The 59th edition of Festivali i Kenges is set to take place next week in Tirana, where 26 acts are going to be competing for representing Albania in the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam. Here is how the show is going to work, and what we can expect every evening.
Festivali i Kenges will take place over three evenings – two shows on Monday and Tuesday where all 26 songs are going to be presented, and the Grand Final on Wednesday, where the winner is going to be decided.
On both first and the second nights, all 26 artists are going to be performing – on the first night on Monday, they will present their song how they would be performing it at the Eurovision Song Contest, whist on the second night on Tuesday, they will present a more acoustic version of their song. Based on these two performances of each of the 26 songs, the FiK jury is going to select the best ones which will then proceed to the Grand Final on Wednesday.
On Wednesday evening, we will see the finalists performing the original versions of their songs once again, and the jury selecting the winner. All performances in all three shows are going to be pre-recorded, whilst the jury votes and the award presentation are going to be live.
Let us know which of the 26 entries are your personal favorites, by voting for them in our poll right here (you can vote for up to five entries):
- Rosela Gjylbegu - Vashëzo 16%, 473 votes473 votes 16%473 votes - 16% of all votes
- Anxhela Peristeri - Karma 14%, 397 votes397 votes 14%397 votes - 14% of all votes
- Inis Neziri - Pendesë 12%, 359 votes359 votes 12%359 votes - 12% of all votes
- Era Rusi - Zjarri im 11%, 315 votes315 votes 11%315 votes - 11% of all votes
- Mirud - Nëse vdes 8%, 232 votes232 votes 8%232 votes - 8% of all votes
- Kastro Zizo - Vallja e jetës 8%, 229 votes229 votes 8%229 votes - 8% of all votes
- Orgesa Zaimi - Valixhja e kujtimeve 6%, 172 votes172 votes 6%172 votes - 6% of all votes
- Gigliola Haveriku - E lirë 5%, 160 votes160 votes 5%160 votes - 5% of all votes
- Xhesika Polo - Më mbron 5%, 138 votes138 votes 5%138 votes - 5% of all votes
- Gjergj Kaçinari - Më jep jetë 5%, 133 votes133 votes 5%133 votes - 5% of all votes
- Kamela Islamaj - Kujtimet s'kanë formë 2%, 69 votes69 votes 2%69 votes - 2% of all votes
- Evi Reçi - Tjerr 2%, 63 votes63 votes 2%63 votes - 2% of all votes
- Viktor Tahiraj - Nënë 2%, 53 votes53 votes 2%53 votes - 2% of all votes
- Wendi Mancaku - Vesi i shpirti tim 2%, 49 votes49 votes 2%49 votes - 2% of all votes
- Florent Abrashi - Vajzë 1%, 36 votes36 votes 1%36 votes - 1% of all votes
- Festina Mejzini - Kush je ti dashuri 1%, 22 votes22 votes 1%22 votes - 1% of all votes
- Sardi Strugaj - Kam me t'ba me kajt 1%, 22 votes22 votes 1%22 votes - 1% of all votes
- Devis Xherahu - Peng 0%, 11 votes11 votes11 votes - 0% of all votes