Yes, we’ve reached that time of year once again! It’s a very merry FiKmas from Albania, hoping to bring some Eurovision light to the end of a dark year with Festivali i Këngës 59. In Tirana, the show must go on!

Tonight will see the first semi-final show of this year’s selection show with the 25 participants performing their entries for the first time. Unfortunately, Manjola Nallbani and her entry “Ora e jetës” has had to withdraw from this year’s competition having contracted COVID-19.

The remaining participants in this year’s Festivali i Këngës, shown in tonight’s draw order, are;

  1. Devis Xherahu – Peng
  2. Orgesa Zaimi – Valixhja e kujtimeve
  3. Festina Mejzini – Kush je ti dashuri
  4. Franc Koruni – E morën botën
  5. Inis Neziri – Pendesë
  6. Sardi Strugaj – Kam me t’ba me kajt
  7. Gjergj Kaçinari – Më jep jetë
  8. Mirud – Nëse vdes
  9. Evi Reçi – Tjerr
  10. Rosela Gjylbegu – Vashëzo
  11. Kastro Zizo – Vallja e jetës
  12. Klint Çollaku – Do t’ja dal
  13. Anxhela Peristeri – Karma
  14. Wendi Mancaku – Si ajo
  15. Fatos Shabani – Ty
  16. Florent Abrashi – Vajzë
  17. Enxhi Nasufi – Njësoj
  18. Kamela Islamaj – Kujtimet s’kanë formë
  19. Era Rusi – Zjarri im
  20. Erik Lloshi – Jo
  21. Xhesika Polo – Më mbron
  22. Giliola Haveriku – E lirë
  23. Viktor Tahiraj – Nënë
  24. Agim Poshka – Vendi im
  25. Stefan Marena – Meteor

The second semi-final show tomorrow evening will see all participants perform acoustic versions of their entries. Both of the shows’ performances have been pre-recorded due to the ongoing pandemic. Actress Jonida Vokshi and TV presenter Blendi Salaj will host all of this year’s shows of Festivali i Këngës.

Tonight’s show begins at 20:30 CET, and #YOU can follow all of the action LIVE from this time on RTSH’s live stream HERE.

Ahead of tonight’s show, see what our team thought of the songs in our reviews HERE and HERE. #YOU can also check out our editor-in-chief Matt’s opinions of the entries in the below video;

Who are #YOU most excited for in this year’s FiK? Who should represent Albania in Eurovision 2021? Share your thoughts with us and join the conversation with other fans on our forum HERE, or below in the comments and on social media!

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