• Chris Hannaford

JESC 2017 | RTSH Albania Confirm They Are Opting For A National Final


Currently eleven countries so far have confirmed their participation at the Junior Eurovision. One of the latest Albania via its national broadcaster RTSH has recently confirmed that it will be joining the party in 2017 in Tiblisi. Although it was earlier thought that a singer had been chose internally, it now looks as if this is not the case, and the artist will be chosen via a Junior Song Festival.

It has been confirmed that this festival to chose its artist will take place on September 23rd 2017, where sixteen young artists will compete on the night for the honour of representing Albania.

Previous years have seen representatives sing at the Festivali i Këngës për Fëmijë, which is the junior version of the Festivali i Këngës that is used to select the representative at the main Eurovision Song Contest. Usually, the winner is chosen by a panel of music professionals, however this year details have neither confirmed nor denied this.

Songs need to be submitted by 1st September 2017, and have to range between 2.45-3 minutes in length. The song must be an original piece of music, and the artist must be able to sing.

So far the following countries have confirmed their participation:

Albania Armenia Belarus Gerorgia Ireland Italy Malta Netherlands Russia Serbia Ukraine

However, Belgium, Denmark, Latvia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom have all ruled themselves out of participating in 2017, despite sending entries previously.

Last year Albania sent Klesta Qehaja with her song, "Besoj". She ended up in 13th place when the contest was held in Malta in 2016. Check her performance out here :

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