At long last, Eurovision season is heating up! We’ve known the identities of several acts for months now, but actual songs have been very slow to materialise. However, that’s all changed as we now know two of the entries which will be performed in Lisbon next May.
They are Albania’s Eugent Bushpepa with “Mall” and France’s Madame Monsieur with “Mercy”. This means that we can start choosing favourites. Which act do you like best?
You can listen to both tracks and watch our video reactions below. Then vote in our poll. Choose wisely, you can only vote ONE time. Voting is only open for a short period. The poll closes later this evening, Sunday 28 January — just before the Czech Republic and Spain reveal their songs on Monday.
We will then relaunch the poll to include Martina Barta and Manel Navarro’s successors.
Eurovision 2018: Our top two so far
Albania: Eugent Bushpepa “Mall”
Eugent Bushpepa’s “Mall” saw off competition from 21 other songs to emerge victorious at Festivali i Këngës 56. It breaks with Albania’s fondness for sending big lunged divas with massive ballads. Following two consecutive non-qualifications, the Balkan nation will be hoping Eugent can take them back to the main show.
“Mall” proved to be overwhelmingly popular during FiK, which is all well and good. But can it actually succeed at Eurovision? Of course, that’s presuming that “Mall” actually makes the journey to Lisbon. Albania has a habit of sending songs that are virtually unrecognisable to their FiK incarnations.
France: Madame Monsieur “Mercy”
After years of internal selections, France returned to a national final format for 2018. Over the course of three weeks, 18 acts became one as Madame Monsieur emerged as the inaugural winners of Destination Eurovision. “Mercy” comfortably won the televote with its tale of immigration touching the hearts of the French public.
But will its message have the same emotional resonance with Eurovision viewers? After all, the panel of international jurors only ranked it third in Saturday’s final. Regardless, it already appears to be a firm fan favourite within the Eurovision bubble.
WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE EUROVISION 2018 ACT SO FAR? VOTE NOW!
This poll is now closed. Check back later for the results.