The Semi-Final running order draw for Festivali i Kenges 56 has been complete with just two days to go until Semi-Final One.
The running order draw to determine when each of the twenty two competing artists in Festivali i Kenges will perform has taken place. The draw took place earlier today in Tirana and determined the semi-final in which each artist will perform and the order of performance in each semi-final.
Semi Final 1
- Elton Deda – Fjalët
2. Mariza Ikonomi – Unë
- Endri & Stefi Prifti – Mesazh
- Evans Rama – Gjurmët
- David & Genc Tukici – Të pandarë
- Voltan Prodani – E pamundur
- Eugent Bushpepa – Mall
- Rezarta Smaja and Luis Ejlli – Ra një yll
- Bojken Lako – Sytë e shpirtit
- Manjola Nallbani – I njëjti qiell
- Redon Makashi – Egziston
Semi Final 2
- Orgesa Zaimi – Ngrije zërin
- Denisa Gjezo – Zemër ku je
- NA and Festina Mezini – Tjetër jetë
- Lorela Sejdini – Pritëm edhe pak
- Artemisa Mithi – E dua botën
- Ergi Bregu – Bum bum
- Akullthyesit – Divorc
- Xhesika Polo – Përjetë
- Inis Neziri – Piedestal
- Tiri Gjoci – Orë e ndalur
- Lynx – Vonë
The twenty-two finalists were selected by a five-person jury formed of; Markelian Kapidani, Luan Zhegu, Ben Andoni, Sokol Marsi and Edmond Rapi. This year’s Festivali i Kenges will be of a high quality according to the five jury members, with some of the more well-known singers bringing “elaborate” songs to the competition.
The two semi-finals of Festivali i Këngës 56 will take place on 21st and 22nd of December and the Grand Final will take place on 23rd December.
Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.