Albania has been one of the countries that use a televised national final to select its Eurovision representative. The country usually uses a jury to select its representative. However, it has been reported that this may change this year as televoting will see a return to the competition.
Details about televoting to be confirmed at a later date
Eurovision Albania has reported that televoting will be making a return to the competition. The last time that this was used was in FiK55, where a public vote accounted for 1/13 (or approximately 7.7%) of the result. However, RTSH is yet to confirm how this will be implemented in Fik61.
RTSH is currently taking submissions for the 61st Festivali i Këngës, with the submissions due to close on the 30th of September.
Albania’s Eurovision journey
In 2004, Albania made its debut into the Eurovision Song Contest with Anjeza Shahini with “Image of You” which managed to place 7th in the final. Since their debut, Albania has participated 18 times, and made the final 10 times, with their best result in 2012 where Rona Nishliu placed 5th with “Suus”. In 2022, Ronela Hajati represented Albania with “Sekret”. However, despite being a fan favorite, Albania did not manage to make the final, placing 12th with 58 points from both the juries and televoters.
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News Source: Eurovision Albania
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