Watch Tonight: “Festivali i Këngës 61” – Night 1 (Albania)


Albania will kick-off their national selection for Eurovision 2023.
Tonight we will be able to watch the first night out of 4.


At 21:00 CET



13 artists out of the 26, will perform on the first night of the running order:

  1. Enxhi Nasufi – Burrë (Eng: Man)
  2. Erma Mici – Kozmosi i dashurisë (Eng: Cosmos of love)
  3. Fabian Basha – Një gotë (Eng: A Glass)
  4. Anduel Kovaçi – Malli (Eng: Yearning)
  5. Fifi (Filloreta Raçi) – Stop
  6. Urban Band – Në çdo hap (Eng: At every step)
  7. 2 Farm (Bandë muzikore) – Atomike (Eng: Atomic)
  8. Sara Kapo – Para teje (Eng: Before you)
  9. Rezearta Smaja – N’Eden (Eng: In Eden)
  10. Albina and familja Kelmendi – Duje (Eng: You Want)
  11. Serxhio Hajdini – Vështirë (Eng: Difficult)
  12. Luna Causholli – Jetën ta fal (eng: I Forgive Life)
  13. Rovena Dilo – Motit (Eng: Weather)

The first night of the festival won’t include any eliminations.
We will get to listen to these 13 songs for the first time.

The artistic-creative team behind the festival:

Arbana Osmani (presenter) – 39-year-old Albanian television presenter and radio personality. She is best known for hosting “The Big Brother Albania“.

Bojken Lako – One of the most established musicians and producers in Albania. He is well known for competing in “Festivali i Këngës” several times in the past. This year he will probably be the musical director of the festival. He is the creator of several successful music platforms for young people.

Shpetim Saraçi – A 52-year-old Albanian composer. He is considered a fan of the festival. Over the years, he has composed several soundtracks for movies.

Eraldo Rexho – An Albanian journalist in RTSH

Eduart Grishaj is a 33-year-old Albanian director, producer, and filmmaker. He is well known for being the director of “The Big Brother Albania

Public Vote

For the first time since 2016, the public will be involved in the festival’s results.
However, the public has had little weight on the results in the past.
This year, the Albanian representative for Eurovision will be selected by 100% public vote (via SMS).

Professional Jury

The jury will determine the festival’s results and will grant the main awards:

  • 1st place, 2nd place, and 3rd place
  • 1st prize for the best-established artists
  • 1st prize for the best young artist and alternative bands

Note: The festival winner (awarded by jury) won’t necessarily be the Albanian representative for Eurovision 2023.

Are you excited about the festival?
Have you marked your calendars already?
How do you feel about the decision of not releasing the songs before the festival?

Doron Lahav is 30-year-old, who lives in Israel. Doron has been watching the Eurovision Song Contest since early 2000s. Doron works as a Data Scientist and shows interest in singing and writing.

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