public gets say in preliminary round

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For the first time in eleven years time will no longer be just a jury determine who represents Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest. That made the Albanian broadcaster RTSH known at a press conference.

In late december, on to determine exact dates yet, the 55th Edition of Festivali i Këngës (‘ The songs festival ‘), the annual music contest that since the edition of 2003 also serves as Eurovision heat in Albania. It is already known that there are two semi-finals and a final .

In the two semi’s twelve singers and their songs are facing each other. Out of a total of 24 Semifinalists punches there fourteen to final evening. Eight of these are chosen by a professional jury, three by a press jury, and three by a public jury. In the finals the jury has 60% in weight, and the other rash again of a public jury.


It is not known whether it refers to effective televoting, where Albanian television viewers can vote on their favorite songs, or to a composite jury of ‘ ordinary people ‘. Anyway, it’s the first time since FiK 2005 that the public should decide again. Almost every year, members of the ‘ professional jury ‘ accused of being bribed and not fair to vote.

Eurovision Albania has some lean years. After a fifth place in 2012, the best result for the country as yet, was the final met only once, in 2015. Eneda Tarifa struck in Stockholm (photo: EBU) to the final with her Fairytale.