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escYOUnited
10th May 2019, 14:57
http://flags.fmcdn.net/data/flags/w1160/al.png

Zonne147
13th May 2019, 21:38
Hope they send another good entry, one of the most underrated countries in Eurovision :( ... But they need to improve on staging if they want to win!!

Realest
17th May 2019, 23:10
How about Dhurata Dora?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCpvmHi1gxU

BarefootBoogaloo
2nd June 2019, 02:55
xpray

https://youtu.be/Pv9POaq2g_w


https://youtu.be/x1vntUwqnuk


https://youtu.be/LxLWWZr9q1Y


https://youtu.be/YD7MA1gLdLo

Yoozek
2nd June 2019, 15:58
Mall, Jonida. I feel like you're back in the game~!

Sean
8th July 2019, 21:54
Over the coming weeks and months before Eurovision 2020, we at ESC United will be looking back at the decade we leave behind, country by country. First up, naturally, is ::al Albania!

Find out what our team though of this decade's Albanian entries and have your say on your favourite of the 10s in our poll!

https://escunited.com/eurovision-this-decade-albania/

Preuss
8th July 2019, 22:28
Rona will always remain the best thing from Albania this decade for me. I also listen to Elhaida Dani’s «I’m alive» occasionally xlisten2

Loindici
9th July 2019, 02:26
I wish Elhaida returns as a composer in FiK 58. Her work getting stuck in the semi was unjustifiable.

njdevils94
9th July 2019, 09:25
Over the coming weeks and months before Eurovision 2020, we at ESC United will be looking back at the decade we leave behind, country by country. First up, naturally, is ::al Albania!

Find out what our team though of this decade's Albanian entries and have your say on your favourite of the 10s in our poll!

https://escunited.com/eurovision-this-decade-albania/

IOTAP You only gave Jonida a 4.

EscTurkey
9th July 2019, 11:03
Albania was great in the past decade. However, their entries lack the necessary qualities to be successful at ESC. I will repeat this very year but, please ditch Fik and go for Kenga Magjike to choose the ESC entry. Songs from the latter prove much more successful in the charts.

Sean
9th July 2019, 21:40
IOTAP You only gave Jonida a 4.

If you take offence at that you're going to HATE some of my rankings in the coming weeks... not going to make myself popular around here one bit :lol:

Citelis
9th July 2019, 22:43
You overrated Jonida by giving 4. I'm giving 0.

tuorem
10th July 2019, 00:57
I voted for Rona because only fools would go against God's wishes (but Jonida is my second choice, she slays xheart).

With that being said, Albania rocked this decade, that's for sure. The amount of fantastic and charismatic vocalists they have is insane (while in France we struggle to even have one person who can properly sing in Destination Eurovision :lol:)

Out of all their entries, the only ones I didn't like were "World" and "Fairytale", I found the revamps and translations... unfortunate, to put it diplomatically. I'm not into "Identitet" either, but I respect it.

The rest had my seal of approval, even the underrated Aurela and Hersi. xlove


IOTAP You only gave Jonida a 4.

And I thought Sean and I would settle down in a near future, call our pet Eugent and live a passionate Eurovision-couple life in Michael Rice's land.
I should have known better.

At least he gave "Suus" six points, otherwise I'd have called the police right away. :mrgreen:

Mainshow
10th July 2019, 03:01
Personally, I think that Albania had a really great decade.
It reached my personal Top 10 4 times: 2012, 2015, 2018, 2019. It has been a bit of a hit or miss, though because apart from that, I just think that 2016 was decent.

I don't want to see FiK removed from determining the Albanian entry because I do love some high quality tracks.

Albania/Kosovo might have a modern and active music scene but I'd always prefer tracks like their 2010's finalists to generic autotune stuff accompanied by a trashy beat.

tomos2019
10th July 2019, 10:53
I like a lot of Albanian entries but they haven't made my top 10 too often. They were my 3rd in 2012, my 6th this year and my 10th in 2013(I more prefer that entry to Armenia's than like absolutely love it).

Realest
16th July 2019, 23:06
Latest Rumours say that Arilena travelled to USA to record her FiK-Entry.

njdevils94
29th August 2019, 17:25
Inis Neziri won New Wave a few days ago. Here is her Night 2 performance of her 2017 FiK song Piedestal


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ia-rm7tNSiI

Sammy
1st September 2019, 23:21
I really hope for Arthemisia Mithi. Something in her voice just mesmerizes me

Loindici
2nd September 2019, 00:41
I really hope for Arthemisia Mithi. Something in her voice just mesmerizes me

I don't know if she could survive FiK with her brand. Should she be recruited for an ethnic song/big voice ballad is another question.

hunty73
2nd September 2019, 01:44
I don't know if she could survive FiK with her brand. Should she be recruited for an ethnic song/big voice ballad is another question.

She is hard to get the right song for,but has some real talent underneath.She maybe needs a bit longer to get her stage craft better,but could storm things with the right song.Fik has been getting much stronger the last few years.The show itself is very strong now,and last year the songs were getting close.

Id like to see a Kejsi Tola & Krusita Stafa double act.They were both looking good again in Kenga Magjike.

Kaz
4th September 2019, 10:32
Albania is honestly up there when it comes to my favourite ESC countries. They've hit my top 10 in 2010, 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019. Although some revamps have been unfortunate, I always just find that Albanian entries always have so much passion behind them.

Mainshow
4th September 2019, 19:58
Albania has become one of my favourite countries as well. Usually, they are quite hit or miss but if they have something I consider to be "good", it's usually among my favourite entries of the year, e.g. 2012, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019.

EscTurkey
5th September 2019, 14:58
I loved Albania in 2008, 2009, 2010, one of the best 3 consecutive entries imo.
Then they went lackluster for a while, only to strike me in 2015 with one of the best ballads of the decade xheat
And 2019 was.... FIRE.

BorisBubbles
5th September 2019, 15:07
Yep, I really like Albania as well. Even with a few weakish entries along the way (11, 14, 16, 17) their entries are usually interesting and provide a sound quite unlike that of any other country. It's a shame they never do as well as they deserve.

Except for Suus. Fuck Suus.

randajad
5th September 2019, 16:52
I loved Albania in 2008, 2009, 2010, one of the best 3 consecutive entries imo.
Then they went lackluster for a while, only to strike me in 2015 with one of the best ballads of the decade xheat
And 2019 was.... FIRE.

I'll add 2018 as well.

It is one of those countries I either love or hate, and then love. xheat

Yoozek
5th September 2019, 19:14
There's...literally no chance that they'll beat themselves in what they've done this year.

Realest
24th October 2019, 14:53
Acccording to this Article (https://www.newsbomb.al/festivali-i-58-te-ne-rtsh-elvana-gjata-dhe-arilena-ara-perplasen-per-eurovizionin-del-lista-e-kengeve-pjesmarrese-si-parashikohet-rezultati-183290), these might be the Participants.


Elvana Gjata
Era Rusi
Arlilena Ara
Olta Boka
Wendi Mancaku
Bojken Lako
Tiri Gjoci
Alberie Hadergjonaj
Valon Shehu
Kamela Islamaj
Eli Fara & Stresi
Kastro Zizo
Kanita Suma
Gena
Robert Berisha
Genti Deda
Renis Gjoka
Sara Bajraktari
Genci Tukiqi
Aldo Bardhi
Aurora Kapo
Nita Latifi
Arjeta Palushaj
Devis Xherahu
Algert Salaj

AlekS
24th October 2019, 17:46
Elvana Gjata
Arilena Ara
Wendi Mancaku
Valon Shehu
Aldo Bardhi
Kanita
Genti Deda
Arjeta Palushaj


https://i.imgur.com/5KYgATf.jpg

A-lister
24th October 2019, 18:39
Wow Elvana Gjata!? Is this the same FiK!?!? Maybe finally the Albanian broadcaster caught up with reality and the century we're in... I hope that's the case and it won't be some odd FiK-"compromised" entry...

anaraqueen
24th October 2019, 19:11
Elvana xheat I hope she goes with a bop because that's what she does best

AshleyWright
24th October 2019, 19:18
low key getting hyped already for Elvana. xheat

Can't wait for it to be trash and all of us hate it. xheart

Realest
24th October 2019, 20:37
Its official

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EHqF8CQX0AArLaK?format=jpg&name=medium

CaraMia
24th October 2019, 22:01
Is this list really true? FiK is going to be awesome this year!!! xheat

Kaz
25th October 2019, 01:11
Arilena Ara is a big name too! Hope she doesn’t disappoint. Also glad to see Tiri Gjoci give it another shot after being a backing singer for Jonida.

njdevils94
25th October 2019, 01:19
Wendi was also a backing singer for Jonida in Tel Aviv last year. :)

Sammy
25th October 2019, 09:33
Olta Boka xlove xlove

Loindici
26th October 2019, 12:33
Over on debanbloggs quite a lot are hyping for Elvana and Arilena...

blartashura
26th October 2019, 21:52
My jaw dropped when I saw Elvana on the list, but I am also shocked to see Gena and Kanita competing this year. I am very happy that lot's of singers that are really mainstream and popular are competing this year. Elvana, Arilena, Gena are the biggest names there followed by Kanita who is a new singer but very successful. Alberie is also a popular name, winner of FIK 1998, and will be definitely interesting what she'll bring to the contest.

ESC94
27th October 2019, 13:45
So no Aly Ryan here?? :lol:

Mainshow
27th October 2019, 15:18
My jaw dropped when I saw Elvana on the list, but I am also shocked to see Gena and Kanita competing this year. I am very happy that lot's of singers that are really mainstream and popular are competing this year. Elvana, Arilena, Gena are the biggest names there followed by Kanita who is a new singer but very successful. Alberie is also a popular name, winner of FIK 1998, and will be definitely interesting what she'll bring to the contest.

Wow, that's awesome to read! I've always seen FiK as a alternate universe when it comes to Albanian music. I guess that Albania's "success" in this decade might have helped a bit to attract more popular singers?

hunty73
28th October 2019, 00:04
Arilena floored me in the list.Followed her a while and really liked how she has developed.Really powerful live and with the right sound engineer could really deliver something contemporary with a hint of ethnic.Nėntori was down the right lines.She might win if she has something similar or better.
Elvana Gjata is hugely talented and a fantastic singer.Really interested to see if she goes for uptempo pop or something more traditional,she can do both.Something like "Gjerat kane ndryshuar" or "Ti Shqiperi me jep nder " would suit my xmas just fine,and she can win the whole thing as i cry in my lager.xrose
Kanita is also really interesting.I really liked her in 2018 in Kenga Magjike and thought she had found her sound after a long time since X factor( i think in 14 or 13)?.Warner thought a lot about her,is she still with them?

This looks like a fantastic Fik.Really good mix and some top drawer artists.Do we have the dates for the shows yet?

Realest
28th October 2019, 13:54
https://scontent.fzag3-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/fr/cp0/e15/q65/73296576_2527912137439298_4163650126918713344_n.jp g?_nc_cat=109&efg=eyJpIjoidCJ9&_nc_oc=AQkIyATj5VoAFTYUN40VnkPyo9A0wDbiUD909bvEvmc LMr5c-E9PC2B7ah7WZQVr5w8&_nc_ht=scontent.fzag3-1.fna&oh=e894fd9ff441c90288e8a7050da35c81&oe=5E1E1F19

Mainshow
28th October 2019, 13:56
That's great! We'll get to hear the first version of a (potential) Eurovision entry before Christmas! <3

ESC94
28th October 2019, 13:58
I hope they will continue to sing in Albanian, since their remastered versions in English were mostly pretty bad.

Mainshow
28th October 2019, 13:59
I hope they will continue to sing in Albanian, since their remastered versions in English were mostly pretty bad.

I agree! "I'm Alive" was perfect, though but it was a completely different song.

blartashura
28th October 2019, 16:23
I hope they will continue to sing in Albanian, since their remastered versions in English were mostly pretty bad.

Especially if Elvana wins, her accent is so bad that it made me hate all her English songs except for maybe "Shade" by Poo Bear.

hunty73
28th October 2019, 22:08
Shame the final is a Sunday night,Saturday night was far better for people who like to get hugely drunk watching it.Being at work at 7am the Monday morning doesnt help.

Yoozek
29th October 2019, 20:44
I agree! "I'm Alive" was perfect, though but it was a completely different song.

Too bad that girl couldn't sing it.


Shame the final is a Sunday night,Saturday night was far better for people who like to get hugely drunk watching it.Being at work at 7am the Monday morning doesnt help.

It's impossible for me to watch the whole thing sober too!

njdevils94
18th November 2019, 19:47
FiK songs might be out this week. :D

Zonne147
18th November 2019, 20:43
FiK songs might be out this week. :D

So excited :D
Hope they make a choice that satisfies me one more year. "Mall" and "Ktheju Tokes" were from another world for me, and they are so so different. That's what delights me in ::al xheart

Realest
18th November 2019, 20:47
FiK songs might be out this week. :D

Where did you get this Info from, NJ?

ESCDenmark
18th November 2019, 20:47
According to eurovisionworld.com
All the songs from Albania will be released tomorrow on 19. november 2019.


https://eurovisionworld.com/esc/albania-2020-here-is-the-lineup-for-festivali-i-kenges-58

Biscuit02
19th November 2019, 12:23
I can't wait for the songs, last 2 years Albania ended up being really high in my rankings, hopefully they will send another song as good as "'Mall" and '"Ktheju Tokės"'.

Realest
19th November 2019, 16:40
According to Arilenas IG, her Song will be released at 18:00.

AlekS
19th November 2019, 19:04
According to Arilenas IG, her Song will be released at 18:00.
And apparently it's a duo. Not meant for FiK? The song is good but I hope it's not her (solo) entry.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuVzHyegm34

Realest
19th November 2019, 19:09
I think it was Fakenews by Eurovisionworld.

Zonne147
19th November 2019, 19:46
I think it was Fakenews by Eurovisionworld.

I guess they aren't right yes, since in last years songs were released a bit later in the year

Biscuit02
19th November 2019, 20:06
Wait, so the songs won't be released today?

Zonne147
19th November 2019, 20:34
Wait, so the songs won't be released today?

There is not (was never) any official source who said songs would be released today, so I guess we have to wait until RTSH says something

Grinch
21st November 2019, 18:05
Albania's last 2 entries were masterpieces so I'm dying to hear their 2020 entry xheart

AlekS
23rd November 2019, 15:45
FiK is especially lit this year 8-)

Eleni Foureira will be a special guest:

https://lapsi.al/2019/11/22/eleni-foureira-pjese-e-festivalit-te-rtsh/

Biscuit02
23rd November 2019, 16:06
FiK is especially lit this year 8-)

Eleni Foureira will be a special guest:

https://lapsi.al/2019/11/22/eleni-foureira-pjese-e-festivalit-te-rtsh/

Hopefully she is going to sing Fuego xheatxheatxheat

Mainshow
3rd December 2019, 22:36
Due to the horrible earthquake, the preselection has apparently been pushed back to 22nd January, 2020.
Thus, the Albanian preselection won't be the first one this season!

Realest
3rd December 2019, 22:57
That would be a Nightmare.

Sammy
3rd December 2019, 23:15
That would be a Nightmare.

Sorry if I offend you with the following.
I'm sure you didn't mean it that way, but the fact that the nightmare for you seems to be Albania not being the first country to preselect their song rather than the reason why they are forced to reschedule, makes you look like a very shallow person. (Which I'm sure you are not!)

John1
3rd December 2019, 23:33
maybe they could go internal for once? elhaida dani did have a great entry afaik.

Mrm
4th December 2019, 01:51
Due to the horrible earthquake, the preselection has apparently been pushed back to 22nd January, 2020.
Thus, the Albanian preselection won't be the first one this season!

Wise choice..

blartashura
4th December 2019, 21:29
Due to the horrible earthquake, the preselection has apparently been pushed back to 22nd January, 2020.
Thus, the Albanian preselection won't be the first one this season!

Where's the source of your information?

There hasn't been any news about this, nor has the dates changed on the official website so I don't think they are pushing the selection dates. They have posted on instagram that the orchestra has already begun the rehearsals and they even started to promote on the radio by interviewing the artists about their songs.

The only thing that has been postponed is that "Aperi Fest" show that was supposed to start on Monday which is going to be a daily show presenting the artist and their song for the first time. I think it will start next Monday.

The earthquake has been devastating but they are trying to move on. Even Kenga Magjike is going to start tonight (1st Semi), a music contest that uses the same venue, so I don't see any reason why they would change the dates.

Mainshow
5th December 2019, 11:21
Where's the source of your information?

There hasn't been any news about this, nor has the dates changed on the official website so I don't think they are pushing the selection dates. They have posted on instagram that the orchestra has already begun the rehearsals and they even started to promote on the radio by interviewing the artists about their songs.

The only thing that has been postponed is that "Aperi Fest" show that was supposed to start on Monday which is going to be a daily show presenting the artist and their song for the first time. I think it will start next Monday.

The earthquake has been devastating but they are trying to move on. Even Kenga Magjike is going to start tonight (1st Semi), a music contest that uses the same venue, so I don't see any reason why they would change the dates.

https://eurovoix.com/2019/12/03/albania-festivali-i-kenges-to-be-delayed-until-january/

Lajme.net is their source.

Realest
5th December 2019, 13:37
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EK9ulX_W4AAC7z-?format=jpg&name=small

Btw. I just read that the Dates stays.

blartashura
5th December 2019, 21:01
https://eurovoix.com/2019/12/03/albania-festivali-i-kenges-to-be-delayed-until-january/

Lajme.net is their source.

Yeah, it's just their assumption how RTSH is going to react but there hasn't been any change so far and I don't think they will push it to January.



https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EK9ulX_W4AAC7z-?format=jpg&name=small

Btw. I just read that the Dates stays.

So Elvana has an Uptempo Song? That makes me even more excited to hear her song

anaraqueen
5th December 2019, 21:12
Elvana with uptempo xheat

Realest
5th December 2019, 21:19
Its official.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B5sMNAFgTzm/

Mainshow
6th December 2019, 01:16
Its official.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B5sMNAFgTzm/

What is official? I can't open Instagram links on my phone.

Realest
6th December 2019, 01:21
What is official? I can't open Instagram links on my phone.

The Date wont change.

BarefootBoogaloo
6th December 2019, 01:35
[Dashuri intensifies]

Loindici
6th December 2019, 02:04
Finally they did some sort of artist promo shots. I remeber how FiK 57 only used stock photos of the singers and that made me cringe a bit.

Zonne147
6th December 2019, 03:36
I think we can also expect the songs to be released in a very small amount of days. In the last few years songs were revealed by this time of the month...

Also, since RTSH feels there are conditions to do the contest, I'm happy it will take play in December.

Realest
6th December 2019, 21:21
https://s19.directupload.net/images/191206/m92cezso.jpg (https://www.directupload.net)

Mrm
6th December 2019, 21:48
FiK songs officially out December 9.

Arilena Ara revealed her song is a RnB ballad in the same vein as her hit “Nentori”, and is composed by Darko Dimitrov (Macedonia 2019)...

elanyvx
6th December 2019, 22:09
Eurovision Albania on Twitter and Instagram reveal the 3 special guests: Mahmood, Eleni Foureira and Giusy Ferreri.

Mrm
6th December 2019, 22:39
blartashura

Are Elvana Gjata and Arilena Ara popular at Kosovo too?

hunty73
6th December 2019, 22:54
Eurovision Albania on Twitter and Instagram reveal the 3 special guests: Mahmood, Eleni Foureira and Giusy Ferreri.

What an amazing guest list.Albania arent messing about this year.Look at the lineup of Fik and now superb guests.Iv managed to get the early morning shift on the monday off now so i can get madly drunk on the sunday night,have my family down as usual and have a fantastic night watching this wonderful event.When my mum died a couple of years ago,the first time i felt glad to be alive again was watching Fik.Its a very special event and rightly loved by so many ESC fans.I think this year is going to be a strong one.

blartashura
6th December 2019, 23:30
blartashura

Are Elvana Gjata and Arilena Ara popular at Kosovo too?

Both are popular, Elvana is just on a higher level of popularity.

Mrm
6th December 2019, 23:40
Both are popular, Elvana is just on a higher level of popularity.

On the other hand Arilena Ara is popular in Easterm Europe, especially Russia..she took part at many festivals there..

Mrm
6th December 2019, 23:44
blartashura

Is Fifi popular at Kosovo too?

I like Fifi's song at Kenga Magjike this year.. :)

Mrm
6th December 2019, 23:50
"Marova" is a GEM! xlove xheart


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEkLeWmHV4s

If Fifi is good live I'd like to see her at ESC! :)


hunty73

You should listen to Fifi - "Marova", I'm sure you will like it! :)

blartashura
6th December 2019, 23:53
She's from Kosovo, and yes she is popular. She is also popular as a song writer, she's had many songs written for other artists. Maybe she wrote a song for FiK this year, we'll have to see :D

Her song is great this year, it's her third consecutive year competing with amazing songs there.

Mrm
6th December 2019, 23:57
blartashura

Do you hate Serbia at ESC? :p
I'm joking! :)

blartashura
6th December 2019, 23:58
blartashura

Do you hate Serbia at ESC? :p
I'm joking! :)

Nope

Matt
7th December 2019, 08:05
Not a fan of this TBH.

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Loindici
7th December 2019, 08:39
Wait wHAT

Matt
7th December 2019, 09:23
I asked the guy for additional info, he said that they said it on TV.

RainyWoods
7th December 2019, 09:59
Not a fan of this TBH.

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Uuuuffff I don't like this at all. Festivali i kenges is a special national final and what this means is that we can most likely say goodbye to anything like Suus or Ktheju tokės winning it this year.

HayashiM
7th December 2019, 12:37
Like, only 3 people deciding the entire result? Come on guys, this must be some fake news ;)

Zonne147
7th December 2019, 13:51
Uuuuffff I don't like this at all. Festivali i kenges is a special national final and what this means is that we can most likely say goodbye to anything like Suus or Ktheju tokės winning it this year.

Completely. It was the NF where I was asking the less for crazy chances. I loved the results in most of the previous years, and now it makes them very unpredictable and the chances of a generic song that may likely flop in May increase too...

Albania is not the country who you expect to send always the same kind of song, they innovate, they are creative and they are proud on showing their language and culture to the world. Sometimes they have succeded, sometimes they didn't, but they used to be a special country from the rest in Eurovision, I don't want this to change :(

randajad
7th December 2019, 14:00
Tbh, they are sending the same genre and style since like 2014. :lol: But they are good at it, and they should not change such an iconic NF. :mad:

Loindici
7th December 2019, 14:02
Like, only 3 people deciding the entire result? Come on guys, this must be some fake news ;)

Or probably there are addition of three international juries aside of Albanian juries. Having only three international juries deciding the whole result seems too far-fetched from the festival's purpose.

Mrm
7th December 2019, 18:07
Uuuuffff I don't like this at all. Festivali i kenges is a special national final and what this means is that we can most likely say goodbye to anything like Suus or Ktheju tokės winning it this year.

Wiwi guys and Tamara Todevska probably will decide who will win.
This is unfair, this is not good old authentic FiK anymore, believe me.. :( :cry:

Mrm
7th December 2019, 18:08
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Biscuit02
7th December 2019, 22:11
I can't wait to hear the songs, let's see if Albania will continue it's streak of good songs since 2018.

opinionsigotem
8th December 2019, 15:36
Wasn't there that leak which revealed the intended winner months ago lol? Seems a bit strange people are up in arms when that piece of info already exists

Realest
8th December 2019, 20:41
22H left.

https://i.imgur.com/oFhwQPO.jpg

Btw. Eugent Bushpepa and Darko Dimitrov are among the Composers.

Citelis
8th December 2019, 21:22
Finally!

blartashura
8th December 2019, 21:35
The names of the songs, lyrics and composers have been released:

https://wiwibloggs.com/2019/12/08/albania-festivali-i-kenges-2019-song-titles-and-composers-revealed/246348/

So excited to be honest, Vera Grabocka organizing the Festival this year is slowly turning out to be the best thing that has happened to this Festival. Everything on that list seems to be very current.
Can't wait to hear tomorrow the songs, especially: Kanita, Gena, Alberie, Arilena and Elvana ( the title of the songs is in Gheg dialect which is spoken in Kosovo so I am super thrilled to hear this xheat). Robert has a song by Fifi which I am excited to hear, and Era Rusi seams to have a strong team on her song.