Over the coming weeks, sometimes more than once a day, we will bring you daily previews of the contest, spotlighting each of the songs individually in random order, where they come from, who will be performing them, and more, as well as some historical info on the contest and some of the past winners and participants.
Next up on our Song-By-Song preview is the official entry from Albania, “Mall” by Eugent Bushpepa, written by Bushpepa as well. The song is performed in Albanian. Gent, as he’s also commonly known, has been rocking out and carrying the human rights banner in his native Albania and nearby Kosovo as well, where he is also hugely popular. He too has a connection to television talent shows, but for once it’s on the other side – he was one of the celebrity advisors on “The Voice of Albania” in 2017. The song will be performed 3rd in the competition order on the first semi-final on May 8.
Another deeply heartfelt love song – the title translates to “Yearning” in English – and full of incredible emotion. The stark and heart-tugging black and white video, which accentuates the feelings of yearning through dance, helps bring this one home – it’s my favorite non-English song so far, and I’m not alone in that – the song has quite a large following, although it’s usually in the middle of the pack of most favorites videos on YouTube. Again, no song in Albanian has ever charted in America, and I doubt this would be the first…but I sure wish it would be, and perhaps an English version by the artist would help its chances here.
Albania made their debut in EuroVision in 2004, and have participated fourteen times since. Their best showing has been fifth place, which happened in 2005 with “Suus” by Rona Nishliu. They did not make the Grand Final last year, and that could very well change this year…we shall see…
Here’s the official music video – see what you think…I think it’s a masterpiece…
Join eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica each day through the finals on May 12 – be sure to check each site, because some of the features will be exclusive to just one of the sites! The daily artist and song profiles will appear on each site, with some past winners and historical info coming to TKR and PlanetBM in the next week or so as I complete my research!
We’re featuring THREE songs a day the rest of this week, FOUR songs each day this weekend, and will wrap things up with three final songs next Monday! After we’re finished with the song by song preview, it will be time for yours truly to start unleashing some historical favorites and such…
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