RTSH, the Albanian national broadcaster, has confirmed the names of the 30 acts that will compete to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.
The list of competitors includes a couple of familiar names. Luiz Ejlli is aiming for a return to the contest in what will be ten years since he represent Albania with the song Zjarr e ftohtē.
Adrian Lulgjuraj is also looking to make his second appearance for Ablania in the contest, having represented the country in 2013 alongside Bledar Sejko.
The festival kicks off on December 25 with the first semi-final, with the second semi-final on the 26th and the final on the 27th.
This is currently the earliest national final planned for the Eurovision Song contest 2016.
- Egert Pano – Mos ik
- Eneda Tarifa – Përrallë
- Revolt Klan – Dashurinë s’e gjemë dot
- Kozma Dushi – Një kafe
- Enxhi Nasufi – Infinit
- Florent Abrashi – Të ndjek çdo hap
- Dilan Reka – Buzëqesh
- Evans Rama – Flakë
- Sigi Bastri – Engjëll I lirë
- Simbol – Artiste
- Lindi Islami – Për një mrekulli
- Egzon Pireci – Triumf
- Aslajdon Zaimaj – Mermë që sot
- Nilsa Hysi – Asaj
- Jozefina Simoni – Një det me ty
- Genc Tukiçi – Sa të dashuroj
- Erga Hallaj – Monolog
- Teuta Kurti – Në sytë e mi
- Klodian Kaçani & Rezarta Smaja – Dashuri në përjësi
- Luiz Ejlli – Pa mbarim
- Renis Gjoka – Ato që s’ti them dot
- Besa Krasniqi – Liroje zemrën
- Flaka Krelani – S’je për mua
- Andi Tanko – Dielli vazhdon të më ngrohë
- Edea Demaliaj – Era
- Adrian Lugjuraj – Jeto dhe ëndërro
- Kristi Popa – Ajo çfarë ndjej
- Voltan Prodani – Dëgjoje këngën o Atë
- Klajdi Musabelli – Ndodh edhe kështu
- Niku & Entela Zhula – Muza
Last year, Elhaida Dani won the 53rd edition of Festivali I Kenges with the song Diell. After a late decision to change her song, she ended changing her entry for the Eurovision Song Contest to the song I’m alive.
At the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, Elhaida qualified to the final of the contest and finished in 17th place with 34 points.
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