Albania will participate in the 2020 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Albanian broadcaster RTSH has revealed that they will take part in next year’s Eurovision Song Contest in The Netherlands. The broadcaster opened its submissions window for Festivali i Këngës 58 back in May, and has now confirmed that the winner of the contest will go on to represent the country on the Eurovision stage. Since their debut in the competition in 2004, the show has been used to select the Albanian representative at the Eurovision Song Contest.
Jonida Maliqi represented Albania at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. She took the nation to the Grand Final for a second consecutive year. Performing “Ktheju tokës”, she finished 17th scoring a total of 90 points.
The Eurovision Song Contest will be brought back to the Netherlands for the 2020 edition, in either Rotterdam or Maastricht. To date, 27 countries have confirmed preliminary participation. These countries are:
- Czech Republic
- San Marino
- United Kingdom
Source: Eurovision Albania
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. 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.