While many may be taking a well deserved rest in the last week of December, it’s been all go in Albania with Festivali i Këngës 60 taking place over the past three days. And following the final night of the contest, the jury ultimately declared Ronela Hajati as the winner. She will sing “Sekret” at Eurovision 2022.
Ronela Hajati wins Festivali i Këngës 60 with “Sekret”
Following the first two nights of FiK 60, 17 acts remained in the competition. They all performed their songs again for the third and final evening. Since this was denoted as the ‘Eurovision night’, contestants were permitted to add lyrics in English, or any language, should they intend to do so if they were selected for Eurovision 2022.
After all 17 performers had sung, it was up to the jury to decide on the winner. In the meantime, viewers were treated to an interval act that included a medley of Eurovision winning songs, sung by past Albanian Eurovision representatives Eneda Tarifa, Juliana Pasha and Jonida Maliqi.
Eventually, the jury made their decision and announced the top results as follows:
- Ronela Hajati
- Alban Ramosaj
- Eldis Arrnjeti and Rezarta Smaja (joint third)
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.
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”.
What do you make of the results of Festivali i Këngës 60? How do you think Ronela Hajati will fair at Eurovision 2022? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments below!