It’s never too early for news about FiK! Just ask Albanian national broadcaster, RTSH, which has opened song submissions for its long-running song contest Festivali i Këngës. The June reveal is early: In previous years, RTSH has opened submissions in early to mid July.
RTSH announced the details of its FiK61 submission process on its web site, and released this trailer on its social media platforms.
In order to take part in FiK61, artists will need…
– The final sung version of the song (no more than 4 minutes long);
– The final version of the instrumental, with and without accompanying voices;
– Full text of the song;
– The names of the authors of the song, the lyricist and the composer;
– Artistic photos, biography of the singer or group, including other activities, awards and special honours.
While Festivali i Këngës predates Albania’s Eurovision Song Contest participation, it is not strictly a stand-alone National Final. In its trailer for FiK61, RTSH has not mentioned Eurovision 2023 as a potential opportunity for participating artists, like it did last year.
In the released trailer, the Albanian national broadcaster has not mentioned when the song submission process will close. It also hasn’t mentioned when the song contest will take place.
But since JESC 2022 will take place on the 11th of December 2022, RTSH will likely stage the show the next weekend after JESC.
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 winning song 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. FiK60 winner Ronela Hajati added English and some Spanish lyrics to her original Albanian-language entry “Sekret”.
Are you excited about Festivali i Këngës 61? Which artists you think will take part in the 61st edition of the show? Let us know in the comment section down below!