Today both France and Albania began soliciting entries and performers for their respective national finals, Eurovision France, c’est vous qui décidez! and Festivali i Këngës 60.
With Barbara Pravi coming in 2nd at Eurovision 2021, and with Eurovision France, c’est vous qui décidez! being a ratings success, French national broadcaster France Télévisions opted to do it again.
🛑 L'appel à candidatures est ouvert !#EurovisionFrance
— Eurovision France 🇫🇷 (@EurovisionF2) July 5, 2021
Willing participants 16 and older from France or France’s overseas territories are welcome to submit their applications to France Télévisions HERE.
French candidates have until October 24, 2021 to apply and see if they can capture Europe’s imagination like Pravi did, or better. Pravi’s 2nd place finish with “Voila” is France’s best result since 1991, where Amina came in 2nd with “C’est le dernier qui a parlé qui a raison.”
France last won Eurovision in 1977 with Marie Myriam’s “L’oiseau et l’enfant.” Additionally, Pravi was also a co-writer of France’s Junior Eurovision 2020 winning entry “J’Imagine.”
Meanwhile, Albanian broadcaster Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH) also issued a call for candidates for its own national selection, Festivali i Këngës 60.
Popular known amongst Eurovision fans as FiKmas, due to the selection’s usual proximity to Christmas Day, the Albanian national selection is one of the more popular selections due to its idiosyncratic entries and its standing as one of Europe’s longest running music festivals.
To read more about FiKmas and its rules for submission, click HERE.
Though Albania is a cult favorite among a subset of ESC fans, the small Balkan nation has yet to win Eurovision itself.
Since their debut in 2004, Albania’s best finish is 5th place, achieved at Eurovision 2012 by Rona Nishliu’s “Suus.”
At Eurovision 2021, Albania was represented by Anxhela Peristeri’s “Karma.”
“Karma” finished 21st in the Grand Final in Rotterdam after coming in 10th in Semi-Final 2.
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