RTSH, the Albanian national broadcaster, has revealed the dates for Festivali i Këngës 60.
The dates for Festivali i Këngës 60 are as follows:
- Night 1 – December 27
- Night 2 – December 28
- Grand Final – December 29
The format for Festivali i Këngës 60 has yet to be announced. Last year’s contest was held over three nights. After performing the studio and acoustic versions of their entries, a jury chose 18 of the 24 competing artists to advance to the final. In the final, a jury choose the winner. Last year’s contest was also the first to be held outdoors, the first year not to feature an orchestra and the first year since 1989 that the contest was not held in the Palace of Congresses in Tirana.
Festivali i Këngës has been used since Albania made its debut in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2004 to select the nation’s entry. The competition is traditionally held in December and features Semi-Finals and a Grand Final.
In 2021, Albania was represented by Anxhela Peristeri with “Karma”, she finished 21st in the Grand Final with a total of 57 points. Anxhela finished 16th in the televote with 35 points and 20th with the juries scoring 22 points.
Image Source: EBU / Thomas Hanses | Source: EurovisionAlbania
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 has 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 reached 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.