Anxhela Peristeri has won the 59th edition of Festivali i Këngës and will represent Albania at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 with the song “Karma”.
Tonight the final of Festivali i Këngës took place in Tirana, Albania, hosted by Blendi Salaj and Jonida Vokshi. Eighteen artists took part, with the winner being decided by 100% jury voting.
The results were as follows:
- Sardi Struga – Kam me t’ba me kajt – 2nd
- Xhesika Polo – Më mbron
- Orgesa Zaimi – Valixhja e kujtimeve
- Wendi Mancaku -Vesi i shpirti tim
- Era Rusi – Zjarri im
- Gjergj Kaçinari – Më jep jetë
- Rosela Gjylbegu- Vashëzo
- Devis Xherahu – Peng
- Mirud – Nëse vdes
- Gigliola Haveriku – E lirë
- Viktor Tahiraj – Nënë
- Kamela Islamaj – Kujtimet s’kanë formë
- Florent Abrashi – Vajzë
- Inis Neziri – Pendesë
- Evi Reçi – Tjerr – Special Prize from the Mayor of Tirana
- Anxhela Peristeri – Karma – Winner
- Festina Mejzini – Kush je ti dashuri – 3rd
- Kastro Ziso – Vallja e jetës
Following two nights of performances, a jury selected eighteen out of the twenty-five singers to progress through to this evening’s final. That same jury then selected the winner.
Anxhela Peristeri will perform in the second half of the second semi-final on May 20.
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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. 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.