Albania: RTSH unveils the Festivali i Këngës 58 candidates

by Sanjay (Sergio) Jiandani 1,705 views

RTSH, the Albanian national broadcaster, has unveiled the twenty FiK 58 candidates. Albania will be the first country to kick off the 2020 ESC national final season and will determine its Eurovsion act and entry in December.

RTSH is gearing up of for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam, with preparations for FiK 58 in full swing in Tirana.  A total of 20 acts will battle for the golden ticket to Eurovision 2020. The Albanian broadcaster has unveiled the names of the lucky hopefuls which includes Olta Boka, the 2008 Albanian ESC representative.

FiK 58 Candidates

  • Albërie Hadërgjonaj
  • Aldo Bardhi
  • Arilena Ara
  • Bojken Lako
  • Devis Xherahu
  • Eli Fara & Stresi
  • Elvana Gjata
  • Era Rusi
  • Gena
  • Genc Tukiqi
  • Kanita Suma
  •  Kamela Islamaj
  • Kastro Zizo
  • Olta Boka
  • Renis Gjoka
  •  Robert Berisha
  • Sara Bajraktari
  •  Tiri Gjoci
  • Valon Shehu
  • Wendi Mancaku

Albania in Eurovision

Albania debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2004 with Anjeza Shahini and is yet to win the competition. The country’s best result in the contest in the contest was achieved in 2012 when Rona Nishliu placed 5th in the Grand Final in Baku.

The Balkan country has participated in Europe’s favourite television show 16 times and has not missed a single contest since its debut in 2004.

In 2019 Jonida Maliqi won the Albanian national final and flew to Tel Aviv with his entry Ktheju Tokes, placing 17th in the Grand Final.