Festivali i Këngës is set to be held for the 59th time later this year, with the winner representing Albania at Eurovision 2021.
The Albanian public broadcaster RTSH has announced that preparations are underway for the 59th edition of Festivali i Këngës. The Deputy Director General of RTSH, Martin Leka, held the first meeting today regarding the competition. The meeting was held with creators, musicians and songwriters who have left their mark on the contest.
Discussed at the meeting was the quality of the event and the committee that will be chosen to evaluate which songs will take to the stage later this year. The submissions window for Festivali i Këngës will open in September.
Albania is the latest nation after France to announce that they will be holding a new selection for Eurovision 2021. Arilena Ara had been selected to compete in Eurovision 2020 before the competition was cancelled. Other nations holding new selections include Estonia, Finland and Croatia.
Image Source: escXtra / Source: RTSH
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.