Eurovision Albania reports that RTSH will reveal the revamped version of “Mall” later this week.
RTSH has delayed the reveal of “Mall” by Eugent Bushpepa, the song had been due to be revealed this evening as part of the evening news in Albania. The revamp of the Albanian entry took place in the past few weeks with Eugent travelling to Brussels for part of the recording process.
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 won Festivali i Këngës 56 back in December 2017 and with it the honour to represent Albania on the Eurovision stage. He is a rock singer-songwriter from Rrëshen. He first sang at Festivali i Këngës in 2008 in a duet with Rovena Dilo, where they placed 12th in a field of 20. He is a notable presence 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 was recently spotted in Aveiro, Portugal where he filmed his postcard for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. He will perform Mall in the first half of the first semi-final in Lisbon on 8 May 2018.
Source: Eurovision Albania
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.