The show was hosted by Nik Xhelilaj, Hygerta Sako and Enkeleida Zeko. The line up for tonight was as follows (Qualifiers in Bold):-
Toni Mehmetaj - Ëndrra E Parë
Dr. Flori - Personale
Kamela Islamaj - Mbi Yje
Frederik Ndoçi - Oh..Jeta Ime
Marsida Sarai - Eja Më Merr
Bojken Lako - Të Zakonshëm
Sindi Berisha - Braktisur
Mariza Ikonomi - Më Ler Të Të Dua
Kujtim Prodani - Digjem
Iris Hoxha - Pa Ty
Saimir Braho - Përjetësi
Goldi Halili - Rroj Për Dashurinë
Xhensila Myrtzaj - Lulet Mbledh Për Hënën
Elhaida Dani - Mijra Vjet
That means we now have the final line up of 20 songs. The artists qualifed tonight will join those from the first semi final. The final of Festival I Këngës will be on December 29th.
Special gala show tomorrow evening
Tomorrow evening, a special gala night show will be held to commemorate this being the 50th anniversary of Festival I Këngës.
Albanian broadcaster RTSH has dedicated therefore the third night of the festival to the best songs between 1962 and 2000. A committee has selected what they consider to be the best 26 songs of Festivali i Këngës over the years. They have chosen one song for every composer because many authors won the festival more than once.
Most of the songs will be performed by the original singers, while others will be performed by young singers who have contributed a lot to the festival in recent years.