Wednesday, December 21, 2016

ALBANIA: FESTIVALI I KENGES STARTS TONIGHT

It's the most wonderful time of the year...... it's Christmas! And it's time for Festivali i Këngës, the 55th edition. The three day affair starts tonight with the first semifinal, and Friday night we will know the winner and the Albanian represant for Eurovision song contest 2017 in Kyiv.
A total of 12 songs will be presented tonight and tomorrow night as well, and seven each night will reach the final. There have been modifications and a slight modernization of the festival with the reduced number of songs, and most of all in the voting. Gone is the old crumpy professional jury and instead we have a Sanremo like affair with a three way voting in the semifinals: professional jury, press jury and televote. In the final it's 40-60 with expert jury-televote. Also an example taken from Sanremo is the top-3 each will get an award, not only the winner. 
Kasem Hoxha and Ledina Celo will host the shows. Kasem is an actor who has made a career in Germany, and Ledina we remeber from Eurovision 2005 where she placed 16th with Tomorrow I go.  

SEMI-FINAL 1:
1. Flaka Krelani – Osiris 
2. Xhejni Lito – Pritja 
3. Genc Salihu – Këtu 
4. Erlind Zeraliu – Dhimbja e gëzmit 
5. Xhesika Polo– Eva jam unë 
6. Festina Mejzini– Atje lart 
7. Edea Demaliaj – Besoj në ëndrra 
8. Neki Emra – Dashuri dhe urrejtje 
9. Ylli Limani – Shiu 
10. Franc Koruni – Macka 
11. Orges Toçe – Shi diamantësh 
12. LYNX – Sot 

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