After the first 2 night of “Festivali i Këngës 61”, all 26 artists performed their songs.
In the list of the 26 artists, RTSH defined 2 subgroups:
- 16 established artists– artists who have already based their career in Albania
- 10 newcomers (young artists and alternative bands)
21 artists qualified for the final.
The professional jury picked 5 out of the 10 newcomers to qualify for the final, alongside all the established artists who have guaranteed their spot in the final.
You can watch each performance by clicking of the song title:
Established Artists (Qualified For The Final)
- Alban Kondi & Lorela Karoshi – Melodi (Eng: Melody)
- Albina and familja Kelmendi – Duje (Eng: You Want)
- 2 Farm (Bandë muzikore) – Atomike (Eng: Atomic)
- Elsa Lila – Evita
- Enxhi Nasufi – Burrë (Eng: Man)
- Evi Reçi – Ma kthe (Eng: Give me back)
- Fabian Basha – Një gotë (Eng: A Glass)
- Fifi (Filloreta Raçi) – Stop
- Franc Koruni – Në pritje (Eng: Waiting)
- Gjergj Kaçinari – Dje (Eng: Yesterday)
- LYNX – Nëse ke besim (Eng: If you believe)
- Manjola Nallbani – Dua (Eng: I Want)
- Petrit Çarkaxhiu – Emri yt mirësi (Eng: Your name is kindness)
- Rezearta Smaja – N’Eden (Eng: In Eden)
- Rovena Dilo – Motit (Eng: Weather)
- Serxhio Hajdini – Vështirë (Eng: Difficult)
Newcomers (Qualified For The Final)
- Melodajna Mancaku – Gjysma e zemrës sime (Eng: Half of my heart)
- Erma Mici – Kozmosi i dashurisë (Eng: Cosmos of love)
- Urban Band – Në çdo hap (Eng: At every step)
- Gent Hoxha – Ajër (Eng: Air)
- Vanesa Soni – Aroma jonë (Eng: Our Fragrance)
Unfortunately, we have to say goodbye for 5 artists:
- Anduel Kovaçi – Malli (Eng: Yearning)
- Arsi Bako – Sonte dua të jem me ty (Eng: Tonight I want to be with you).
- Luna Causholli – Jetën ta fal (Eng: I Forgive Life)
- Sara Kapo – Para teje (Eng: Before you)
- Permit of Stay – Fobia (Eng: Phobia)
And this how the results of the final will be determined:
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)
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.