Albania in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest

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Member stationRadio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH)
National selection events
Participation summary
First appearance2012
Last appearance2019
Best result5th: 2015
External links
Albania's page at
Song contest current event.png For the most recent participation see
Albania in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2019

The participation of Albania in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest first began in Amsterdam, Netherlands, at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2012. Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH) a member organisation of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) have been responsible for the selection process of their participants, since their debut in 2012. The first representative to participate for the nation at the 2012 contest was Igzidora Gjeta with the song "Kam një këngë vetëm për ju", which finished in twelfth place out of twelve participating entries, achieving a score of thirty-five points. There has only been two absences from the competition, the first being in 2013 and the second in 2014. Albania returned to the contest in 2015, when Mishela Rapo represented them with the song "Dambaje", achieving ninety-three points and finishing in fifth place out of seventeen participating countries. On 1 June 2016, Klesta Qehaja won the Festivali i Këngës për Femije with the song "Besoj", earning the right to represent Albania at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016, in Valletta, Malta. She received thirty-eight points and therefore finished thirteenth out of seventeen participating countries.


Mishela Rapo performing at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015, in Sofia, Bulgaria

In 2005, Albanian broadcaster Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH) broadcast that year’s contest in Hasselt. On 14 August 2012, the Albanian national broadcaster, Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH), announced that they would be making their Junior Eurovision debut at the 2012 contest in Amsterdam, Netherlands on 1 December 2012.[1] The mechanism used at the time in order to select their representative was a national pre-selection show entitled Junior Fest Albania 2012.[2] Child-singer, Igzidora Gjeta, was the first participant to represent Albania with the song "Kam një këngë vetëm për ju",[3] which finished in twelfth place achieving a score of thirty-five points. This was Albania's worst result in their contest history.[4]

On 27 September 2013, RTSH announced that their withdrawal from the 2013 contest, with the EBU stating that the withdrawal was due to financial and organisation issues.[5] Albania continued to be absent from the contest in 2014,[6] and it was not until 13 March 2015 that RTSH announced their return to the competition.[7] The national selection show which was organised in order to select the 2015 participant was entitled Festivali i Këngës për Femije, at which Mishela Rapo won the right to represented Albania in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015, with the song "Dambaje".[8] At the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015, Rapo finished in fifth place achieving ninety-three points, and their best result to date.[9]


Table key
Last place
Year Artist Song Language Place Points
Igzidora Gjeta "Kam një këngë vetëm për ju" Albanian 12 ◁ 35
Mishela Rapo "Dambaje" Albanian, English, Imaginary 5 93
Klesta Qehaja "Besoj" Albanian, English 13 38
Ana Kodra "Don't Touch My Tree" Albanian, English 13 67
Efi Gjika "Barbie" Albanian, English 17 44
Isea Çili "Mikja ime fëmijëri" Albanian 17 36


Commentators and spokespersons[edit]

The contests are broadcast online worldwide through the official Junior Eurovision Song Contest website and YouTube. In 2015, the online broadcasts featured commentary in English by editor Luke Fisher and 2011 Bulgarian Junior Eurovision Song Contest entrant Ivan Ivanov.[10] The Albanian broadcaster, RTSH, sent their own commentator to each contest in order to provide commentary in the Albanian language. Spokespersons were also chosen by the national broadcaster in order to announce the awarding points from Albania. The table below list the details of each commentator and spokesperson since 2012.

Year Commentator Spokesperson Ref.
2005 Unknown Did not participate
20062011 No broadcast
2012 Andri Xhahu Keida Dervishi
20132014 No broadcast Did not participate
2015 Andri Xhahu Majda Bejzade
2016 Juna Dizdari
2017 Sabjana Rizvanu
2018 Daniil Lazuko
2019 TBA Efi Gjika
2020 No broadcast Did not participate

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Escudero, Victor M. (4 October 2012). "Tonight: Albania picks their first ever Junior entry!". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  3. ^ Siim, Jarmo (10 October 2012). "Igzadora Gjeta going for Albania". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2012 Scoreboard". European Broadcasting Union. 1 December 2012. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  5. ^ Nuhiu, Rinor (27 September 2013). "Albania RTSH withdraws from Junior Eurovision". ESC Chat. Archived from the original on 21 December 2016. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Participants". European Broadcasting Union. 15 November 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  7. ^ Granger, Anthony (13 March 2015). "Albania: Return To Junior Eurovision". Eurovoix. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  8. ^ Ko, Anthony (28 May 2015). "Mishela Rapo will represent Albania at JESC 2015 in Bulgaria". Wiwibloggs. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  9. ^ "Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015 Scoreboard". European Broadcasting Union. 21 November 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  10. ^ Fisher, Luke James (21 November 2015). "Tonight: Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015!". Junior Eurovision Song Contest – Bulgaria 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  11. ^ Mikheev, Andy (23 November 2012). "Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2012". ESC Kaz. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  12. ^ Lako, Niko (19 November 2015). "Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015 Finalja e 21 Nëntorit në RTSH në komentin e Andri Xhahu" [Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015 Final on November 21 commentated by Andri Xhahu]. (in Albanian). Infomedia Albania. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  13. ^ Juhász, Ervin (21 November 2019). "Meet the spokespersons of tonight's Grand Final!". EBU. Archived from the original on 22 November 2015. Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  14. ^ Kasaj, Justin (20 November 2016). "Zbuloni fituesen e Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016" [Discover the winner of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016]. (in Albanian). Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  15. ^ Granger, Anthony (19 November 2016). "JESC'16: All Seventeen Spokespersons Announced". Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  16. ^ Farren, Neil (24 November 2017). "Albania: Commentator and Spokesperson Revealed". Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  17. ^ Granger, Anthony (24 November 2018). "Albania: Andri Xhahu To Commentate on Junior Eurovision 2018". Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  18. ^ Granger, Anthony (25 November 2018). "Junior Eurovision 2018 - Who Are The Spokespersons?". Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  19. ^ Granger, Anthony (17 November 2019). "Albania: Efi Gjika Announced as Spokesperson".