The 56th annual Festivali i Këngës continues tonight in Albania with its second semi-final, live from 20:30 CET on RTSH1.
Eleven more contestants will perform at the Palace of Congresses in Tirana to vie for places at the Festivali i Këngës grand final on Saturday. The qualifiers from both semifinals are also expected to be announced at the end of the show.
Performing tonight are:
- 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
As with the first semi-final, he show will be presented by TV personality Adi Krasta and directed by Pali Kuke.
The winner of Festivali i Këngës 56 is expected to represent Albania at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon this May.
The running order of this year’s contestants was revealed on Tuesday. The semi-finalists were chosen by a 5-member panel composed of Markelian Kapidani, Luan Zhegu, Ben Andoni, Sokol Marsi, Edmond Rapi.
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.