Festivali i Këngës 58

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Festivali i Këngës 58
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Dates
Semi-final 119 December 2019
Semi-final 220 December 2019
Final22 December 2019
Host
VenuePallati i Kongreseve, Tirana
Presenter(s)Alketa Vejsiu
Host broadcasterRTSH
Opening act
Interval act
Participants
Number of entries20
Vote
Winning song"Shaj" by Arilena Ara

Festivali i Këngës 58 was the 58th edition of the annual music contest Festivali i Këngës, which was held on 19, 20 and 22 December 2019 at the Pallati i Kongreseve in Tirana and broadcast live on Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH). The three live shows were hosted by Alketa Vejsiu.[1]

The winner of the contest is Arilena Ara with the song "Shaj".[2] She will represent Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.[3]

Format[edit]

Festivali i Këngës 58, organised by Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH), was the fifty-eighth consecutive edition of the annual contest. The two semi-finals and grand final were held at the Pallati i Kongreseve in Tirana on 19, 20 and 22 December 2019 respectively. The winner of the competition was chosen by a jury of experts which is composed of 5 members: Christer Björkman, Dimitris Kontopoulos, Felix Bergsson, Mikaela Minga and Rita Petro.[4][5]

Guests[edit]

Radio Televizioni Shqiptar released the first details regarding the special guests prior to the first semi-final on 19 December 2019.[6][7][8] The opening act of the first semi-final featured Albanian singer Jonida Maliqi performing "Ktheju tokës".[9] The interval act in the first semi-final featured Italian singer Mahmood, performing "Barrio" and "Soldi".[10] The interval act in the second semi-final included Agim Krajka and Lindita Theodhori with the song "Kafe Flora".[11] During the final, Italian singer Giusy Ferreri and Albanian Greek singer Eleni Foureira performed.

Contestants[edit]

The twenty contestants of this year's edition of Festivali i Këngës were announced to the public during a press conference on 24 October 2019, and the songs were released on 9 December 2019.[12][13][14]

Artist(s) Song Composition Lyrics
Albërie Hadërgjonaj "Ku ta gjej dikë ta dua" Adrian Hila Timo Flloko
Aldo Bardhi "Melodi" Aldo Bardhi Naxhije Berisha
Arilena Ara "Shaj" Darko Dimitrov Lindon Berisha
Bojken Lako "Malaseen" Bojken Lako
Devis Xherahu "Bisedoj me serenatën" Devis Xherahu Jorgo Papingji
Eli Fara and Stresi "Bohem" Eli Fara Rozana Radi
Elvana Gjata "Me tana" Elvana Gjata
Era Rusi "Eja merre" Darko Dimitrov Naxhije Berisha
Gena "Shqiponja e lirë" Gena Endrit Mumajesi
Genc Tukiçi and Nadia Tukiçi "Ju flet Tirana" Genc Tukiçi Agim Xheka
Kamela Islamaj "Më ngjyros" Kamela Islamaj Megi Hasani
Kanita Suma "Ankth" Boban Apostolov Lindon Berisha
Kastro Zizo "Asaj" Gramoz Kozeli, Klevis Bega
Olta Boka "Botë për dy" Florent Boshnjaku Genc Salihu
Renis Gjoka "Loja" Renis Gjoka Ilir Krasniqi
Robert Berisha "Ajo nuk është unë" Filloreta Raci
Sara Bajraktari "Ajër" Adrian Hila
Tiri Gjoci "Me gotën bosh" Everest Ndreca Pandi Laço
Valon Shehu "Kutia e Pandorës" Eugent Bushpepa Elvis Preni
Wendi Mancaku "Ende" Wendi Mancaku Endrit Mumajesi

Semi-finals[edit]

Semi-final 1[edit]

The first semi-final took place on 19 December 2019.[15] Ten contestants participated in the first semi-final.[16] The highlighted contestants qualified for the final.[17]

Draw Artist(s) Song
1 Bojken Lako "Malaseen"
2 Kanita Suma "Ankth"
3 Devis Xherahu "Bisedoj me serenatën"
4 Aldo Bardhi "Melodi"
5 Kamela Islamaj "Më ngjyros"
6 Genc Tukiçi and Nadia Tukiçi "Ju flet Tirana"
7 Sara Bajraktari "Ajër"
8 Elvana Gjata "Me tana"
9 Renis Gjoka "Loja"
10 Albërie Hadërgjonaj "Ku ta gjej dikë ta dua"

Semi-final 2[edit]

The second semi-final took place on 20 December 2019.[15] Ten contestants participated in the second semi-final. The highlighted contestants qualified for the final.[17]

Draw Artist(s) Song
1 Robert Berisha "Ajo nuk është unë"
2 Wendi Mancaku "Ende"
3 Kastro Zizo "Asaj"
4 Tiri Gjoci "Me gotën bosh"
5 Era Rusi "Eja merre"
6 Olta Boka "Botë për dy"
7 Valon Shehu "Kutia e Pandorës"
8 Arilena Ara "Shaj"
9 Eli Fara and Stresi "Bohemë"
10 Gena "Shqiponja e lirë"

Final[edit]

The grand final took place on 22 December 2019. [15] The twelve finalists were announced on 21 December 2019[18], and the winner was chosen by a jury consisting of two Albanian members and three international members with connections to the Eurovision Song Contest. [19]

Draw Artist Song C. Björkman D. Kontopoulos F. Bergsson M. Minga R. Petro Total Place
1 Valon Shehu "Kutia e Pandorës" 1 2 7 7 6 23 8
2 Sara Bajraktari "Ajër" 13 10 10 8 9 50 3
3 Robert Berisha "Ajo nuk është unë" 9 3 2 3 1 18 10
4 Tiri Gjoci "Me gotën bosh" 2 4 8 6 3 23 8
5 Bojken Lako "Malaseen" 3 8 3 18 13 45 4
6 Arilena Ara "Shaj" 10 13 13 13 18 67 1
7 Gena "Shqiponja e lirë" 4 7 1 1 5 18 10
8 Kamela Islamaj "Më ngjyros" 6 6 4 9 10 35 6
9 Albërie Hadërgjonaj "Ku ta gjej dikë ta dua" 7 5 6 5 4 27 7
10 Elvana Gjata "Me tana" 18 18 18 2 8 64 2
11 Olta Boka "Botë për dy" 5 1 5 4 2 17 12
12 Era Rusi "Eja merre" 8 9 9 10 7 43 5

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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