RTSH has confirmed their participation in Junior Eurovision 2017, launching a call for songs in this years national selection.

Junior Fest will be held on September 23 to select the Albanian entrant in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Tbilisi, Georgia. A total of sixteen songs will be selected by a jury from the public submissions to go into the final in Tirana. It has not been confirmed how the winner of the national final will be decided.

Those wishing to take part in the contest must meet the following rules:

  • Singers must have been born between December 1, 2003 and 20 November, 2008
  • Competing songs must be original compositions
  • Songs must not exceed 3 minutes in length or be shorter than 2 minutes and 45 seconds

Applications to take part must be submitted by September 1 to RTSH. For more details on how to take part click here.

Albania’s confirmation of participation brings the number of countries competing in this years competition to eight. In the past week Serbia has confirmed their participation, while Eurovoix.com also understands that one more country will be announcing their participation soon.

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.

Source: RTSH

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.