Albania is coming to the party. On Thursday, Head of Delegation Kleart Duraj confirmed to Wiwibloggs that RTSH will participate in Eurovision 2021. They’re hoping to build on a good thing: Eugent Bushpepa and Jonida Maliqi have taken the Land of the Eagles to the final two years running. Spread those wings, guys!
Kleart says the broadcaster plans to choose its artist via the traditional song festival Festivali i Këngës. But these are strange times — and nobody knows how the Covid-19 pandemic will unfold and what restrictions will be in place when the contest is due to take place.
Kleart said: “Festivali i Këngës will be the national final…in the case the festival can take place, taking into account the restrictions due to the pandemic and its progress.”
Albania confirms for Eurovision 2021
Albania’s participation in Eurovision 2021 is certain, even if the circumstances surrounding its annual national selection aren’t. Producers are rightly proceeding as if the show will take place, so all their ducks — and divas — are in a row.
On August 14 RTSH officially opened the submission process, calling on songwriters and performers to submit their entries in person or by e-mail on October 1 and 2, 2020.
That means that last year’s winner Arilena Ara will not receive a free pass to Rotterdam for 2021. She’ll have to sing for her legacy like everybody else if she wants another shot at Eurovision glory.
Arilena won the last edition of Albania’s national final and was expecting to head Rotterdam last May with her song “Fall From The Sky”. Unfortunately, Eurovision 2020 was cancelled due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Which singers are you hoping to see in Albania’s traditional song festival? Are you hoping for some fierce electric guitar solos? Or are you leaning more toward those distinct, Albanian sounds? Let us know what you’re thinking in the comments box down below!