The running order for tonight’s Festivali i Këngës 56 final has been revealed.
The Grand Final will begin at 8.40pm (local time) and is scheduled to run for three hours and twenty minutes. The winner, who will represent Albania in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, will be determined by the jury alone. The finalists will perform in the following order:
- Redon Makashi – “Ekzistoj” (I exist)
- NA & Festina Mezini – “Tjetër jetë” (Another life)
- Voltan Prodani – “Pse të desha” (Why would I love you?)
- Denisa Gjezo – “Zemër ku je” (Dear heart, where you are)
- Tiri – “Orë e ndaluar” (Stopped clock)
- Orgesa Zaimi – “Ngrije zërin” (Speak up)
- Rezarta Samja & Luis Ejlli – “Ra një yll” (A star fell)
- Artemisa Mithi – “E dua botën” (I love the world)
- Manjola Nallbani – “I njejti qiell” (The same sky)
- Inis Neziri – “Piedestal” – (Pedestal)
- Bojken Lako – “Sytë e shpirtit” (The eyes of the soul)
- Mariza Ikonomi – “Unë” (Me)
- Eugent Bushpepa “Mall” (Yearning)
- Elton Deda – “Fjalët” – (Words)
The winner of Festivali i Këngës 56 will follow in the footsteps of Lindita with her song Botë which won the festival last year. Lindita represented Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with the English version of her song (World) and came in 14th place in the first semi-final, thus failing to qualify for the final.
You can follow the final of Festivali i Këngës 56 live on RTSH-1.
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.