Tonight and tomorrow, the two semi-finals of the Albanian national selection will take place. Then, on Sunday, we are looking forward to presenting you the first live webcast of the season here on Eurovision.tv for the final show - and you will also get to know the first song of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest!
Festivali i Këngës has been held every year since 1962. Tonight its 54th edition kicks off with the first semi-final. Another semi-final will follow tomorrow, and on Sunday, at the end of the final show, we will know who will represent Albania in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest.
This is the semi-final line-up:
- Egzon Pireci – Triumf
- Simbol – Artiste
- Voltan Prodani – Dëgjoje këngën o atë
- Adrian Lulgjuraj – Jeto dhe ëndërro
- Sigi Bastri – Engjëll i lirë
- Dilan Reka – Buzëqesh
- Luiz Ejlli – Pa mbarim
- Nilsa Hysi – Asaj
- Orgesa Zaimi – Një shishe në oqean
- Erga Halilaj – Monolog
- Florent Abrashi – Të ndjek çdo hap
- Teuta Kurti – Në sytë e mi
- Kozma Dushi – Një kafe
- Aslajdon Zaimaj – Merrmë që sot
- Egert Pano – Mos ik
- Kristi Popa – Ajo çfarë ndjej
- Rezarta Smaja & Klodian Kaçani – Dashuri në përjetësi
- Revolt Klan – Dashurinë s’e gjejmë dot
- Jozefina Simoni – Një det me ty
- Andi Tanko – Dielli vazhdon të më ngrohë
- Niku & Entela Zhula – Muza
- Genc Tukiçi – Sa të dashuroj
- Evans Rama – Flakë
- Besa Krasniqi – Liroje zemrën
- Enxhi Nasufi – Infinit
- Flaka Krelani – S'je për mu
- Renis Gjoka – Ato që s'ti them dot
- Lindi Islami – Për një mrekulli
- Eneda Tarifa – Përrallë
- Klajdi Musabelliu – Ndodh edhe kështu
Some artists have represented Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest before: Luiz Ejlli participated in 2006 with Zjarr e ftohtë, while Adrian Lulgjuraj represented his country in 2013 together with Bledar Sejko. Among others, Klajdi Musabelliu and Erga Halilaj have been on the Eurovision Song Contest stage before as backing vocalists.
The presenters of the shows are Pandi Laço, who is also the screenwriter of the festival, and Blerta Tafani, a journalist and main news anchor at TVSH.
on our WebTV Player - see it live when the first song of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest is being selected!
The two semi-finals will be broadcast live tonight on the public TV channel TVSH, also starting at 20:45 CET.