Albina and familja Kelmendi Will Represent Albania At Eurovision 2023 With The Song “Duje”

“Festivali i Këngës 61″ has come to an end.
A total of 26 artists performed along with the festival, 21 of them 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.

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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

The Songs

21 artists qualified for the final.

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

  1. 2 Farm (Bandë muzikore) – Atomike (Eng: Atomic)
  2. Serxhio Hajdini Vështirë (Eng: Difficult)
  3. Gjergj Kaçinari – Dje (Eng: Yesterday)
  4. Alban Kondi & Lorela Karoshi Melodi (Eng: Melody)
  5. Vanesa Soni – Aroma jonë (Eng: Our Fragrance)
  6. Elsa Lila  Evita
  7. Franc Koruni – Në pritje (Eng: Waiting)
  8. Gent Hoxha – Ajër (Eng: Air)
  9. Petrit Çarkaxhiu Emri yt mirësi (Eng: Your name is kindness)
  10. Melodajna Mancaku Gjysma e zemrës sime (Eng: Half of my heart)
  11. Manjola Nallbani – Dua (Eng: I Want)
  12. Urban Band Në çdo hap (Eng: At every step)
  13. Erma Mici – Kozmosi i dashurisë (Eng: Cosmos of love)
  14. Enxhi Nasufi  Burrë (Eng: Man)
  15. Rovena Dilo Motit (Eng: Weather)
  16. Fifi (Filloreta Raçi) – Stop
  17. Rezearta Smaja N’Eden (Eng: In Eden)
  18. Evi Reçi Ma kthe (Eng: Give me back)
  19. Fabian Basha – Një gotë (Eng: A Glass)
  20. Albina and familja Kelmendi Duje (Eng: You Want)
  21. LYNX Nëse ke besim (Eng: If you believe)


Best Young Artist (And Alternative Bands)

5 artists competed in this category:

  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)

The jury awarded Erma Mici!

Career Prize – Best Established Artist

All 16 established artists were nominated.
The jury awarded Rovena Dilo:

Professional Jury

3rd place

2 Farm (Bandë muzikore) – Atomike (Eng: Atomic)

2nd place

Albina and familja Kelmendi Duje

Winner of The Festival (Not Yet, Eurovision representative)

Elsa Lila – Evita.
This is her 3rd time winning the festival!
Previous wins were at the end of the 1990’s.

Public Vote

For the first time since 2016, the public is involved in the festival’s results.
This year, the Albanian representative for Eurovision was selected by 100% public vote (via SMS).
Therefore, the public from Albania and Kosovo decided who will represent Albania at Eurovision 2023

And the public decided:

Albina and familja Kelmendi represent Albania flag at Liverpool

What do you think about the festival’s results?
What do you think about the song 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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