Happy Fikmas! We would not celebrate the end of the year differently, like the finals of the Festival and Këngës 59 held. Tonight, it was revealed that Anxhela Peristeri has won the competition and will represent Albania at the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest.
Anxhela won at the Festival and Këngës won tonight’s competition with the song ‘Karma‘, composed by Kledi Bahiti, while the lyrics were written by Olti Curri.
Festivals and Këngës conclude after three shows
After two consecutive music nights, Albania has chosen its representative among eighteen artists and performers. Entries for tonight’s competition are as follows:
- Anxhela Peristeri – Karma – The winner
- Davis Xherahu – Peng
- Era Rusi – Zjarri im
- Evi Reci – Tjerr
- Festina Mejzini – Kush je ti dasuri – 3rd place
- Florent Abrashi – Vajze
- Giliola Haveriku – E lirë
- Gjergj Kaçinari – Më jep jetë
- Inis Neziri – Pendesë
- Kamela Islamaj – Kujtimet s’kanë formë
- Castro Zizo – Valja e jetës
- Mirud – Nese vdes
- Orgesa Zaimi – Valixhja e kujtimeve
- Rosela Gjylbegu – Vasezo
- Sardi Strugaj – Kam me t’ba me kajt – 2nd place
- Viktor Tahiraj – Nënë
- Wendi Mancaku – Si ajo
- Xhesika Polo – Më mbron
With the song selected, why not take a look at our initial reflections on the first song unveiled for Eurosong 2021, watching our reaction video:
Albania at the Eurovision Song Contest
Albania made its Eurovision debut in 2004 and has participated every year since. Anjeza Shahini was the first to wave the country’s flag at the competition with her song ‘The Image of You’. She finished in 7th place with 106 points.
During the year, Albania advanced to the finals eight times. So far their best result is 5th place Rone Nishliu achieved in Baku in 2012 with her cult ballad ‘Suus’.
Albania should be represented by Arilena Ara in 2020, with her song ‘Fall With the Sky’. Last December, she controversially won Festivals and Kenges 58 with “Shaj”, which translated for competition. He was supposed to participate in the second semifinal of the competition in 2020 before the competition was canceled.
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