Albania first participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2004, in Istanbul. It was the same year in which the Semi-Final system was introduced. Anjeza Shahini carried her nations debut hopes, and ended up delivering a very respectable 7th place in the Final.
Albania's record at a glance
2012 was Albania's most successful attempt to date. Rona Nishliu took the highly emotive ballad Suus to the top five in Baku. You can see her performance in the video below.
Albania facts and figures