RTSH, the Albanian national broadcaster, has confirmed their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
The Albanian entrant for Tel Aviv will be selected through the 57th edition of Festivali i Këngës. RTSH has used the festival to select all their Eurovision entries since their debut in 2004. A call for artists interested in taking part was made in May. This is the earliest that RTSH has ever made a call for singers and songs for the competition which is normally held at the end of December. The broadcaster has not announced the deadline date for submissions.
Albania qualified for their first Eurovision Song Contest final since 2015, at this years competition in Lisbon, Portugal. Eugent Bushpepa and his song “Mall” made it through to the final and went on to finish 11th with 184 points, they received 12 points in the jury vote from Azerbaijan and 12 points from the televote in Macedonia and Italy.
Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest
Albania made their debut at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2004, the same year the televised semi final was originally introduced to the competition. Albania succeeded in their first showing with Anjeza Shahini’s “The Image of You”, sailing through the semi final in 4th place and eventually landing in a respectable 7th place at the grand final. Albania have competed in the Eurovision Song Contest every single year since their debut, making 2018 their 15th appearance. Since the success in their original attempt, they have reach the grand final a further six times. They bettered their 2004 score in 2012 with Rona Nishliu’s song “Suus” who finished the contest in fifth place with 146 Points, their first time reaching the top 5 and their best placing to date.