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Edona Vatoci has withdrawn from Festivali i Kenges 55 following a breach of the competitions rules regarding the release date of competing songs.

RTSH has announced today that Edona Vatoci has been withdrawn from Festivali i Kenges 55. It was announced that Edona has in co-operation with the organisers of the competition withdrawn from the contest due the song she was due to be performing, having been performed before September 1st, 2016. The decision was taken with agreement from both Edona and the organisers of Festivali i Kenges.

Edona has now been replaced by Xhenji Lito and the song “Pritja” (The Wait). The decision to give the new place in Festivali i Kenges to Xhenji was taken by a unanimous decision of the contests organisers.

Albania will be selecting their participant for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 on December 23, with two semi finals scheduled for December 21 and December 22. The country has already announced major changes to the selection process, with the public for a first time having a say in who will represent Albania at Eurovision 2017

The singers and songs taking part in FiK 55 are:

  1. Albulena Jashari – Fjalet ia le Zemres/Words Left for Heart
  2. Classic Boys – Dashuria per jeten/Love for the Life
  3. Dilan Reka – Mos Harro/Dont Forget
  4. Edea Demaliaj – Besoj ne Enderra/Belive in Dreams
  5. Elson Braha – Edhe nje here/ One More Time
  6. Erlind Zeraliu – Dhimbja e Gezimit/The Pain of Happines
  7. Fabiola Agalliu & Agnesa Çavolli – Shkon e Vjen/Comes and Goes
  8. Festina Mejzini – Atje Lart/Up There
  9. Flaka Krelani – Sdu Te Flas/I Dont Wanna Speak
  10. Franc Koruni – Macka/Kitty
  11. Genc Salihu -Ketu/Here
  12. Linda Halimi – Bote/World
  13. Linda Rukaj – Vija e Lumit/The River Line
  14. Lorela – Me Ty/With You
  15. LYNX – Sot/Today
  16. Luka & Serxhio Hajdini – Koha Plaket/Time Gets Old
  17. Neki Emra – Dashuri dhe Urrejtje/Love and Hate
  18. Orges Toçe – Shi Diamantesh/Diamond Rain
  19. Rezarta Smaja – Pse Prite Gjate/Why did you wait so long
  20. Tiri – Me zgjo/Wake Me Up
  21. Yll Limani – Shiu/The Rain
  22. XUXI – Metropol/Metropol
  23. Xhenji Lito – Pritja
  24. Xhesika Polo – Eva Jam Une/I am Eva

Source: RTSH

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