The 14 finalists for Festivali i Këngës 56 have been revealed.
After having competed in the two semi-finals this week, the 14 artists who are through to the FiK Grand Final on Saturday night were announced at the Festivali post-show just past 1 a.m. in Tirana.
Tomorrow’s performers will be:
- Artemisa Mithi – E dua botën
- Bojken Lako – Sytë e shpirtit
- Denisa Gjezo – Zemër ku je
- Elton Deda – Fjalët
- Eugent Bushpepa – Mall
- Inis Neziri – Piedestal
- Mariza Ikonomi – Unë
- Manjola Nallbani – I njëjti qiell
- NA and Festina Mezini – Tjetër jetë
- Orgesa Zaimi – Ngrije zërin
- Redon Makashi – Egziston
- Rezarta Smaja and Luis Ejlli – Ra një yll
- Tiri Gjoci – Orë e ndalur
- Voltan Prodani – E pamundur
The finalists were announced in alphabetical order. Tomorrow’s running order has yet to be revealed.
The winner of Festivali i Këngës 56 is expected to represent Albania at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon this May.
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.