Albania: 21 Artists Qualified For “Festivali i Këngës 61” Final

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)

YouTube playlist

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.

The Finalists

You can watch each performance by clicking of the song title:

Established Artists (Qualified For The Final)

  1. Alban Kondi & Lorela Karoshi Melodi (Eng: Melody)
  2. Albina and familja Kelmendi Duje (Eng: You Want)
  3. 2 Farm (Bandë muzikore) – Atomike (Eng: Atomic)
  4. Elsa Lila  Evita
  5. Enxhi Nasufi  Burrë (Eng: Man)
  6. Evi Reçi Ma kthe (Eng: Give me back)
  7. Fabian Basha – Një gotë (Eng: A Glass)
  8. Fifi (Filloreta Raçi) – Stop
  9. Franc Koruni – Në pritje (Eng: Waiting)
  10. Gjergj Kaçinari – Dje (Eng: Yesterday)
  11. LYNX Nëse ke besim (Eng: If you believe)
  12. Manjola Nallbani – Dua (Eng: I Want)
  13. Petrit Çarkaxhiu Emri yt mirësi (Eng: Your name is kindness)
  14. Rezearta Smaja N’Eden (Eng: In Eden)
  15. Rovena Dilo Motit (Eng: Weather)
  16. Serxhio Hajdini Vështirë (Eng: Difficult)

Newcomers (Qualified For The Final)

  1. Melodajna Mancaku Gjysma e zemrës sime (Eng: Half of my heart)
  2. Erma Mici – Kozmosi i dashurisë (Eng: Cosmos of love)
  3. Urban Band Në çdo hap (Eng: At every step)
  4. Gent Hoxha – Ajër (Eng: Air)
  5. Vanesa Soni – Aroma jonë (Eng: Our Fragrance)

Eliminated Acts

Unfortunately, we have to say goodbye for 5 artists:

  1. Anduel Kovaçi – Malli (Eng: Yearning)
  2. Arsi Bako Sonte dua të jem me ty (Eng: Tonight I want to be with you).
  3. Luna Causholli Jetën ta fal (Eng: I Forgive Life)
  4. Sara Kapo – Para teje (Eng: Before you)
  5. Permit of Stay – Fobia (Eng: Phobia)

And this how the results of the final will be determined:

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.

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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