You can always count on Albania to put you into a Christmas spirit, cause it just ain’t a real Christmas without FiKmas. Once again, Albania delivered and the 2020 season has finally started for real.

Festivali i Këngës 58

Tonight, the very first national final took place, with the very first winner of a national selection, and with the very first song being picked for Rotterdam. The annual national final of Albania, known as Festivali i Këngës, took place over 3 nights with 2 semi-finals and tonight’s final. A total of 20 songs took part in the contest, but only 12 of them competed in tonight’s final. All 3 shows were hosted by Alketa Vejsiu.

These were the 12 songs of tonight’s final (performing in the following order):

  1. Valon Shehu – “Kutia e Pandorës
  2. Sara Bajraktari – “Ajër
  3. Robert Berisha – “Ajo nuk është unë
  4. Tiri Gjoci – “Me gotën bosh
  5. Bojken Lako – “Malaseen
  6. Arilena Ara – “Shaj
  7. Gena – “Shqiponja e lirë
  8. Kamela Islamaj – “Më ngjyros
  9. Albërie Hadërgjonaj – “Ku ta gjej dikë ta dua
  10. Elvana Gjata – “Me tana
  11. Olta Boka – “Botë për dy
  12. Era Rusi – “Eja merre

Tonight’s big guest performer was none other than the 2018 fire queen, Eleni Foureira. Saying she was on fire would be an understatement, since she performed a medley of songs for the Albanian audience, which even included her performance from Eurovision 2019 of Verka Serduchka’s song “Dancing Lasha Tumbai” before she closed her performace with her 2018 song “Fuego“.

While we awaited the results, Giusy Ferreri also came by to perform for the Albanian audience. She was the runner-up of the first season of X Factor Italy.

Results!

After a very long break, the juries were finally ready to reveal the top 3, which was done by Christer Björkman himself.

3rd place: Sara Bajraktari – “Ajër

2nd place: Elvana Gjata – “Me tana

1st place: Arilena Ara – “Shaj

With that, Arilena Ara has been crowned as the new champion of Festivali i Këngës, and will now represent Albania in Rotterdam with her song “Shaj“.

At this moment, it is still unknown if she will change her song into English or keep it in Albanian.

What do #YOU think of Arilena Ara’s song and do #YOU think this was the right choice for Albania? Share your thoughts with us on our forum HERE or visit our social media sites.

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