ALBANIA – Albania will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. The Albanian broadcaster Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH) will organise the national final Festivali i Këngës 56 in order to select the Albanian entry for the 2018 contest in Lisbon, Portugal. Prior to the 2018 Contest, Albania had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest fourteen times since its first entry in 2004. The nation’s best placing in the contest was fifth, which it achieved in 2012 with the song “Suus” performed by Rona Nishliu. Following the introduction of semi-finals for the 2004, Albania had, to this point, featured in seven finals. In 2017 Albania failed to qualify for the final with the song “World” performed by Lindita Halimi, placing 14th in the first semi-final, scoring 76 points.
The Albanian national broadcaster, Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH), broadcasts the event within Albania and organises the selection process for the nation’s entry. The Albanian competition Festivali i Këngës has been organised every year since 1964 and has been used as Albania’s Eurovision selection method since its debut in 2004. Details regarding the 56th edition of Festivali i Këngës were announced on 17 October 2017; however, the Albanian broadcaster formally confirmed their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 on 4 October 2017.
Festivali i Këngës 56 will be the 56th annual edition of the Albanian music competition Festivali i Këngës and the fifteenth time the competition will determine the artist and song that would represent Albania at the Eurovision Song Contest, this time selecting their 2018 contest entry. The competition will consist of two semi-finals on 21 and 22 December 2017 and a final on 23 December 2017.
Voting during the three shows involved each country awarding two sets of points from 1-8, 10 and 12: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting. Each nation’s jury consisted of five music industry professionals who are citizens of the country they represent, with their names published before the contest to ensure transparency. This jury judged each entry based on: vocal capacity; the stage performance; the song’s composition and originality; and the overall impression by the act. In addition, no member of a national jury was permitted to be related in any way to any of the competing acts in such a way that they cannot vote impartially and independently. The individual rankings of each jury member as well as the nation’s televoting results were released shortly after the grand final.
ALBANIA 2018 🇦🇱 FESTIVALI I KËNGËS PARTICIPANTS
|PARTICIPANT||SONG TITLE||ENGLISH TITLE||RESULTS||RANKING|
|Artemisa Mithi||"E dua botën"||I love the world|
|Bojken Lako||"Sytë e shpirtit"||The eyes of the soul|
|David & Genc Tukiçi||"Të pandarë"||Inseparable|
|Denisa Gjezo||"Zemër ku je"||My love, where are you|
|Elton Deda||"Fjalët"||The words|
|Endri & Stefi Prifti||"Mesazh"||Message|
|Ergi Bregu-Latifllari||"Bum bum"||Boom boom|
|Evans Rama||"Gjurmët"||The traces|
|Grupi Akullthyesit||"Divorci"||The divorce|
|Grupi NA & Festina Mezini||"Tjetër jetë"||Another life|
|Lorela Sejdini||"Pritëm edhe pak"||Wait for me some more|
|Manjola Nallbani||"I njëjti qiell"||The same sky|
|Orgesa Zaimi||"Ngrije zërin"||Raise your voice|
|Redon Makashi||"Ekzistoj"||I exist|
|Rezarta Smaja & Luiz Ejlli||"Ra një yll"||A star has fallen|
|Tahir Gjoçi||"Orë e ndaluar"||Forbidden hour|
|Voltan Prodani||"Pse të desha"||Why I loved you|