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:
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.