Eugent Bushpepa will be attending Eurovision In Concert.
Despite cancelling the other stops on his promotional tour across Europe, it has been announced by the organisers that Eugent Bushpepa will be attending Eurovision In Concert this weekend in Amsterdam.
— EurovisionInConcert (@ESCinConcert) 12 April 2018
Following his non-appearance at the London Eurovision Party last week, Albania’s participant for Lisbon, Eugent Bushpepa had cancelled the remainder of his promotional tour. Posting on Facebook the singer stated that;
We would like to let you know that, because of some technical issues, Eugent Bushpepa will not be part of the promotional tour for Eurovision 2018 in Tel Aviv, Amsterdam and Madrid even though RTSH has confirmed his attendance 2 months ago.
In the meantime the preparations for the final performance in Lisbon continue to intensify further to bring a simple and emotional performance at the Eurovision 2018 stage on the 8th of May.
Albanian media has reported that visa issues meant that Eugent was unable to attend the London Eurovision Party 2018, however this has not been confirmed by the delegation.
Eugent 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 out of 20 artists. He is a notable presence on the Albanian music scene, having competed 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.
“Mall” will be performed in the 1st semi final of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, to take place in Lisbon this May.
Source: Eurovision In Concert
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.