There will be a total of four shows in the festival, two semi finals, a special show which showcases some of the most popular songs from the 50 year history of the festival, and then the Grand Final on the 29th of December.
The shows will be hosted by Nik Xhelilaj, Hygerta Sako and Enkeleida Zeko. The line up for tonight was as follows (Qualifiers in bold):
Gerta Mahmutaj - Pyete Zemrën
Entela Zhula - Ndjehem Bosh
Bashkim Alibali - Këngën Time Merr Vehtë
Samanta Karavello - Zgjomë Një Tjetër Endërr
Endri Dhe Stefi Prifti - Iluzion
Rona Nishliu - Suus
Rudina Delia - Më Kërko
Marjeta Billo -Vlen Sa Një Jetë
Claudio La Regina - Kur Të Pasha
Hercina Matmuja - Aty Ku Më Le
Orinda Huta - Dorëzohem
Altin Goci - Kthehem Prap
Elton Deda - Kristal
Evans Rama - Ti Nuk Mundesh
Tomorrow, the second semi final will take place, and a further ten songs will qualify. This will mean the grand final will have a total of 20 songs.
Albania did not qualify for the Final of Europe's Favourite TV Show in 2011, but have done on numerous occasions in the past. Their most successful showing was in their debut year in 2004 when Anjeza Shahini took 7th place in the Final with The Image Of You.