Eugent Bushpepa has traveled to Aveiro to film his postcard for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
Albania’s Eurovision 2018 participant, Eugent Bushpepa has been the latest singer to travel to Portugal to film their postcard. The clip sees Eugent travel to Aveiro and go on a traditional moliceiro down the Ria de Aveiro. He also visits fisherman’s houses, warehouses, the salt flats of Aveiro and the historical buildings in the city.
Eugent stated about the city that;
Aveiro is a very warm and friendly city. I was amazed by the colors, the architecture, the nature and the combination of all these elements. I was inspired with such simplicity and diversity!
Eugent has stated that he wants to keep the lyrics of the song in Albanian as they fit with the melody. The last time that a song in Albanian represented Albania at the Eurovision Song Contest was in 2013, when Adrian Lulgjuraj & Bledar Sejko performed Identitet in Malmo, they failed to qualify for the final.
Eugent, 33, is a rock singer-songwriter from Rrëshen, Albania. He first sang at Festivali i Këngës in 2008 in a duet with Rovena Dilo, where they placed 12th in a field of 20.
Source: ESC Portugal
Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.