The Albanian national selection, which will decide the Albanian entrant for Eurovision 2018, is taking place in just over a week’s time and the tickets are now available!
In only one week, the Albanian representative and their song for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest will be known.
There are 23 acts competing in this year’s Festivali i Këngës (FiK) event, but only one will end up in Portugal next May!
RTSH, the Albanian national broadcaster, published some exciting news regarding the show:
Tickets for the 56th edition of RTSH’s Festivali i Këngës are now available! They can be found at the Congress Hall’s counter, as well as at the counters of Radio Tirana and Albanian Television. The biggest Albanian music festival is near.
First special guest revealed
There will also be a special guest who will be a part of the show, as was confirmed by RTSH earlier today.
Riccardo Cocciante, who is a very famous name in Italy and that you may already know, is a famous singer and songwriter who won the Sanremo Music Festival back in 1991.
Cocciante will be performing on the first night of FiK, the news of which was confirmed by festival spokesperson, Kozeta Kurti:
It will be on the first night of the 56th Festival that Ricardo Cocciante will perform in; the creator of dozens of melodies and references with which we have grown up with.
RTSH also mention that there will be other special guests that we are yet to hear about, with further details expected over the coming days.
Albania in Eurovision
The Balkan nation debuted back in 2004 with the song The image of you, sung by Anjeza Shahini who came 7th that year.
Since then, Albania has qualified to the final 7 out of 14 participations, but not this year in Kyiv; Lindita did not qualify to the final with her song World, finishing 14th out of 18 acts in the first semi-final.
Albania’s last qualification to the final dates back to 2015 when Elhaida Dani came 17th overall with the song I’m alive.
However, their best result was achieved back in 2012 when Rona Nishliu came 5th out of 42 countries in Baku.