Today rehearsals for the 2022 Junior Eurovision Song Contest kicked off. Countries rehearsing on Day 1 include Albania, Ukraine, Malta, Serbia, Poland, North Macedonia, and Portugal. First to rehearse today was Albania’s Kejtlin Gjata.
What did we learn about Kejtlin’s staging?
Disclaimer: Please note that the EBU has not released footage from the first rehearsals, and that the description detailed in this article is mainly based from the pictures and if available footage from the delegations themselves.
Looking through the pictures that were released from the first rehearsal, we saw Kejtlin standing in the middle of the stage wearing a pink dress. Some elements of the staging that were used in her performance include the use of the LED screen where we saw both bright and dark colours, as well as the use of the stage lights both as a spotlight to shift focus to Kejtlin, as well as throughout the stage where the whole stage has been lit.
If you are interested in seeing more pictures from Kejtlin’s first rehearsal today, you can look through them right here.
About Kejtlin Gjata
Kejtlin Gjata is 11 years old, she is from Dürres in Albania. She cites Adele, Paloma Faith and Josh Groban as musical influences. Aside from music, other hobbies include poetry, painting and spending time at the seaside. In order to get to Junior Eurovision Kejtlin competed in Albanian national final Junior Fest Albania 2022. Following on from Junior Eurovision Kejtlin would like to travel the world in the future.
Albania’s Junior Eurovision Journey
Albania first made its debut to Junior Eurovision in 2012, represented by Igzidora Gjeta, singing her song “Kam një këngë vetëm për ju”. Their first participation was not initially successful, as Albania finished 12th of 12, receiving 35 points. Albania then withdrew for two years, before returning in 2015, achieving their current best result to date. In 2015, Albania finished in fifth place with “Dambaje” by Mishela Rapo.
Albania’s most recent participation came in 2021, when the Balkan nation was represented by Anna Gebreja. Her anti-bullying song “Stand By You” was performed in Paris, as part of the 19th edition of the Contest. At the close of voting, Anna finished in 14th place in a field of 19. In total, Albania finished with 84 points, of which 39 points came from the online vote. The remaining 45 points came from professional juries.
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News Source: EBU
Photo Credit: RTSH