4 months ago

I think FiK is awesome this year, and there are loads of songs I would be happy to see winning!

A big shout-out to my personal winner Baladë and Xhuli – I really hope the live performance will be as beautiful as the song is for me!!

I’m supporting both Alban and Ronela (their entries have great qualities in very different ways), Ester, Rezarta, Janex & Mirud – I’ll be a very happy man if any of their songs get the honour of winning!

Rodrigo Pinto
Rodrigo Pinto
4 months ago
Reply to  Rodrigo Pinto

Oops forgot to add Olimpia ? Dua is amazing!!

DonDon
DonDon
4 months ago

Sekret has couple of moments where it’s hard to build up an everflowing show so I have my doubts about it, and let’s not forget it’s Fik, where the local juries seem to have ballads as their favourites.

Timi
Timi
4 months ago

“Stop talking about Me Tana and accept she didn’t make it” Challenge. I agree with the top 3 and I believe Ronela will slay that stage!

mark
mark
4 months ago

i hope theje wins since it’s my favourite song, but the rehearsal hasn’t got my hopes up…

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
4 months ago

Pfft. We weren’t denied “Me Tana”, it lost out to a better song. We aren’t going to be denied “Sekret” either, it’s just going to be 2nd place to a better song again.
“Refuzoj” is my second place and it got no points here so….meh. XD

Colin
Colin
4 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

I like Refuzoj too. 🙂 As for the actual 2nd place, I have a feeling we’ll be surprised once again. Rezarta? Endri & Stefi? It’s more likely that a veteran with a less fan-hyped song will finish second to Alban than either Ronela or Mirud. I might be wrong, but this is FiK…

molelu
molelu
4 months ago

rooting for the legend of FIK: Rezarta Smaja
I need this Samba in Turin!
And we all know that she can perform the house down

Mustafa
Mustafa
4 months ago

Alban sounds bad live and Ronela needs a revamp, but yeah, it’s gonna be a 2-way contest between them, atm i’m gonna give the slight edge to Ronela.

Addie
Addie
4 months ago

Woo, FIK is finally gonna start! I’m really excited!!! My biggest hope is for Ronela, though I do admit that her song is a wee bit overhyped by the fandom (including me!) I actually didn’t pay much attention to Theje, but after seeing other people’s reactions, I’m actually kinda scared to listen to it lol. But I actually like Shega, I don’t know why, indie always attracts me for some reason.

Paca
Paca
4 months ago

I go with Alban Ramosaj.

Me tana was a great song and a lost opportunity to Albania winning eurovision, but we need to move on.

This year THEJE is the best song.

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago
Reply to  Paca

Hold hands.

Yes. No. No.

No.

Im so fab
Im so fab
4 months ago
Reply to  Paca

Albania is ready to qualify 4 consecutive times to the grand final. For the first time. If they pick Alban, they won’t do it. He can’t sing.

Roodi
Roodi
4 months ago
Reply to  Im so fab

Wow what a Suprise Greek does not like any of the FIK songs

Im so fab
Im so fab
4 months ago
Reply to  Roodi

How old are you honey? Can you read? Are you illiterate? Are you blind?
Please show me where I said I don’t like any FiK song. I’m waiting.

Giolo
Giolo
4 months ago
Reply to  Im so fab

I suggest you to watch the latest rehearsals, he sang almost perfectly and actually he has the only song in the selection which could qualify.

Sekret may qualify too, but Ronela would translate into English = destroy it

Roodi
Roodi
4 months ago
Reply to  Giolo

Are you deaf he can not sing Ronela is the only good option

Colin
Colin
4 months ago

Again, we are presented with a ”Shaj vs Me tana” scenario, and I feel like both of these entries have advantages and disadvantages. Theje has deeper lyrics and a more consistent melody, while Sekret can feel disjointed at times. However, I feel like Ronela delivers just the right amount of energy, while Alban oversings a bit. Not to mention that having Sekret as a representative would feel more creative for Albania. Other than these two, I quite like the songs of Mirud, Ester Zahiri, Eldis Arrnjeti, and Gjergj Kacinari. I agree with Robyn, though; Per dreq could have a more… Read more »

Yasi
Yasi
4 months ago

It’s called Hijena, with a J. It literally says so in the lyrics, so why does everyone get it wrong? It’s just a typo in the title.

Sim
Sim
4 months ago

Mirud is my favourite. I think Albania should go with Mirud, Ronela Hajati or Alban Ramosaj. These are the only ones that really caught my attention and I think they would have the best chances at Eurovision. They are ready to go already and don’t necessarily need a revamp. Live performances could of course change my pov.

Catriona
Catriona
4 months ago

What a surprise the wiwi jury go for the poor quality bop. Alban is the only option.

Ashton
Ashton
4 months ago
Reply to  Catriona

ugh, you’re here again

Alonso
Alonso
4 months ago
Reply to  Catriona

ALBAN CAN NOT DELIVER LIVE!! HIS VOCAL IS JUST A DISASTER.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
4 months ago
Reply to  Catriona

I mean im usually critical of my bops but I thought sekret is cool. Theje sounds a bit over dramatic to me.

Nancy Paulson
Nancy Paulson
4 months ago
Reply to  Catriona

@Catriona You’re always so hostile. Breathe! It’s possible to have a different opinion without being mean to people (and yes there are people on the other side of the keyboard, Twitter, etc.)

I also love Alban’s song and hope he delivers live. If Ronela has the better performance then so be it. I just hope the juries vote based on the live performance and not pre-contest hype or expectations or reputation or record labels.

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
4 months ago

Alban is bad live and I can’t feel any emotions out of his yelling. He drowns in his own singing. I like his song and I think it is really strong, but I just can’t stand his way of singing it and enforcing those vocals. Considering how much FiK juries are strict about vocals if he wins it will be just because juries were biased towards him and some Albanian wrote on YT in the comments that he is just popular because he is from wealthy family.

Anyway, I’m rooting for Ronela.

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
4 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

Does he actually have bad vocals though? Like, he won Festival i Magjike, which is said to be way harder to win than Festival i Kënges.

Alonso
Alonso
4 months ago
Reply to  GojoSatoru

He really has. His rehearsal is a real tragedy.

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
4 months ago
Reply to  Alonso

Do you mean his FiK rehearsal or a FiM rehearsal?

McRoro
McRoro
4 months ago
Reply to  GojoSatoru

Here’s the link for Alban’s rehearsal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baQe84hOaqM
This user also has other rehearsals for FIK this year if you wanna check it out

Ieva
Ieva
4 months ago

I honestly do not see (or rather, hear) the appeal of Sekret. It is messy and chaotic, and not in a good way whatsoever. Alban is the only choice here. If he is good live, he could bring Albania its best result ever, the song is that powerful.

Roodi
Roodi
4 months ago
Reply to  Ieva

oh look another popgirlie hater

Ieva
Ieva
4 months ago
Reply to  Roodi

Oh wow, you just found out everything about me as a person from my one comment, good for you 🙂

Alex
Alex
4 months ago

Always love Albania especially when they send native language songs. They are absolutely the powerhouse of ballads. Quite impressive considering the country’s population. Alban’s song is the only one that stands out for me if he can pull it off. Ronela’s song is not my cup of tea. It’s a bit of a hot mess. Love the chorus but nothing else. Too many instruments, overproduced and the hip hop part is a no no. There is even an eagle sound effect lol.. Most people like it because of the singer but the song is nothing special. It stands out of… Read more »

Roodi
Roodi
4 months ago
Reply to  Alex

it is not your cup of tea because you are a boomer

Im so fab
Im so fab
4 months ago

The countdown to Eurovision 2022 has begun already.

Colin
Colin
4 months ago

Merry FiK-mas, everyone! 🙂

I might be posting my full top 10, or just random opinions on some songs. There are a lot of songs of a similar quality in this selection. What would you want to real about?

Last edited 4 months ago by Colin
Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Merry FIK-mas Colin and all the nice people out there!

Polegend Godgarina
4 months ago

ever since learning about that one “do you know what? may you burn in hell, because you have no faith” line in alban raminaj’s song (and no it’s not ironic or anything in the context) i like it much less… it’s honestly so dumb lol

Azaad
Azaad
4 months ago

To be fair the song isn’t a religious hymn and that lyrics sounds a bit better in the context of the song.

Ashton
Ashton
4 months ago

I mean, it does have context?? he’s not saying it in a religious way, he’s saying it to the person who broke his heart because they didn’t have faith in their relationship. cliche yes but it has context

Azaad
Azaad
4 months ago
Reply to  Ashton

That’s what I think as well. Isn’t Albania famed for its religious tolerance? I feel like if the lyrics were taken on face value the song wouldn’t even be in the contest. I don’t think this is a “Jo” situation.

Alonso
Alonso
4 months ago

maybe it’s because you are using Google translate. It’s not the real meaning actually.

Polegend Godgarina
4 months ago
Reply to  Alonso

idk i trust the albanian native speaker who translated it on lyricstranslate more than spanish wiwibloggs user alonso

Brko
Brko
4 months ago

FiK is such a great festival of music and I really enjoy the songs every year. Their juries always choose a song which is not a fan favorite but then the fans end up liking the winning song anyways. I honestly think people (and me of course) love Albania for staying true to themselves and their language. I would love to see a new winner of ESC and I would love Albania to take the crown one day. It is unfortunately not happening this year since none of the songs scream ESC winner. But will I be cheering for Sekret,… Read more »

Roro31
4 months ago

Ronela Please… Because Alban in live not good… but for Albania, a change must be made! Go Ronela !!!

Yay
Yay
4 months ago

Hey guys what time in GB time is the final?thank you

Yay
Yay
4 months ago
Reply to  Yay

And also can I watch it outside of Albania?
And where

F@b
4 months ago

Well, I find you very tough ! Refuzoj with no point and Evi Reçi so low. They both appear in my top 5…

Yudhistira Mahasena
4 months ago

Alban or nothing.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
4 months ago

I still think Theje Is going to represent Albania knowing the juries preference rebels, but I’ll be very shocked if sekret actually wins

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
4 months ago

I can’t believe that FIK is going to start in literally just a day From now. The end of the year is coming closer than we think, and then we’re in a whole new year and the national final season goes full steam ahead