Welcome to the Who Is series for Eurovision 2021. In each article, we will take a closer look at each of the 41 artists competing at the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. First up is Anxhela Peristeri from Albania.
Anxhela Peristeri was born in Korçë, Albania on 24th March 1986. She began her singing career in 2001, where she took part in Festivali i Këngës for the first time, and also entered the Miss Albania pageant in the same year. She went on to release an album three years later and has released numerous singles throughout her career.
In 2016 she made her debut at Kënga Magjike, finishing in second place with her song “Genjështar”. A year later, she returned to the contest, placing 1st with “E Çmëndur”. Her most recent attempt was in 2019 where she finished in 3rd place.
Anxhela Peristeri was selected to represent Albania at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest after winning Festivali i Këngës last December. She will perform her song “Karma” in the second half of the second semi-final on May 20th.
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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.