RTSH is aiming to revitalise Festivali i Kenges, after recognising a public disconnect with the competition in recent years.
The Artistic Director of Festivali i Kenges 57, Inva Mula, is aiming to bring the public back to Festivali i Kenges. RTSH who today held a press conference about this years contest, is aiming for a more youthful and relevant competition this December. Inva Mula explained;
My goal in my opinion is to restore the freshness, enthusiasm of the Song Festival on Radio Television to a public who, perhaps for many reasons, is disconnected, we want him to look back and have the desire to follow the Festival and perhaps to murmur his most beautiful songs. For this reason, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education will be established a group with the best students of the 15 high schools of Tirana, who will follow closely and that will evaluate the best song.
The key team for Festivali i Kenges 57 were presented at the Press Conference;
- Director of the Festival – Martin Leka
- Artistic Director – Inva Mula
- Musical Producer – Sokol Marsi
- Screenwriter – Pandi Laço
- Director – Bledar Laço
Mr Leka praised Inva Mula for their involvement in this years competition, adding;
The presence of Inva Mula as the director of this Festival, which will bring a different and innovative experience in this edition, while the Laço party reconfirms the successful collaborations we have had so far
A number of additional changes are being made to the format of this years contest. The first night of the show will see all 22 songs performed alongside the RTSH Symphonic Orchestra. While night two will see the songs performed with their backing track and staging similar to that they’d want at Eurovision. Night three on December 22 will then see the Albanian entry for Eurovision 2019 selected by a professional jury.
The songs competing in this years Festivali i Kenges will not be fully revealed until they take to the stage. Snippets of each of the songs will however be revealed online during the course of December in the build up to the 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.