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Festivali i Këngës 52 kicks off!

Festivali i Këngës 52 kicks off!
Eric Nocito

Live from Tirana, the 52nd edition of Festivali i Këngës will kick off with the first semi-final this Thursday.

The first eight contestants will present their songs, followed by the last eight on Friday night. All 16 entries will perform again in the final on Saturday, where the winner will be determined.

In each semi-final, each participant will perform their entry, followed by a duet with another artist singing a Festivali i Këngës song from years past.


Semi-Final 1 (December 26):


  1. Luiz Ejlli“Kthehu” (duet with Mira Konçi)
  2. Rezarta Smaja“Në zemër” (duet with Elton Deda)
  3. Edmond Mancaku and Entela Zhula – “Vetëm për ty” (duet with Altin Goci)
  4. Venera Lumani and Lindi Islami – “Natë e pare” (duet with Olta Boka)
  5. Xhejn & Enxhi Kumrija – “Kur qielli qan” (duet with Redon Makashi)
  6. Renis Gjoka – “Mjegulla” (duet with Kejsi Tola)
  7. Sajmir Braho – “Grua” (duet with Flaka Krelani)
  8. Herciana Matmuja – “Zemërimi i një nate” (duet with Endri & Stefi Prifti)


Semi-Final 2 (December 27):


  1. Blerina Braka – “Mikja ime”
  2. Marjeta Billo “Ti mungon” (duet with Juliana Pasha)
  3. Xhejsi Jorgaqi – “Ëndërrat janë ëndërra” (duet with Eranda Libohova)
  4. Klodian Kaçani “Me ty” (duet with Rovena Dilo)
  5. Frederik Ndoci – “Një ditë shprese” (duet with Irma Libohova)
  6. Besiana Mehmeti and Shkodran Tolaj – “Jam larg”
  7. Orges Toçe – “Jeta në orën 4” (duet with Kamela Islami)
  8. Lynx “Princesha” (duet with Eneda Tarifa)


Final (December 28):


  1. Herciana Matmuja – “Zemërimi i një nate”
  2. Besiana Mehmeti and Shkodran Tolaj – “Jam larg”
  3. Luiz Ejlli – “Kthehu”
  4. Frederik Ndoci – “Një ditë shprese”
  5. Orges Toçe – “Jeta në orën 4”
  6. Klodian Kaçani – “Me ty”
  7. Venera Lumani and Lindi Islami – “Natë e pare”
  8. Blerina Braka – “Mikja ime”
  9. Xhejsi Jorgaqi – “Ëndërrat janë ëndërra”
  10. Xhejn & Enxhi Kumrija – “Kur qielli qan”
  11. Lynx – “Princesha”
  12. Marjeta Billo – “Ti mungon”
  13. Sajmir Braho – “Grua”
  14. Rezarta Smaja – “Në zemër”
  15. Edmond Mancaku and Entela Zhula – “Vetëm për ty”
  16. Renis Gjoka – “Mjegulla”


Returning to the competition is Luiz Ejlli, who represented Albania in 2006 with the song “Zjarr e ftohtë,” and Frederik Ndoci who sang the song “Hear My Plea” in Eurovision 2007.

Also, there are Eurovision stars returning for the guest duets. Kejsi Tola represented Albania in 2009 with the song “Carry Me In Your Dreams,” and Juliana Pasha who sang “It’s All About You” in 2010.

Eurovision Song Contest 2013 winner Emmelie de Forest and The Voice of Italy winner and previous Festivali i Këngës participant Elhaida Dani will perform as guests. Also, Eurovision 2010 representatives, Adrian Lulgjuraj & Bledar Sejko, will perform as well.

The winner of Festivali i Këngës 52 will be determined by a jury made up of musicians Agim Krajka, Aleksandër Lalo, Hajg Zaharian, writer Xhevahir Spahiu, actor Petrit Malaj, musicologist Eriona Rushiti, and singer Bojken Lako. The winner will go on to represent Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The shows will broadcast live on television channel TVSH at 20:45 CET each night. The semi-finals and final can be watched here.  The final can also be watched on here.


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