Mirëmbrëma, Evropë and hello Europe! Tonight 17 acts will sing in the final of Festivali i Këngës 60 in Albania. But only one will survive the night to slay another day at the Eurovision Song Contest in Turin.

Tonight four of our bloggers are backstage inside the Pallati i Kongreseve in Tirana. Diego from Colombia, Erdi from Kosovo, William from the United Kingdom and You from China will be commenting all evening and will bring artists to our room after their performances to get the tea.

There are some big surprises tonight — and we know that a few artists will be singing versions of their song with English lyrics. Will that impact the feeling and the results? We’re going to find out together. 

Also: Get ready for the hosts to sing their favourite FiK songs of all time a little later in the show. And expect to see a few former FiK winners singing past Eurovision winners!

Festivali i Këngës 60 Livestream 

 

FiK 60: Final Running Order

1. Olimpia Smajlaj

2. Denis Skura

3. Kelly

4. Sajmir Çili

5. Ester Zahiri

6. Kastro Zizo

7. Urban Band

8. Gjergj Kaçinari

9. Evi Reçi

10. Mirud

11. Endri and Stefi

12. Ronela Hajati

13. Shega

14. Janex

15. Alban Ramosaj

16. Eldis Arrnjeti

17. Rezarta Smaja

FiK 60: Who should win in Albania?

New show, new poll. We will open the voting lines as soon as the first performance starts. 

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Chuck
Chuck
4 months ago

Ronela doesn’t make even the Finals in Turin

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago

Congrats to Ronela! I’m so happy she won! I can’t wait for her ESC performances! However, they should look into the English chorus because the stress on “secret” is different to the Albanian “sekret”. In English it’s on the first syllable and in Albanian it’s on the second syllable.  To me, it didn’t work too well last night. They can always keep the chorus in Albanian, since it was written in Albanian. Anyway, I’m looking forward to the ESC version, I can’t wait!

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
4 months ago

It was a great top four! First year that the jurors didn’t put something random in the podium positions. Maybe they’re taking it a bit more seriously? :3

Jamie
Jamie
4 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

That’s what happens when they finally allow younger jury to be the majority, and not some old wrinkly men.

esc_fl
esc_fl
4 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

Was kind of worried they were going to sneak in Kastro lol jk

Nicolas
Nicolas
4 months ago

I hate how they now announce the winner since 2017 without any scoreboard and juries votes. Killing any suspens and eventually drama during points awarded.

Angjelo
Angjelo
4 months ago

YESSSS RONELAAAAAAA

Una
Una
4 months ago

Thank you RTSH for a great show.

Jamie
Jamie
4 months ago
Reply to  Una

*Thank you artists that hold this mess together. RTSH is such a terrible broadcaster, literally ages behind. You could hear Jonida’s mic popping during the WHOLE show and no one even bothered to come and fix it for her. RTSH is cringe, I rest my case.

Jamie
Jamie
4 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

Getting downvoted for pointing out a technically terrible show lmao
I don’t blame the artists. They were great.

Biscotto7
Biscotto7
4 months ago

It’s Ronela!

Sabrina
Sabrina
4 months ago

Apparently, Eldis and Rezarta tied on third place and it’s Alban x Ronela bow.

Sabrina
Sabrina
4 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

And Ronela won!

Colin
Colin
4 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Wow, a bop won in Albania… Now let’s see how they fare. It will be a nice experiment.

To be fair, all top 4 had good songs, and were deserving of the trophy.

I hope that Ester and Mirud had a decent finish.

Sabrina
Sabrina
4 months ago
Reply to  Colin

It has potential. Let’s hope their delegation make the right moves with the cards they had in hands. This year, for example, they did the best that was possible for “Karma”.

Anita
Anita
4 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Yeah, last year it was the same 😀

Anita
Anita
4 months ago
Reply to  Anita

What disappoints me, that with Eurovision everything gets more and more predictable. I always hope that somthing surprising can happen, but it doesn’t really 🙁

Colin
Colin
4 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

My first place finished 3rd (Eldis), but all top 4 are among top 7 of songs I found deserving of winning.

Colin
Colin
4 months ago
Reply to  Colin

I understand that. 🙂 Overall, I am still glad that they recognized the most striking packages of the group. These songs actually grew on me a bit in the last couple of days, especially Eldis’.

As for Sekret, it’s a pretty solid ethno-bop with a charismatic performer, so nobody can say that Albania only sends ballads now. It will be a change of pace.

Sabrina
Sabrina
4 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Like Colin commented before, I think we had a bunch of entries with different qualities. Nobody got even close to check all the boxes to me, so I’m fine with the result. But to echo a common cliché surrounding Albanian entries, this time they REALLY need a revamp, this song is messy the way it is right now.

Colin
Colin
4 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

I agree. Theje, Hijena, and Me jemja nuse wouldn’t need a revamp. Refuzoj would only need shorter verses to fit the time, but chorus could have stayed intact. However, Sekret needs a revamp to polish the breaks, to tie it all together. That said, the ceiling of this entry is pretty high (Mata Hari / maybe even Fuego), and Eurofans LOVE this kind of music. I *like* it myself, but I can see that Albania has (for once) catered the fandom, and I’m not against it. 🙂

Sabrina
Sabrina
4 months ago
Reply to  Colin

I just hope this doesn’t become one of the bops the fandom abandons down the road when they find something shinier. But let’s see how the revamp will play out.

Colin
Colin
4 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

The issue with Albania is that while they are usually the first ones to pick (or third in this case, which is still pretty early), they wait *a long time* to actually release a revamp, so during the majority of time in which fans have ”my top lists”, they don’t completely know how Albanian entry would sound like. I mean, some revamps are minuscule, like Khteju tokes, but the others can be drastic. I have no idea what to expect of Sekret once it reaches its final form. It’s a – sekret for now, I guess. 🙂

Sabrina
Sabrina
4 months ago
Reply to  Colin

That’s true. With “Shaj” for example, we knew right away the song would substantially change, so I even stopped ranking it during polls here. For example: right now, I prefer “Lights Off”. But I have no idea if this will change when Albania releases their revamp.

Sabrina
Sabrina
4 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

I miss some balance. At times, it feels like she’s talking more than she should. At other times, it feels like we have too much of the ethnic beat (those you love :P) going on. Better transitions would help a lot already.

Colin
Colin
4 months ago

Top 4 are Alban, Ronela, Eldis, Rezarta

Last edited 4 months ago by Colin
Klaidi Bardho
Klaidi Bardho
4 months ago

All the songs unfortunately seem to have the Eurovision objective and have lost the soul and spirit of the Festival and of its tradition. Very dissapointed after long time that I have not followed , hoped as it was the 60th edition would be a bit better.

Anita
Anita
4 months ago

William is just announcing the results of our votes here.

Last edited 4 months ago by Anita
Una
Una
4 months ago

“Deluzional” sounds really good in English. Well done!!

Colin
Colin
4 months ago

I am seriously more and more impressed by her! I’m even becoming a fan of E jemja nuse! 🙂

Colin
Colin
4 months ago
Reply to  Colin

She shouldn’t, if we are being totally objective.

esc_fl
esc_fl
4 months ago
Reply to  Colin

And she placed third!

Colin
Colin
4 months ago

Objectively, this should be very open. Eldis, Ronela, Ester, Alban, Mirud, Rezarta, and Gjergj all have good reasons to win this, depending on which element one values the most. I’ll even throw Kastro’s name in, even if I’m not crazy about the song itself. If only Albanian judges didn’t include “seniority / popularity” as a factor.

Anita
Anita
4 months ago
Reply to  Colin

I have voted for Kastro and Rezarta. I could also have voted for 3 other songs, but you need to make up your mind.

Sabrina
Sabrina
4 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Ester has my favorite song, Eldis my favorite vocals, Rezarta my favorite performance and Ronela my favorite package for Eurovision. I won’t riot if Alban wins, because his song is better on the studio version, but he would need to be more convincing in Turin, because he would depend on some jury appreciation to qualify.

Anita
Anita
4 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

In the interview with William Evi said after she was asked that she likes Ester’s song the most, she also knows the composer well.

Last edited 4 months ago by Anita
Sabrina
Sabrina
4 months ago
Reply to  Anita

Hopefully the composer has more in their bag for both of them.

Colin
Colin
4 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

I think that Eldis and Ester are my personal winners after all. However, among two big favorites, both are good, but I’d give a slight advantage to Ronela now. However, Theje is also a good song, so I’d be glad for either.

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

Agreed re which element one values the most (or elements)> I don’t think there is any one performer with the “whole package”.

Anita
Anita
4 months ago

Vote for Rezarta now ;D

Anita
Anita
4 months ago

Rezarta rocks! Great stage presence and voice.

Aldi.
4 months ago

Kastro zizo is a very god singer and it looks crazy how the people doesn’t vote him. I hope is not only the friends vote that is in this blog. Shpresoj që shqiptarët të mos votojnë shokët e tyre por me te mirin. Drejtësia fitofte. Un provova të votojë disa her per te par se si funksiononte sistemi dhe pash qe numrat rriten shpresoj të mos votojnë 1 person me 100 her.

Anita
Anita
4 months ago

Eldis is better than Alban, for sure he sings better.

Sabrina
Sabrina
4 months ago
Reply to  Anita

Eldis is another newcomer that I want to see many more times in FiK. And Rezarta closed the night with a bang, great performance.

Colin
Colin
4 months ago

An 18-year-old probably gave the best vocal performance thus far. But now – Rezarta!

… and she delivers an 11/10 vocals!!!

Last edited 4 months ago by Colin
Una
Una
4 months ago

William explained that the assessment is cumulative over the three nights. How does the language factor work into it?

Angjelo
Angjelo
4 months ago

Its now between Robela and Alban. Alban improved his vocals and Robela changed some lyrics to English that were a little strange to me but im so excited to see the results, its so tight and the winner can be anyone at this point

Nikoleta
Nikoleta
4 months ago

Well, correct me if I’m wrong, however I feel like Ronela still got the biggest applause. And with that said, Ronela is gonna probably snatch the crown

Kidoftheworld
Kidoftheworld
4 months ago

Why the hell is Alban’s music louder than his voice?! Hm what are they covering ?

Colin
Colin
4 months ago

Alban’s delivery was around what it was two days ago – very good, but a bit overdone. If he wins, the factors of song and staging are probably also as important.

Sabrina
Sabrina
4 months ago
Reply to  Colin

It was better than his Monday performance, but I agree that he’s overdoing it.

Balint
Balint
4 months ago

Alban’s vocals are not perfect, but the improvement is undeniable. I think he still has the chance of winning.

Andrew
Andrew
4 months ago

Alban deserves to win absolutely best vocal performance

Ana
Ana
4 months ago

Ronela winner

Metkinjooo
Metkinjooo
4 months ago

Alban deserves it….

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
4 months ago

Well, that was some crowd reaction!
No doubt about it now. If Alban wants to win this, he *needs* to sing better than he has been.

Colin
Colin
4 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

Ester did, so Alban might also. It’s gonna be tighter between him and Ronela than I previously though.

On the other hand, Shega’s back vocals are seriously offkey now. 🙁

Sabrina
Sabrina
4 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

Her song doesn’t demand much from her vocals though.

Ronelator Hoxha
Ronelator Hoxha
4 months ago

Ronela has a doublechin <3

Colin
Colin
4 months ago

I like the bilingual version of Sekret. So do the audiences. Do we have a winner?

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

I hope so!

Balint
Balint
4 months ago

Ronela slayed so hard. The English lyrics sound a bit strange to me after getting used to the Albanian chorus, but that was a winning performance in my opinion

Sabrina
Sabrina
4 months ago
Reply to  Balint

Well, she did what she had to do. Perfect delivery, the venue is clearly on her corner. Tons of pressure on Alban and the jurors now.

Sabrina
Sabrina
4 months ago

The problem with FiK jurors being so conservative is that from time to time somebody tries something different, doesn’t get a result and then returns with a conventional entry that wastes their talents. It happened to Orgesa last year, this time was Evi. Both on my wishlist for the future.

Anita
Anita
4 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Both on my list as well!

Sabrina
Sabrina
4 months ago
Reply to  Anita

I still listen to “Ngrije Zërin” from time to time.

Siyuviyu
Siyuviyu
4 months ago

Gjergj is my winner since the first night, and English version was on fire! I would have loved even more a English/Albanian version, but he was perfect. Hope either he or Rezarta win. Man i love FiK.

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago

I loved Gjergj Kaçinari’s English version of his song! I’m hoping for more English, maybe Janex’. Fingers crossed.

Dea Boshnjaku
Dea Boshnjaku
4 months ago

Scared asf from the last song

Sabrina
Sabrina
4 months ago

Ester already looked much more confident tonight. Hope to see her more times in FiK.

Colin
Colin
4 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Yeah, she did very well today. 🙂

I believe that Gjergj Kaçinari just made history by being the first peron to sing in English at FiK!

Who will follow? Rumors say Ronela and Janex. Who else?

esc_fl
esc_fl
4 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Would Ronela sing the whole song in English or just some parts like she mentioned in her Wiwi interview?

Colin
Colin
4 months ago
Reply to  esc_fl

No idea yet… I’m hoping for a multilingual version.

Sabrina
Sabrina
4 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Well, Ronela said she would add English for Eurovision and I remember reading Janex lives in the US. So both are good bets.

Nicolas
Nicolas
4 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Whoever allowed english in FIK this year should be fired ASAP.

Colin
Colin
4 months ago
Reply to  Nicolas

I understand the criticism, but would you rather have additional translations? At least now you know which song you’re actually getting…

Dea Boshnjaku
Dea Boshnjaku
4 months ago

Who wantsss to see opera in Eurosong this yearrr

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
4 months ago

Can I just say how great the stage looks this year!

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

No you can’t! I want to go first!

Una
Una
4 months ago

William Lee Adams, I watched some videos on the Dodo channel today. Great recommendation 🙂

Una
Una
4 months ago

Yay!

Last edited 4 months ago by Una
Sucof
Sucof
4 months ago

Ot: I wanted to ask the wiwibloggs staff if they will be in Sanremo in person this year, given that this year Eurovision will be in Italy. thx

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago

LET’S DO THIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIS!