Albania will confirm their participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Tbilisi, Georgia next month.
Eurovision Albania reports that RTSH will confirm their participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 next month. According to sources within the Albanian broadcaster, they are set to confirm their participation in this years contest in Tbilisi, Georgia in June. Eurovoix understands that alongside Albania, another as yet unnamed country will be competing at this years competition in Georgia.
When Albania’s confirmation of participation is confirmed, they will bring the number of countries confirmed for this years contest to nine. Already confirmed as participating are:
- Georgia – Host country
Since their debut in the contest in 2012, Albania has always held a televised selection process to select their singer and song for the competition. In the past two years Festivali i Këngës për Femije has been used to select their participant, this has been held at the end of May and the start of June, so is unlikely to be used to select their singer this year.
Last year in Malta, Albania was represented Klesta Qehaja with the song “Besoj”. She finished 13th in the final scoring a total of 38 points. Her highest points came in the form of 7 points from the Serbian jury, overall she finished 11th with the adult jury, 14th with the kids jury and 12th with the expert jury.
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Albania first debuted in the Junior Eurovision Contest in 2012, and to date have had 3 entries. The country is still yet to win the contest, and their best result was in 2015, when Mishela Rapo performed her song “Dambaje”, which scored a total of 93 points and ended on 5th place. Albania’s worst result occurred in their debut in 2012, where Igzidora Gjeta and her song “Kam Një Këngë Vetëm Për Ju” placed 12th (last) with 35 points. Albania were absent from the contest in 2013 and 2014, before returning again in 2015.