With only a few hours to go until Albania selects its Junior Eurovision 2023 representative, RTSH has revealed further information about its selection show ‘Junior Fest’ taking place tonight (September 22).
Six guest performers in tonight’s show
RTSH announced that the guest performers for tonight are: Arsi Bako, Erma Mici, Niki Zaimi, Luna Çausholli, Melodajn Mancaku with a special performance by Sardi Strugaj.
There will be 16 young artists competing to be Albania’s next Junior Eurovision representative. The competing artists and their entry for the competition are as follows:
|Marianxhela Rodakaj||“Afrika” (Africa)|
|Viola Gjyzeli||“Bota Ime” (My World)|
|Irisa Haxhillari||“Melodinë E Saj” (Her Melody)|
|Nikol Cabeli||“Vetëm Unë” (Only Me)|
|Amra Madani||“Rock Star”|
|Rei Bardhollari||“Hasta Manaña” (Until Tomorrow)|
|Keita Hitaj||“Eja” (Come)|
|Franceska Kasa||“Perfekte Jam” (I’m Perfect)|
|Ajshel Zykollari||“Pas Endrrës Time Eja” (Follow My Dream)|
|Elisa Skarra||“Një Përqafim” (A Hug)|
|Ea Zoga||“Lule N’zemer Tuaj” (Flowers In Your Heart)|
|Fiona Resuli||“Londroj Me Yjet” (London With The Stars)|
|Era Hasanaj||“Bisedë Me Një Yll” (Chat With A Star)|
|Biorin Maxhaxhallaku & Keira Baku||“Violin Apo Kanarin” (Violin Or Canary)|
|Anja Canaj||“E Dua Erën” (I Love The Wind)|
The final of Junior Fest 2023, will air live tonight (September 22), and will air from 20:30 Local Time from the Pyramid in Tirana, and can be seen on RTSH 1.
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 2022, when the Balkan nation was represented by Kejtlin Gjata. Her song “Pakëz Diell” was performed in Yerevan, as part of the 20th edition of the Contest. At the close of voting, Kejtlin finished in 12th place in a field of 16. In total, Albania finished with 94 points, of which 43 points came from the online vote. The remaining 51 points came from professional juries.
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News Source: RTSH
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