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Albania: Festivali i Kenges 57 Final on December 22

The participants and dates for Festivali i Kenges 57 have been revealed this evening by the Albanian national broadcaster RTSH.

RTSH has revealed that Albania will select their participant for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 on December 22. Festivali i Kenges will be held over three days, with two semi-finals of eleven singers on December 20 and 21. A total of 54 songs were submitted to take part in this years competion. Of the 54 submissions, 22 have been chosen to take part in the live shows. The finalists are;

  • Aurel Thellimi
  • Bojken Lako
  • Bruno Pollogati
  • Dilan Reka
  • Eliza Hoxha
  • Elona Islamaj
  • Elton Deda
  • Eranda Libohova
  • Gjergj Leka
  • Alar Band
  • Jonida Maliqi
  • Kelly
  • Klint Collaku
  • Klodiana Vata
  • Kujtim Prodani
  • Lidia Lufi
  • Lorela Sejdini
  • Marko Strazimiri & Imbro
  • Mirud
  • Orgesa Zaimi
  • Soni Malaj
  • Vikena Kamenica

Among the 22 names revealed this evening are former Festivali i Kenges participants  Dilan Reka, Elton Deda and Orgesa Zaimi. The songs that the singers will be competing with are to be presented at a later date.

Albania qualified for their first Eurovision Song Contest final since 2015, at this years competition in Lisbon, Portugal. Eugent Bushpepa and his song “Mall” made it through to the final and went on to finish 11th with 184 points, they received 12 points in the jury vote from Azerbaijan and 12 points from the televote in Macedonia and Italy.

Source: RTSH

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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