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Albania: Vikena Kamenica Withdraws From Festivali i Këngës 57

Vikena Kamenica has withdrawn from Festivali i Këngës 57. She was due to perform the song “Natën i mirë” (Good night).

Vikena has withdrawn from the contest citing unexpected professional commitments, which have prevented her from fulfilling the Festival’s regulations. She will be replaced by Artemisa Mithi and Febi Shkurti, who will perform “Dua ta besoj” (I want to trust).

The 22 artists that will compete in

  • Alar Band – “Dashuria nuk mjafton” (Love is not enough)
  • Aurel Thellimi – “Të dua ty” (I love you)
  • Bojken Lako – “Jeto jetën” (Live life)
  • Bruno Pollogati – “Nuk ka stop” (There is no stop)
  • Dilan Reka – “Karma”
  • Eliza Hoxha – “Pengu” (The regret)
  • Elona Islamaj – “Në këtë botë kalimtare” (In this transitional world)
  • Elton Deda – “Qetësisht” (Calmly)
  • Eranda Libohova – “100 pyetje” (100 questions)
  • Gjergj Leka – “Besoj” (I believe)
  • Jonida Maliqi – “Ktheju tokës” (Return to the land)
  • Kelly – “A më ndjen” (Do you feel me?)
  • Klint Çollaku – “Me jetë” (With life)
  • Klodiana Vata – “Mbrëmje e pafund” (Endless evening)
  • Kujtim Prodani – “Babela”
  • Lidia Lufi – “Rrëfehem” (I confess)
  • Lorela Sejdini – “Vetmi” (Lonliness)
  • Marko Strazimiri & Imbro – “Leyla”
  • Mirud – “Nënë” (Mother)
  • Orgesa Zaimi – “Hije” (Shadow)
  • Soni Malaj – “Do vij” (I will come)
  • Artemisa Mithi & Febi Shkurti – “Dua ta besoj” (I want to trust)

A number of additional changes are being made to the format of this year’s 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 would 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 Këngës 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 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 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.

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