Kosovo couldn’t hit the Eurovision stage this year, as they’re still ineligible for the contest. That’s why Eurovision 2024 didn’t feature the fierce Kosovar beats many have long been hoping for. While Kosovo hasn’t officially competed, you might remember the many stars with Kosovar roots: Rona Nishliu (Albania 2012), Lindita Halimi (Albania 2017), and Gjon’s Tears (Switzerland 2020 and 2021) among others.

But here’s the exciting news: RTK – Kosovo’s Broadcaster – is gearing up to apply for Eurovision 2025. Since Eurovision 2024 had the fewest participating countries in a decade, with just 37, many fingers at the broadcaster are crossed for a Kosovan debut soon.

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? “I know I cannot go to Eurovision but I love you Kosovo.” ?? La Fazani has won Kosovo’s first edition of Festivali i Këngës në RTK with “Oj Kosovë.” #FiKRTK #eurovision #FiK #kosovo

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RTK will soon submit its application to the EBU

As recently stated by RTK, Kosovo is very much willing to join Eurovision in 2025. This comes just as Adrian Krasta has been re-elected as the director for Festivali i Këngës në RTK’s second edition – a show that could very well become Kosovo’s National Selection.

RTK’s commitment to the Festivali i Këngës në RTK aligns perfectly with their Eurovision ambitions. They’re optimistic that the winning song from the next festival will represent Kosovo on the international stage. The statement reads: “The board of directors and management of RTK have continuously worked on this issue, and it has been possible to secure support from many countries.” 

“There are also constant obstacles due to political reasons from some countries that do not recognize Kosovo.”

For Kosovo to participate in Eurovision, it must first become a member of the EBU. This requires Kosovo to be a member of either the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) or the Council of Europe. Due to its partial international recognition, Kosovo has not yet met these criteria. While many countries recognize Kosovo’s independence, several EBU member states, such as Spain and Serbia, do not recognize it as an independent country which makes this process more difficult.

On another note and as in 2020, the EBU has still no plans to invite Kosovo to the Eurovision Song Contest or to grant them a special invitation. 

RTK Song Festival

Festivali i Këngës në RTK” – which would serve as Kosovo’s national selection contest if it’s ever allowed to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest – first launched in October 2023. Festivali i Këngës në RTK is returning for a second edition this year.

In the same statement published by RTK, the broadcaster is buzzing with excitement over the launch of Festivali i Këngës në RTK last year. This event not only captivated the audience but also made a huge splash in their national music scene, quickly becoming Kosovo’s biggest cultural event.

“The Festival provided space for young artists who, in addition to performing at the festival, have their songs broadcaster on all RTK channels.”

“Based on our experience, the second edition of Festivali i Këngës në RTK promises to be even more spectacular, providing a platform for aspiring artists to showcase their talent and creativity in a competitive national platform.”

La Fazani with his song “Oj Kosovë” became FiKRTK’s (Festivali i Këngës në RTK) first ever winner. The energetic song talked about his love for Kosovo and its people and did also mention Eurovision. In the song we can hear him singing: “I know I cannot go to Eurovision, but I love you Kosovo.”

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Retkoceri
Retkoceri
18 days ago

People on here don‘t realize that Kosovo is a sovereign nation. Serbia will not pull out because even they themselves know that it is a fact that cannot be denied.

Vjera Brdar
Vjera Brdar
24 days ago

Maybe not in 2025 or 2026, but hey ARE coming.
Next up – Vojvidina! 😉

Vjera Brdar
Vjera Brdar
24 days ago
Reply to  Vjera Brdar

*VOJVODINA

Caspi
Caspi
27 days ago

If this happens Serbia will pull out.. and don’t expect Sapin to tag along with the idea of Kosovo joining

duxx
duxx
23 days ago
Reply to  Caspi

Spain dont care about their relations tbh.

Dida
Dida
27 days ago

I would rather prefere Kazakhstan than Kosovo to join the competition. In the past few editions of Junior Eurovision, Kazakhstan proved to be a forced to be reckoned, with good voices and great songs. Excited to see them debuting Eurovision, as well…

Poul Riisen
Poul Riisen
27 days ago

Political issues aside, we will then have another Greece – Cyprus or Ukraine – Moldova or Moldova – Romania voting patterns, exchanging 12 points with Albania. Oh, the Balkans are so complicated…

Then, why won’t the Faroe Islands also take part in the contest?

It’s the Pandora’s Box and this is why rules exist.

Again, nothing political about Kossovo. This is for the politicians and gvts to solve, not us eurofans.

Fatima
Fatima
24 days ago
Reply to  Poul Riisen

“Political Issues Aside” should replace “United by Music”

Poul Riisen
Poul Riisen
22 days ago
Reply to  Fatima

Feel free to replace it in your own version of the contest. And if you dislike the whole thing, you may cancel it for yourself and don’t watch it again. Simple as that.

Jay
Jay
27 days ago

It does not exist in its own right

Desmondo19
Desmondo19
27 days ago

Great!

Im so fab
Im so fab
28 days ago

And the sheetshow continues.

Ozzie
Ozzie
28 days ago

Pristina 2026!!!!

ANDREW BROWN
ANDREW BROWN
28 days ago

This really is a none story.

Poul Riisen
Poul Riisen
22 days ago
Reply to  ANDREW BROWN

True. They could have written a similar story for the Faroe Islands (part of the Kingdom of Denmark) that want to take part.

Ern
Ern
28 days ago

Only real countries should be allowed in Eurovision.

Ozzie
Ozzie
28 days ago
Reply to  Ern

Kosovo is a real country. Cyprus is a real country despite turkey not recognising it. They participated together for years

Andrew Tate McRae
Andrew Tate McRae
21 days ago
Reply to  Ozzie

Kosovo exists as a temporary solution before joining Albania

Héctor
Héctor
28 days ago

Yeah, I don’t think that’s happening soon. I do hope Monaco and Andorra come back. And Lietchestein makes its debut.

Fatima
Fatima
28 days ago
Reply to  Héctor

And Gibraltar

Zisk
Zisk
28 days ago

So basically, they’re not eligible so they won’t be a part.

Azuro
Azuro
28 days ago

Gain Kosovo but lose Spain and Serbia.
No thanks

Sun
Sun
28 days ago
Reply to  Azuro

Also Greece Romania and Cyprus.

MissYouMrTakeItAway
MissYouMrTakeItAway
28 days ago

That’s so exciting, as long as it doesn’t get political -we had enough this year, it’s been an exhausting Eurovision season.

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
28 days ago

really?????? after the year we just had????? :-/

Vasco
Vasco
29 days ago

I am all for aditional countries joining ESC, but this is NOT the time to bring more complicated issues to the contest! First they need to fix all the sh*t they’ve done this year, to avoid more countries leaving!!!

Thanos
Thanos
29 days ago

As a big fan of Serbia’s songs of the past 3 years where they managed to give us two avant-garde experimental entries and one great modern ballad, I am afraid they will surely get political next year and ruin their streak if Kosovo participates. Something like Breskvica is to be expected and that’s not good. Kosovo of course may also try to politicise its participation.
Anyways I think that we are used to all of this by now. Like 5miinust&Puuluup said, nothing can ever be apolitical

Natalija
Natalija
29 days ago
Reply to  Thanos

Breskvica was fine the same as Go_A was fine. She was literally singing our folk music. But we will definitely withdraw if EBU decides to accept this. It would be a direct act of disrespect towards our country’s sovereignty.

Dominic
Dominic
29 days ago

Look, I support Kosovo’s debut in theory, but I don’t want ESC 2025 to have yet another battleground of Serbia and Kosovo. Their delegations threatening each other, and either or both having a peace ballad propaganda song. If this was a normal world, and Serbia and Kosovo could handle this like adults, I would be okay with another country in the ESC. But at this point, with Armenia / Azerbaijan still bickering, Ukraine’s NF being plagued with politics, and half of everyone protesting against Israel, the last thing EBU needs is even more controversy.

Rall
Rall
29 days ago

There’s not a chance they will debut in 2025. Firstly they are not a member of the EBU nor has the EBU invited them to participate. With all the drama this year there is no way the EBU will invite Kosovo which will no doubt only add more fuel to the political fire. Maybe in ten or 20 years who knows but it’s not happening anytime soon.

vetrina
vetrina
29 days ago

Dula Peep as inaugural entry…confirmed! 😛

Johnny
Johnny
29 days ago
Reply to  vetrina

Oh i miss Wendy:((((

LUO
LUO
29 days ago

Albania Kosovo relationship is even stronger than Greece Cyprus. It’s basically the same country, with different names. Prepare for 24 points back and forth.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
29 days ago
Reply to  LUO

Kosovo was formed out of expelled albanians honestly

ete sech
ete sech
28 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

It’s always been Albanian land, much to Serbia’s dismay

Nash
Nash
27 days ago
Reply to  ete sech

During the Ottomans invasion it was Serbs who defended Kosovo, not Albanians!! Serbs, Greeks and Romanians pushed Ottomans out of Europe, and suddenly Kosovo is Albanian.
In WW2 Albania was a Nazi puppet state as well, Serbs fought against Germans and Hitler, Albania was their ally. It’s crazy to claim the land now after all those wars, where were Albanians when Kosovo needed them the most?

Darren
Darren
29 days ago

So that’s probably Serbia out next year so.

But anyway.
Best of luck Kosovo.

Jo.
Jo.
29 days ago
Reply to  Darren

i don’t think serbia would withdraw…they’ve been participating of several international events with kosovo being present…
they will complain about it for sure, but withdrawing probably not

Natalija
Natalija
29 days ago
Reply to  Jo.

Oh, we will withdraw. This would be a blatant disrespect of the sovereignty of our country. I didn’t get bombs flying over my head for this as a kid. Bye Felicia.

ete sech
ete sech
28 days ago
Reply to  Natalija

You got them because of Srebrenica, you clown

jercle
jercle
29 days ago

Happy for Kosovo but Serbia isn’t going to be happy about this. I can’t them accepting this at all.

So it already looks like next year will be even more political than this year. Great 🙁

Doris
Doris
29 days ago
Reply to  jercle

Serbia withdrawing 100% if it happens.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
29 days ago
Reply to  Doris

if they withdraw because of innocent Kosovo their debut, then let them stay away for good pls

Ern
Ern
28 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Kosovo is not “innocent.”

Doris
Doris
29 days ago

More please : Catolania, Vatican, Transnistria, Scotland, Sardinia….

Darren
Darren
29 days ago
Reply to  Doris

Palestine

Arch
Arch
29 days ago
Reply to  Doris

Lebanon. That’s the country I would really like to see @ ESC.

ete sech
ete sech
28 days ago
Reply to  Arch

They had a pretty solid and cute ballad in 2005, such a shame they didn’t go on to take part. Hope Lebanon breaks free some day from Hezbollocks yoke

Sun
Sun
28 days ago
Reply to  Doris

More please: BAVARIA CORSICA LOMBARDY / VENETO / SARDINIA FLANDERS UPPER SILESIA MORAVIA TRANSYLVANIA CYPRUS GREENLAND AND FAROE ISLANDS AZORES ISLANDS

Poul Riisen
Poul Riisen
22 days ago
Reply to  Doris

Faroe Islands. They have wanted it for years. And their music scene is not bad.

Efthymios
Efthymios
29 days ago

Korea DPR when?

Johnny
Johnny
29 days ago
Reply to  Efthymios

Their songs slaps. Imagine the budget, great leader overlooking everything, televote hacking, the drama…. GO DPRK

Ari
Ari
29 days ago

Looks like Breskvica might still make it to Eurovision. haha it’s hard to imagine Serbia not going political with Kosovo there.

NickC
NickC
29 days ago

24 points from Albania guaranteed.
And watch Serbians burn the stage.

Karl
Karl
29 days ago
Reply to  NickC

Do we really need another Greece-Cyprus situation in Eurovision?

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
29 days ago
Reply to  Karl

yes, the more bloc voting the better

Omm
Omm
29 days ago
Reply to  Karl

Super right ??

Kobe
Kobe
29 days ago

Mhmm

Karl
Karl
29 days ago

When you think this year couldn’t get any worse regarding Eurovision. A bunch of countries that regularly participate in Eurovision don’t recognize Kosovo (Serbia, Greece, Cyprus, Spain, Ukraine, Romania, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, etc)
What a sh!tshow it would be if Kosovo is allowed to participate. But then again, this is the EBU we’re talking about here, so nothing surprises me anymore.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
29 days ago
Reply to  Karl

we won’t miss Serbia, Greece, Cyprus, Spain Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia so

and Romania are no longer taking part so, their opinion doesn’t count

Basti
Basti
29 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Nicky, take your meds honey

ete sech
ete sech
28 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

It’s not mandatory to oppose all comments, you were defending Serbia just a few hours ago

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
29 days ago

Kazakhstan and Kosovo to debut next year please.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
29 days ago

things will for sure get messy since Kosovo and Albania share same name of their national selection then, FiK 😉 i wonder how albanians feel about that since the FiK rights belong to them for many decades tbh

Dukagjin Lipa for Kosovo in 2025 then pls, Dua’s daddy is basically ”George Clooney” levels of hunkiness

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
29 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

the iconic epic ”parent slays more than the child” meme

Dukagjin has potential to deliver a albania 2018 like entry i think

he is such a amazing rocker, frontman of a rockband, he and Dua founded a summer music festival either btw in Kosovo

Ari
Ari
29 days ago

It’ll probably only get more political, not less. I want more Balkan in Eurovision though so I guess that’s a start.

Jo.
Jo.
29 days ago

i was hoping for a croatian win to have montenegro, n. macedonia and maaaaybe B&h back, but in switzerland i think it might just not happen next year.
judging by the current political scene in slovakia, i’m guessing no return next year as well, even with the rumours…
so monaco is the one that might actually return…

ete sech
ete sech
28 days ago
Reply to  Jo.

They’re governed by Fico and Pellegrini, and they’re pretty popular there rn, so I don’t expect them back anytime soon. Not even if the Czechia wins.