Songs revealed for Albania's Festivali i Këngës 59
We have the first songs of the national final season!
The Albanian broadcaster Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH) revealed the 26 songs competing in this year's Festivali i Këngës (FiK) 59.
The list of artists include 18 returning artist from previous FiK contests.
The full lineup is:
Agim Poshka - 'Vendi im'
Anxhela Peristeri - 'Karma'
Devis Xherahu - 'Peng'
Enxhi Nasufi - 'Njësoj'
Era Rusi - 'Zjarri im'
Erikson Lloshi - 'Jo'
Evi Reçi - 'Tjerr'
Fatos Shabani - 'Ty'
Festina Mejzini - 'Kush je ti dashuri'
Florent Abrashi - 'Vajzë'
Franc Koruni - 'E morën botën'
Giliola Haveriku - 'E lirë'
Gjergj Kaçinari - 'Më jep jetë'
Inis Neziri - 'Pendesë
Kamela Islamaj - 'Ajo vajza'
Kastro Zizo - 'Vallja e jetës'
Klinti Çollaku - 'Do t'ja dal'
Manjola Nallbani - 'Ora e jetës'
Mirud - 'Nëse vdes'
Orgesa Zaimi - 'Valixhja e kujtimeve'
Rosela Gjylbegu - 'Vashëzo'
Sardi Strugaj - 'Kam me t'ba me kajt'
Stefan Marena - 'Meteor'
Viktor Tahiraj - 'Nënë'
Wendi Mancaku - 'Si ajo'
Xhesika Polo - 'Më mbron'
Notable artists include Inis Neziri who finished 3rd behind Eugent Bushpepa's 2018 Eurovision entry 'Mall' with her song 'Piedestal'. She went on to win two of Europe's biggest song contests - the Grand Prize at Romania's Golden Stag Contest and the New Wave Song Contest.
Other notable acts include Orgesa Zaimi who made the final in both FiK 56 and 57, Era Rusi who finished 5th in FiK 58, Klinti Çollaku who finished 6th in FiK 57, Kamela Islamaj who finished 6th last year and fan favourite Mirud who shockingly went out in the semi-finals in FiK 57.
FiK 59 will take place between the 17 to 26 December, with full details still to be released.