Albania: Festivali i Këngës Finalists All Known

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The Albanian pre-selection for the Eurovision Song Contest known as the Festivali i Këngës continued this evening with the second semi-final aired live through the main broadcasting television channel in the nation. The showcase is currently celebrating its fiftieth edition and therefore it is being organised on the best possible scale in order to impress the local and international viewers whilst looking back at some of the best moments of the music competition which has seen the rise of several upcoming talents with the establishment of the most notable artists in the country. This year, there are quite a number of established performers taking part but then again, some newcomers have also made the list and all hope to be the ones in Baku, Azerbaijan which will be hosting the Eurovision Song Contest in 2012.

Monday marked the first semi-final of the prestigious event with ten (10) entries making it to the next stage of the competition out of the competing fourteen (14) and on Tuesday meaning last night, it was not different with another ten (10) songs passing through to the Thursday finals leaving out another four (4). This years’ Festivali i Këngës is truly a special one and the list of finalists is one that managed to also mix established and upcoming talent with the possibility to be represented by an extremely astounding entry which will be totally revamped by the time of the actual music competition noting that Albania has conducted this operation each and every year since their premier participation back in 2004 with Anjeza Shanini and her entry ‘The Image of You’. Below you can see the list of all the finalists with the ones in bold being those that qualified this evening.

  1. Gerta Mahmutaj – Pyete zemrën
  2. Bashkim Alibali – Këngën time merr me vete
  3. Endir dhe Stefi Prifti – Iluzion
  4. Samanta Karavello – Zgojmë një tjetër ëndërr
  5. Rudina Deliu – Më kërko
  6. Rona Nishliu – Suus
  7. Altin Goci – Kthethem prapë
  8. Elton Deda – Kristal
  9. Hersi Matmuja – Aty ku më le
  10. Marjeta Billo – Vlen sa një jetë
  11. Toni Mehmetaj – Ëndrra e parë
  12. Dr. Flori – Personale
  13. Kamela Islamaj – Mbi yje
  14. Frederik Ndoçi – Oh… jeta ime
  15. Bojken Lako – Të zakonshëm
  16. Mariza Ikonomi – Më ler të të dua
  17. Iris Hoxha – Pa ty
  18. Saimir Braho – Ajër
  19. Xhensila Myrtzaj – Lulet mbledh për hënën
  20. Elhaida Dani – Mijra vjet
The final of the showcase will be taking place this Thursday evening with Wednesday being reserved for a special show in which the best songs of the Festivali i Këngës will be performed either by their respective original artist or by upcoming acts who have shown desire to do so due to the allocated performed not being available. Stay tuned to ESCflashmalta for all the latest news about Albania and the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. We will be following all of the national selections, some of which also with live reports by our leading editorial board.

Source: RTSH

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