Albania will become the first country to reveal their song for Eurovision 2021 tonight as the final of the annual Festivali i Këngës selection show takes place from 21:00 CET at the open-air Sheshi Italia, in Tirana, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This change will also see the first year of the competition without the traditional symphony orchestra as a result.
The selection has already seen two high-quality nights of performances with a field of 25 artists reduced to 18 qualifiers, all of which will perform their entries one more time in tonight’s show.
The show will be hosted by Albanian actress Jonida Vokshi and television presenter Blendi Salaj.
Who is taking part?
The final 18 acts taking part in tonight’s show are;
- Anxhela Peristeri – Karma
- Devis Xherahu – Peng
- Era Rusi – Zjarri im
- Evi Reçi – Tjerr
- Festina Mejzini – Kush je ti dashuri
- Florent Abrashi – Vajzë
- Gigliola Haveriku – E lirë
- Gjergj Kaçinari – Më jep jetë
- Inis Neziri – Pendesë
- Kamela Islamaj – Kujtimet s’kanë formë
- Kastro Zizo – Vallja e jetës
- Mirud – Nëse vdes
- Orgesa Zaimi – Valixhja e kujtimeve
- Rosela Gjylbegu – Vashëzo
- Sardi Strugaj – Kam me t’ba me kajt
- Viktor Tahiraj – Nënë
- Wendi Mancaku – Ves i shpirtit im
- Xhesika Polo – Më mbron
The result of tonight’s show will be decided by the assembled jury, with the winner being selected as the Albanian representative at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam next spring.
How can I watch?
#YOU can watch all of the action unfold live from Tirana on the RTSH live stream HERE. Further streams are also likely to be available closer to the show, which can often be found on our forum.
If #YOU want to be involved in the conversation during the show, why not join in the reaction with other Eurovision fans on our Albanian forum thread HERE, or make sure that you are following our live coverage of the final over on Twitter by following us HERE.
Who do #YOU want to represent Albania in Eurovision 2021? Share your thoughts with us on our forum, below in the comments or on social media!