Watch now: Grand Final of Festivali i Këngës 56 in Albania

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The Grand Final of the 56th Festivali i Këngës takes place in Albania this evening.

Tonight Albania will crown the 2017 victor of the renowned Festivali i Këngës, and we will know who will represent the country at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal.

How to watch

The 56th edition of the Festivali i Këngës takes place at the Pallati i Kongreseve in Tirana, hosted by Adi Kastra. Broadcast by RTSH from 20:45 CET onwards, you may also follow the show via this link:

The show can also be watched via the RTSH Tani app, available on both Android and iOS devices.

The show

Fourteen finalists have placed themselves in the final following the choice of the jury panel, after two semi-finals.

From among them, a professional jury of music experts will choose the ultimate winner.

The participants

The finalists of the Festivali i Këngës 2017 are:

  • Artemisa Mithi – E dua botën
  • Bojken Lako – Sytë e shpirtit
  • Denisa Gjezo – Zemër ku je
  • Elton Deda – Fjalët
  • Eugent Bushpepa – Mall
  • Grupi Na & Festina Mezini – Tjetër jetë
  • Inis Neziri – Piedestal
  • Manjola Nallbani – I njëjti qiell
  • Mariza Ikonomi – Unë
  • Orgesa Zaimi – Ngrije zërin
  • Redon Makashi – Egziston
  • Rezarta Smaja & Luiz Ejlli – Ra një yll
  • Tiri – Orë e ndalur
  • Voltan Prodani – E pamundur

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For information visit the official FiK website.

About Festivali i Këngës

The Festivali i Këngës was founded by broadcaster RTSH in 1963, making it one of the longest running music competitions in Europe.

Since 2003, the winner of the Festivali i Këngës also wins the right to represent Albania at the Eurovision Song Contest. The 2003 edition was won by Anjeza Shahini, who subsequently reached a respectable 7th place for Albania’s debut at Eurovision 2004, earning 106 points with her entry The image of you.

The Festivali i Këngës 2016 was won by Albanian-Kosovar singer Lindita Halimi (commonly known simply as Lindita, and also as Linda Halimi) with her entry Botë, written by herself and Big Basta, composed and produced by Klodian Qafoku.

At the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine, Lindita performed the English version of Botë, titled World. Unfortunately, despite a powerful performance, the artist did not go through to the Grand Final. Lindita placed 14th out of 18 contestants in Semi-Final 1, receiving 76 points.