The press conference of RTSH, the Albanian National Broadcaster, for Festivali i Këngës 62 started with the drama. It has been announced that two fan favourites with massive reputations — Kejsi Tola and Samanta Karavella — have withdrawn from Festivali i Këngës 62.

In October, RTSH announced that these two names were among the 31 participants of the 62nd edition of Festivali i Këngës. But things have  clearly been moving behind the scenes.

The singers will be replaced by Peter Pan Quartet and Irma Lepuri, both of whom are newcomers at Festivali i Këngës. They were, respectively, the 32nd and 33rd songs in the selection process.

Kejsi Tola and Samanta Karavella have not made a public statement yet to explain why they have decided to pull out.

Kejsi Tola represented Albania at the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 in Moscow with “Carry me in your dreams” and was one of the fan favourites to make a comeback at the festival. Meanwhile Samanta Karavella is a big hitmaker who Albanian Eurovision fans have been dreaming of at Eurovision for a while. 

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Bart
Bart
3 months ago

The news out so far is not so pleasing

UNA SPARKLE
UNA SPARKLE
3 months ago

With “discussions” between Australia and ebu and now the withdrawal of two names from the FiK lineup it’d be sooo funnny to know what’s been actually going on, lol!!

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
3 months ago
Reply to  UNA SPARKLE

I guess one thing we could say is that this is not predictable

Roro31
Roro31
3 months ago

And the system of vote it’s same than last year. Winner of FIK by juries & winner of televote for Eurovision 2024 !

UNA SPARKLE
UNA SPARKLE
3 months ago
Reply to  Roro31

How’s this system better than what they’ve done before?

Roro31
Roro31
3 months ago
Reply to  UNA SPARKLE

I don’t know but it’s their choice.

Zander25
Zander25
3 months ago

Kejsi been a fan favorite even me so excited for her comeback but I guess she knows too well not to stain her 2009 entry, it was epic and better be remembered and not be compared.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
3 months ago

Weird how the two biggest names suddenly withdraw

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
3 months ago

Give the trophy to Elsa already then

Kejsi and Samanta just knew they had no chance against the no.1 royalty of albania

Ardian
Ardian
3 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Elsa Lila won’t go to Eurovision. Everyone forgets that Besa Kokedhima participates. Besa Kokedhima tops all Singers together in Festivali i Kenges this year. No doubt that she will win 100%. And even if Kejsi and Samanta would still participate they wouldnt really have a big chance winning.

esc-Serbia
esc-Serbia
3 months ago

unfortunately, samanta who is a big star in the balkans with major hits has withdrawn. she would have been such a great choice for albania but however, im looking forward for Besa (besa kokedhima)!

Ardian
Ardian
3 months ago
Reply to  esc-Serbia

Same for me, Besa Kokedhima is also my winner. Besa tops everyone in FIK this year!

Dominic
Dominic
3 months ago

Too bad, as I was looking forward Kejsi’s comeback! I just hope that both of them are safe and healthy. If it’s a scheduling conflict or a creative disagreement, it’s alright. It can happen at another time. Meanwhile, I wish a welcome to two newcomers! I hope they cease this opportunity and bring sometning good.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
3 months ago
Reply to  Dominic

Same, my 2009 crush, i hope she will still release her intended entry anyway