Albania and Kosovar media is reporting that Kosovo has been invited to participate in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.
At a press conference today the Head of RTK the Kosovar national broadcaster said that they will decide this year on whether they will participate in Eurovision. Mentor Shala, Head of RTK said that:
Through co-operation we have with the RTSH (Albania), you know that many singers from Kosovo participated in Festivali i Kenges in Albania, there were also times when singers from Kosovo, through FiK went and participated in Eurovizon, we have the case of Rona Nishliu. It is not definitive, but we have been invited to participate in the Eurovision. This year will be decided whether Kosovo will be able to be a participant in Eurovision next year.
If Kosovo do participate in the Eurovision Song Contest next year they will become the fifty third country to have taken to the Eurovision stage. They would also be the first European nation to have debuted in the contest since 2008 when Azerbaijan and San Marino participated for the first time. Kosovo has participated in a Eurovision event in the past, in 2011 they participated in Eurovision Young Dancers in Oslo.
The reveal took place as Eneda Tarifa promoted her entry for Eurovision in Kosovo. She told the assembled press that she supported Kosovar participation in Eurovision. When asked whether she could win in May she said that she wouldn’t win, she instead views qualifying for the final as winning.