The seventh artist featured in our “Who Is” series for the Eurovision 2018 season is Eugent Bushpepa from Albania.
At the end of December last year, Eugent Bushpepa won Albania’s national final selection show Festivali i Këngës 56, meaning he would represent Albania at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. Let’s get to know a bit more about him.
Eugent Bushpepa was born on 2nd July 1984 in Rrëshen, Albania. From a young age, Eugent began singing, and started his career in 2006 where he became a professional singer at Top Channel. Since then, he has always been on the Albanian music scene, competing in several competitions and performances throughout the years. Notably, he supported bands such as Deep Purple, and has performed with Guns N’ Roses guitarist Ron Thal.
Eugent has participated in Festivali i Këngës before in the 46th edition in 2007, in which he participated with the band Sunrise. The singer was selected to represent Albania after winning the 56th edition of Festivali i Këngës. Listen to his song “Mall” below.
Albania made their debut at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2004, the same year the televised semi final was originally introduced to the competition. Albania succeeded in their first showing with Anjeza Shahini’s “The Image of You”, sailing through the semi final in 4th place and eventually landing in a respectable 7th place at the grand final. Albania have competed in the Eurovision Song Contest every single year since their debut, making 2018 their 15th appearance. Since the success in their original attempt, they have reach the grand final a further six times. They bettered their 2004 score in 2012 with Rona Nishliu’s song “Suus” who finished the contest in fifth place with 146 Points, their first time reaching the top 5 and their best placing to date.