With less than a day to go until submissions close for the 62nd edition of Festivali i Këngës closed, further information about the upcoming edition of the competition has been revealed.
Changes to how the winner is selected and number of participants revealed
The festival’s artistic director Bojken Lako has revealed that the winner of this year’s festival will be selected via a mixture of Jury and Televote on an equal split (50% each), with this year’s festival consisting of 27 entries (14 New Artists & 13 Established Artists).
At the time of writing, RTSH is yet to confirm if the country will once again be using the selection to select Albania’s representative for Malmö, but in previous years this has been the case. If the broadcaster does proceed to use the festival, it is yet to be confirmed if the winner of the festival will go to Eurovision. Last year, RTSH implemented televoting in order to select the country’s representative, with the jury selecting the winner of the festival.
Albania’s Eurovision Journey
In 2004, Albania made their debut into the Eurovision Song Contest with Anjeza Shahini with “Image of You”, which placed 7th in the final. Since their debut, Albania has participated 19 times, and made the final 10 times, with their best result in 2012 where Rona Nishliu placed 5th with “Suus”.
In 2023, Albina Kelmendi and her family represented Albania at the Contest in Liverpool with their song “Duje”. Performing in the second semi-final, the six-piece group qualified for the final. At the close of the voting in the final, Albania finished in 22nd place with a total of 76 points. Of these, 16 points came from the juries, whilst 59 came from the televote.
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News Source: Eurovision Albania
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