Albania 2020: Arilena Ara
Photo: Ergys Zhabjaku // RTSH

Albania remains silent on Eurovision 2021 participation

While Albania's participation in Eurovision 2021 is yet to be confirmed, the country's broadcaster has announced the rules for this year's Festivali i Këngës

Usually the first country to host their national selection, Albania will most likely continue the trend but this year, Festivali i Këngës may be held without the Eurovision Song Contest in mind.

The broadcaster (RTSH) has just announced the rules for the yearly event and no word has been said about their participation on Eurovision 2021 nor about Arilena Ara (Albania 2020), the winner of last year's Festivali i Këngës.

The singer herself hasn't yet pronounced herself on the matter either but was one of the many faces to join the Eurovision Home Concerts back in May.

Submissions due on October

The Albanian broadcaster has updated their social media with the rules of this year's Festivali i Këngës. Alongside the text there was an image of Arilena Ara and many other contestants from last year's event.

The entries must be delivered on 1 or 2 October physically on Radio Tirana or via email. As for the rules, those are similar to the show's previous years. There's no mention of one of Eurovision's most important rule: a song must not be released before 1 September of that year.

A friendly reminder is that Albania joined the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2004 but Festivali i Këngës has been going on since 1962. The show will be held despite Albania's participation in Eurovision 2021.

Albania 2018: Eugent Bushpepa - "Mall"

Albania in Eurovision Song Contest

Since debuting in 2004, Albania has been participating in Eurovision Song Contest every year. Best result is a 5th place in 2012, where Rona Nishliu sang "Suus".

Albania 2018: Eugent Bushpepa - "Mall"

Out of the 16 times Albania has participated, they have qualified for the Grand final 9 times.

About the author: Pedro Santos (Portugal)

authorPedro comes from Lisbon, Portugal. He's 30 years old and graduated in journalism. He has attended Eurovision Song Contest three times live - 2018, 2019 and 2022 - and covered the show twice more (2021, 2023) but his first Eurovision memory takes him back to 2007 when Sarbel delivered his catchy "Yassou Maria" performance. Pedro's favorite Eurovision song is Albania's 2015 "I'm Alive" by Elhaida Dani which is also his favorite Eurovision edition.

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