24
December
2017

Rock singer Eugent Bushpepa to represent Albania in Lisbon

Rock singer Eugent Bushpepa to represent Albania in Lisbon

Eugent Bushpepa

The professional jury in charge of selecting Albania’s 2018 representative has deliberated and decided that Eugent Bushpepa will be flying to Lisbon in May to represent the country in the competition.

Eugent is a present figure in the Albanian music scene and better known for his rock attempts.

During the last few days, Albania held the Festivali i Këngës 56 in order to select their 2018 representative for the Eurovision Song Contest. It all came to an end tonight. After three televised shows, the professional jury has decided that Eugent Bushpepa will be the country’s best choice for next year’s musical competition. He won with the song Mall.

It still is uncertain if Mall will be rearranged before being presented in Lisbon next year, or indeed whether another song will be chosen.

The final show, hosted by Adi Krasta in Tirana’s Palace of Congres, lasted for more than three hours as all of the 14 songs that made it into the final were performed one last time. Bushpepa was one of the last ones performing and just like a few others, the singer experienced a few sound issues but that certainly didn’t hurt his performance.

The search for the 2018 representative started out with 70 entries submitted for the event. RTSH – Albania’s official broadcaster – gathered the 22 best ones and divided those into two semi finals. This will be the first time Albania will be represented by a man since 2013 when Adrian Lulgjuraj & Bledar Sejko represented the country with Identitet.

Two years without qualifying for the finals

It was indeed time for Albania to test another formula as the country has been struggling to achieve decent results in the past years. Not only has Albania failed to qualify in the last two years but the last time the country ranked among the top 10 was back in 2012 when Rona Nishliu represented the country.

While opting out for powerful divas, Albania didn’t miss out the chance to send a powerful vocalist as Eugent’s vocal range is quite limitless. Below you can watch Eugent’s final perfomance of Mall.

Categories: Eurovisionary

24
December
2017

Albania: Eugent Bushpepa wins Festivali i Kenges 56 (updated)

Albania: Eugent Bushpepa wins Festivali i Kenges 56 (updated)

After a long night and 16 songs, we finally have a winner in Albania. The winner is Eugent Bushpepa with the song Mall. The winner from the RTSH broadcast was chosen by 100% jury vote. 

The show started at 21:00 CET and lasted up until :00 CET, and was broadcast from the Palace of Congresses in Tirana. So it was a long night for performers, hosts and jury members. This show was at a much higher standard compared to previous years. Eugent breaks tradition from previous years, as the last 2 years have been solo females, so this song could do extremely well for Albania in Lisbon.

The Results

So Eugent placed 1st, then Redon Makashi placed 2nd and Iris Neziri placed 3rd. No jury scores are available at the moment, but those are the op 3 placings from the show tonight.

The Winner

Eugent is a famous Albanian rock musician. He was born in 1894, but has not lived his whole life in Albania. He moved to Italy for several years before returning to Albania to host a talk show at Top Channel. On Top Show, he is a resident singer and covers many famous songs. To date he has no albums but 12 singles, and has won 4 top music awards in Albania. He is one of Albania’s top music stars.

Categories: ESC Daily

23
December
2017

Nine different nationalities present in San Marino’s national final

Nine different nationalities present in San Marino’s national final

San Marino has revealed the full list of participants for its national final. Eleven artists will take part, who together possess no less than nine different nationalities. Only one of the participants comes from San Marino.

Broadcaster SMRTV had previously revealed three wildcard participants. Among the eight acts now added to the list are several previous preselection participants, including Franklin Calleja and Jessika Muscat from Malta, and Judah Gavra from Israel.

San Marino ‘s national Eurovision selection participants:

  • Emma Sandström (Finland)
  • Giovanni Montalbano (Italy)
  • Irol (San Marino)
  • Camilla North (Norway)
  • Franklin C​alleja (Malta)
  • Jenifer Besky (Germany)
  • Jessika M​uscat (Malta)
  • Judah Gavra (Israel)
  • Sebastian Schmidt (Germany)
  • ​Sara de Blue (Austria)
  • Tinashe Makura (Zimbabwe)

In recent years, San Marino went for an internal selection to pick their act for Eurovision. Now they came up with a new strategy. For San Marino it is a struggle to take part at the Eurovision Song Contest each year. It makes sense, that the delegation from the microstate is looking a bit envious at the bigger countries with big productions, like Russia.

Capicchioni: “Very difficult for small countries to do Eurovision”

Towards ESCDaily, Alessandro Capicchioni, the Head of Delegation from San Marino explains the financial difficulties for a small nation to take part: “It is very difficult. When you consider that we have only a hundred employees, and how many people are working on Eurovision alone from SVT… The budget of Eurovision is also bigger than our whole tv budget. So you can understand that the numbers don’t fit the word ‘easy’”

The only way that San Marino can take part is if someone like Ralph Siegel or Serhat steps in, the delegation explained in 2016. But now they found another way to be able to take part and still cover most of the expenses. “We always look for sponsors and participate in the most economical way,” says Capicchioni. “Russia has a great production, but we can not afford that. The EBU can not help any more than giving all countries the same chances. Of course, it is a balance of power, the big countries have more to say at the table. But the EBU is able to keep all countries of Europe under one roof. A political struggle, but also something very huge in terms or organisation, also for small countries like San Marino.”

Categories: ESC Daily

23
December
2017

Albania: Eugent Bushpepa wins Festivali i Kenges 56

Albania: Eugent Bushpepa wins Festivali i Kenges 56

After a long night and 16 songs, we finally have a winner in Albania. The winner is Eugent Bushpepa with the song Mall. The winner from the RTSH broadcast was chosen by 100% jury vote. 

The show started at 21:00 CET and lasted up until :00 CET, and was broadcast from the Palace of Congresses in Tirana. So it was a long night for performers, hosts and jury members. This show was at a much higher standard compared to previous years. Eugent breaks tradition from previous years, as the last 2 years have been solo females, so this song could do extremely well for Albania in Lisbon.

The Winner

Eugent is a famous Albanian rock musician. He was born in 1894, but has not lived his whole life in Albania. He moved to Italy for several years before returning to Albania to host a talk show at Top Channel. On Top Show, he is a resident singer and covers many famous songs. To date he has no albums but 12 singles, and has won 4 top music awards in Albania. He is one of Albania’s top music stars.

Categories: ESC Daily

23
December
2017

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Eurovision Castaways, with Ellie Chalkley

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Eurovision Castaways, with Ellie Chalkley
https://ia801503.us.archive.org/0/items/escinsight_20171223_524a_castaways08/escinsight_20171223_524a_castaways08.mp3

Ellie has been sitting behind the Île de Bezençon  customs desk all summer, getting judgemental about everyone’s favourite Eurovision records, but now the tables are turned and she’s got to defend her own selections. Lisa-Jayne Lewis is temporarily wearing the customs officer’s formal hat and epaulettes, and isn’t prepared to let the records through easily…

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Eurovision Castaways, with Ellie Chalkley

The ESC Insight crew are enjoying their last few days on Île de Bezençon before National Final season starts, revelling in their favourite Eurovision related songs and stories. In the last episode of this series, Ellie finally gets her chance to have her favourite Eurovision songs assessed. Stay up to date with the Eurovision Song Contest at www.escinsight.com.

Eurovision Castaways will return in May… Keep listening to the ESC Insight podcast as the new season gathers pace for more Eurovision news, fun, and chat. You’ll find the show in iTunes, and a direct RSS feed is also available. We also have a regular email newsletter which you can sign up to here.

You can support ESC Insight this Christmas by joining our Patreon campaign. For a small monthly payment you can offer us the opportunity to increase and expand our Eurovision coverage. Just visit patreon.com/escinsight today.

Categories: ESC Insight

23
December
2017

Albania: Live blog of Festivali i Kenges 56

Albania: Live blog of Festivali i Kenges 56

The first national final of the season is already upon us. Albania select their representative for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon. Last year, Albania failed to qualify for the Grand Final, so this year, will the Albanian public and jury select a song that will gain them qualification?

The show in Albania starts at 20:45 CET (19:45 GMT), and is bring broadcast from the Palace of Congresses in Tirana. The host of the show is Adi Krasta. In total there are 8 qualifiers from Semi final 1 and 6 qualifier from semi final 2. The final result will be 100% decided by the Albanian jury. Viewers outside of Albania can watch the show live on RTSH 1. The finalists (in performance order) are as follows:

  1. Redon Makashi – Ekziston
  2. NA & Festina Mezini – Tjetër jetë
  3. Voltan Prodani – E pamundur
  4. Denisa Gjezo – Zemër ku je
  5. Tiri Gjoci – Orë e ndalur
  6. Orgesa Zaimi – Ngrije zërin
  7. Rezarta Smaja & Luiz Ejilli -Ra një yll
  8. Artemisa Mithi – E dua botën
  9. Manjola Nallbani – I njëjti qiell
  10. Inis Neziri -Piedestal
  11. Bojken Lako – Sytë e shpirtit
  12. Mariza Ikonomi – Unë
  13. Eugent Bushpepa – Mall
  14. Elton Deda – Fjalët

All songs will be sung in Albanian, with the winning song (most likely) being translated into English and remixed ready for the Eurovision Song Contest.

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20:40 CET (19:40 GMT): I hope you are all as ready as I am for the first national final of 2018. If the semi finals are anything to go by, we are in for a long show. So sit back, relax and enjoy the commentary I (Sadie) shall be providing here on ESCDaily.

Categories: ESC Daily

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