Albania’s national final show Festivali i Këngës will take place at the end of December.
Albanian broadcaster RTSH have revealed the dates of Festivali i Këngës 56, the festival that will ultimately choose their next Eurovision entrant. The two semi-finals will take place on 21st and 22nd of December, and the Grand Final will take place on 23rd December.
It has also been revealed that the show will be presented by Adi Krasta. Adi has presented the show five times in the past, in 1997, 1999, 2002, 2003 and 2006.
From the 2nd to the 10th of November, RTSH are accepting entries for Festivali i Këngës 56. Interested artists must submit their songs via a CD, complete with the song lyrics and a photograph of the artist. The song must be in Albanian, and must be no longer than 4 minutes long.
This year marks the 56th edition of Festivali i Këngës, having been running annually since 1962. In their 2003 edition they adapted the format whereby the winner of the competition would go on to represent Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest the following May.
Albania made their debut at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2004, the same year the televised semi final was originally introduced to the competition. Albania succeeded in their first showing with Anjeza Shahini’s “The Image of You”, sailing through the semi final in 4th place and eventually landing in a respectable 7th place at the grand final. Albania have competed in the Eurovision Song Contest every single year since their debut, making 2018 their 15th appearance. Since the success in their original attempt, they have reach the grand final a further six times. They bettered their 2004 score in 2012 with Rona Nishliu’s song “Suus” who finished the contest in fifth place with 146 Points, their first time reaching the top 5 and their best placing to date.
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Albania debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2004, when they were represented by Anjeza Shahini. She performed the song “The Image of You” in Istanbul and finished in 7th place in the final, scoring 106 points. Albania has only finished in the top 10 on one other occasion to date, when Rona Nishliu represented them in 2012 with the song “Suus”. Finishing in 5th place, “Suus” is Albania’s best-scoring entry to date.