Yesterday, Albania’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 representative Ana Kodra had some very exciting news to share with her fans. Yes, the 11-year-old will be auditioning for the 2019 series of UK reality competition Britain’s Got Talent!
From Albania to the United Kingdom
Last year, Ana won Junior Fest 2017 in order to be selected as Albania’s representative at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Tbilisi. At the contest, her performance of Don’t Touch My Tree earned her nation 67 points and 13th place! Ana returned to Albania’s Junior Eurovision selection contest this year, but Efi Gjika was victorious with Barbie.
Nevertheless, Ana is continuing her strife for success and has revealed she will be auditioning for the 2019 season of Britain’s Got Talent! As announced on her Facebook page, her audition will take place in Manchester on December 8th. We wish her the best of luck!
Following in the footsteps of other Eurovision artists…
Ana will not be the first artist from the Eurovision family to enter a British reality TV competition. Saara Aalto led the way in late 2016, finishing second on The X Factor. Next up was Junior Eurovision winner Destiny Chukunyere who reached the live semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent in May 2017. Fellow Junior Eurovision star, Zena Donnelly from Ireland, quickly followed with an appearance on The Voice Kids UK in summer 2017.
Then, back on The X Factor in late 2017, we saw both Montenegro’s Slavko Kalezić and Berget Lewis from The Netherlands reach the judges’ houses phase of the competition. Earlier this year, former UK entrant Lindsay Dracass appeared on BBC One’s All Together Now. In addition, former Maltese Junior Eurovision national finalist Amy Marie Borg took part in the live semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent 2018.
Then, the 2018 series of The X Factor has seen four Eurovision artists take part. Ireland’s Brendan Murray led the way, reaching the final six before being eliminated last weekend. Malta’s Junior Eurovision winner Gaia Cauchi reached the judges’ houses stage as part of newly-formed girl group Sweet Sense. Finally, Romania’s 2013 Eurovision representative Cezar Ouatu and former Greek Junior Eurovision national finalist Athena Manoukian both reached the Six Chair Challenge!