It is traditionally the starting point to the new Eurovision season and is typically held in the days just before Christmas, hence why it has adopted the nickname “Fikmas” in recent years – and although both of these are set to change this year with the Czech Republic set to pick their song first, and the dates being shifted to the days following Christmas, we are still incredibly hyped for what is set to be a great edition of FiK approaching.
This morning RTSH unveiled their artists for this landmark 60th edition, with some familiar faces amongst the line-up. 20 artists will compete for the golden ticket to represent Albania at Eurovision 2022.
Arguably one of the biggest Albanian artists, fans have been awaiting the moment that Ronela appears on the FiK stage for many years. 2021 will be the year she makes her arrival, she is an incredibly versatile artist so the possibilities for her entry are endless, although an upbeat track akin to Elvana Gjata’s “Me Tana” and Era Rusi’s “Zjarri Im” could be expected.
Alban Ramosaj is a Dutch-Albanian singer and model who is perhaps best known for winning this year’s edition of Kenga Magjike, beating off competition from the likes of Eneda Tarifa and Soni Malaj with his track “Thikat e mia” – he has openly stated that he is a massive Eurovision fan and was even on the ground in Rotterdam this year to support Anxhela Peristeri. Could Alban go the double to take both the Kenga Magjike and FiK trophy in the same year?
Making his third appearance at Festivali i Këngës is Kosovar born star Mirud, making his debut at FiK back in 2018 with “Nënë” which failed to advance to the Grand Final. It was last year he made his big return with the upbeat “Nëse Vdes” – this time he reached the final but failed to make the top 3. How will he fare this time?
FiK veteran Rezarta Smaja is making her return to the competition this year after a four-year absence. Besides her history with FiK, she has also competed on Top Fest and Kenga Magjike. She has never managed to go all the way and win a festival, so could FiK60 be her year?
Evi Reci is best known as a television presenter, but she is no stranger to the Albanian festival circuit having competed at Top Fest, Kenga Magjike and last year making her debut appearance at FiK with “Tjerr” – qualifying to the Grand Final she went on to win the “City of Tirana” award despite missing out on the ultimate prize.
The other stars taking to the stage
- Denis Skura
- Eldis Arrnjeti
- Endri & Stefi
- Ester Zahiri
- Gjergj Kacinari
- Kastro Zizo
- Kejsi Rustja
- Olimpia Smajlaj
- Sajmir Çili
- Urban Band
- Viola Zhemali
- Xhuliana Pjetra
We don’t have long to wait until we find out who will succeed Anxhela Peristeri as FiK champion, the first of three shows kicks off on December 27th and concludes with the Grand Final on December 29th. Be sure to keep up to date with Eurobuzz across all of our social media platforms as we approach the competition next month.