RTSH the national broadcaster of Albania has confirmed that they will be participating in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Albania will be competing in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine. The Albanian entrant for Eurovision 2017 will be selected using Festivali i Kenges. A call for songs for Festivali i Kenges 55 has been made with submissions to be handed into Radio Tirana on October 10 and 11. The final is expected during the end of December, with two semi finals being held in the week before.
2017 will mark the 14th time an Albanian participant has taken to the Eurovision Song Contest stage, having debuted in the contest in 2004. The country in 2016 was represented by Eneda Tarifa with the song “Fairytale”, she failed to make it through to the final. Albania last made it through to a Eurovision final in 2015 when “I’m Alive” by Elhaida Dani, brought the country into their first final since 2012.
To date a total of 34 countries have either confirmed their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 or has stated an interest in participating in next years contest. A number of countries are still yet to publicly state whether they will be participating they are; Georgia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Moldova, Serbia, Montenegro and San Marino. It is not yet known if Australia has been invited to participate again in 2017, while Bosnia & Herzegovina is looking unlikely to be competing next year.