Eugent Bushpepa Albania Mall Favourite Eurovision 2018

The Eurovision 2018 season received a much need kick-start this week when France’s Destination Eurovision 2018 ended with victory for Madame Monsieur and “Mercy”. This brought the current tally of confirmed acts and songs to two, the other being Albania’s Eugent Bushpepa with “Mall”. He earned the right to sing at Eurovision after winning Festivali i Këngës 56 in late December.

Lisbon may still be a long way off, but it only takes two to tango. And what a fierce dance it’s been!

We asked y’all to vote for your favourite Eurovision act so far, and a whooping 3,747 votes were cast in less than 24 hours.

Madame Monsieur put in a valiant effort, picking up 1,790 votes (47.77 % of all votes cast). But the Gallic duo were pipped to the post by the Balkan rocker. Eugent turned on the heat and scooped up 1,957 votes in the process (52.23% of all votes cast).

Albania: Eugent Bushpepa “Mall”

France: Madame Monsieur “Mercy”

Your Eurovision favourites on 29 January (2 acts)

  1. Albania: Eugent Bushpepa “Mall” 52.23% (1,957 votes)
  2. France: Madame Monsieur “Mercy” 47.77% (1,790 votes)

Total Votes: 3,747

Thankfully, this isn’t a battle to the death. Madame Monsieur live to fight another day. However, they’ll face even more additional adversaries. The Czech Republic’s search for its next Eurovision act later today, while Spain will pick its acts in the early hours of tomorrow morning. Afterwards, we’ll relaunch the poll to include the winning songs from both.

What do you think of the current standings? Does Albania deserve its number one placing? And perhaps more importantly, can they hold onto the much coveted top spot next time? Will the Czech Republic arrive with a bang and snatch poll position? Will Spain serve up some Eurodrama? Or could France sneak past all of them and claim the crown? Let us know below.

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Aleko
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Aleko

definitively Mall is much better then Mercy…hope Eugenti will be the winner!..

Ginny
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Ginny

Albania for me – the only one that I find different – Spain has the best chances though

Jo
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Jo

People keep underrating Albania just because it’s Albania… Same for other countries.

thespb01
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thespb01

These early polls rarely have any relevance, so calm down Mercy fans. Tamara Gachechiladze & Nicky Byrne won them, and they didn’t exactly do well.

Yellowman96
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Yellowman96

Love both songs but if I had to choose one I would choose Mall over Mercy just because of the melody.

Janro
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Janro

Would all the haters like some Chips with your salt? Jheez, everyone calm down! It’s one poll. No need to go around hating on it just because your favourite didn’t win. Come on, that’s not the spirit of Eurovision is it? 😛

AngieP
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AngieP

“Mercy” all the way!
“Mall” is really good too, so it’s a tough competition!

Albina
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Albina

Albaniaaaaaaaa – Eugent Bushpepa

Denis
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Denis

Lol a poll with two songs! For what purpose?

Nicko
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Nicko

Hahaha such a biased poll. All mercy haters voted for Albania… See you in May BITCHEZ!

Alex
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Alex

LOL. Wiwi polls always are hilarious…

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

“Mall” is a great song in its own right, and I find it genuinely difficult to choose between these two.

But please, remember that polls on this blog are never intended to be 100% serious. Remember “fun”? Fun used to be a common concept in the 20th Century. Nowadays I think it’s treated like a mental illness. Break the taboo, and have some fun! 😉

Lisandro the real winner
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Lisandro the real winner

In the reaction video you accused Christer Björkman of having a strategy by giving Mercy only 2 points. I think this idea that Mercy is a masterpiece is going too far.
Christer Björkman gave Lisandro 12 points, and I saw Lisandro as a winner too.

M_K
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M_K

Even if you preferred his song, it doesn’t make him the “real winner”. The term “real winner” should only be applied to someone who lost due to vote-rigging. This is not the case here. Please let’s not misuse the term “real winner” in Eurovision the same way that right-wing whack-a-doodle politicians do in politics.

Kris
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Kris

Real winner and robbed: should imply televote winner who lost due to juries not to jury babies who weren’t winning the televote . The people’s choice is superior to jury

desfolhada
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desfolhada

Malo-Ciao is their second choice so Lisandro can’t be the “”real winner””
bye felicia

ArmRus
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ArmRus

All “Mercy” haters voted for Albania, no matter the song is good or bad for them 😛

Mark
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Mark

How many people voted for both songs?

Beyoncé
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Beyoncé

It doesn’t matter. They cancel each other out. The percentages remain the same.

Kris
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Kris

That’s the thinking Melfest fans have and ultimately their favourite doesn’t win!!

M_K
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M_K

No, if there are people who vote for both songs it has an effect on the percentages. Let’s say there were 10 people who vote for song A and 90 people who vote for song B. So song A has 10% and song B has 90%. If now there are another 100 people who vote for both songs, song A receives 110 votes in total (which equals about 37%) while song B receives 190 votes in total (which equals about 63%). The more people vote for both songs, the closer both songs are to 50%. However, voting for both songs… Read more »

Goodnightmoon
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Goodnightmoon

Mall is good but Mercy is way better

Troy
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Troy

Wiwibloggs really needs a better comment system.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Yes, it is very year 2000. 🙂
No delete button; no edit button; random filters of posts for no obvious reason; no facility to flag comments for complaint. Moan, moan, moan.

Kris
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Kris

I’d like to report this comment for being too whiny!! But sadly I can’t!! D’oh

NickC
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NickC

I am sorry but this sounds like Donald Trump voters enthusiastically running to polls to destroy liberal , inclusive, tolerant competition.

Lady Gaga
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Lady Gaga

Lol, so ridiculous. Confirms my hypothesis in a previous posts

Beyoncé
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Beyoncé

What was your hypothesis?

Rexhep
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Rexhep

We’re so proud. Albania all the way

Aeiouan
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Aeiouan

Mercy. They’re just too adorable together on stage. They have such beautiful chemistry.

Alison
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Alison

I like them both, long may this continue! (oh wait thd Spanish selection is today…). Mercy just wins it for me though. But I am thrilled that Albania has sent something so different to the last few years.

Daniel
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Daniel

At least you can listen to “Mercy”. “Mall” is dreadful and I still fail to understand how the juries picked that crap over “Piedestal”

Kris
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Kris

Lol…. how did this happen?
When I had last checked at around 11:30 PM Mercy had 1500 votes and Mall had 500!!

Daniel
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Daniel

Albanians

Troy
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Troy

Exactly. I don’t trust this result at all.

Maclaren
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Maclaren

Looks look I need to review my geneology. I am the one who voted for Albania but has not suspected any Albanian heritage in me so far. I just like the song, I like Eugent, I like rock. I didn’t not hate Mercy, I appreciate it too even though my favorite was Igit, but Albania this year would be above quite a few countries for me personally

yup
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yup

Eugent posted the poll on his Facebook and obviously the fan flow turned the tables. He seems pretty engaged with the ESC blogs scene, which is good, since he may listen to our advice when coming up with the final version of the song.

Robyn Gallagher
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“Mall” is still my favourite. And I’m not Albanian! 😀

Maclaren
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Maclaren

Same here 🙂

Gobio
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Gobio

Same! “Mercy” is still great though.

Jo
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Jo

Idem.

Jerusalem 2019
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Jerusalem 2019

I think that it’s kinda obvious that mostly albanians voted for him. We all saw those comments from albanian users, didn’t we? I also like “Mall”, but “Mercy” is much better without a doubt.

Aeiouan
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Aeiouan

Hahaha like when they opened the poll for the Spanish songs this year and wiwibloggs became overrun with Spanish people commenting and voting like crazy

Robyn Gallagher
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Yep, Eugent promoted the poll on social media, so it’s understandable that his fans came here to vote! All artists can do this, and we encourage it – it’s great when fans of a specific artist go on to become Eurovision fans!

Kris
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Kris

What purpose does that serve?? If acts are following your blog , they should use it as a tool for feedback and serving as a barometer for the reception of their song!! The people he asked to vote for him can’t possibly vote for him in the actual contest and now the results are so skewed that the only good that could have come of the poll for him(judging where he stands) is lost too!! All of us know , his song whose final version we don’t even know will not receive more votes in an unbiased fan poll over… Read more »

Katy Perry
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Katy Perry

It serves the purpose of driving more traffic to wiwibloggs and generating more money for them.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Money? Wiwibloggs? 😮

Jo
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Jo

He didn’t ask to vote for him, he just shared the post and wrote a comment on Facebook.

Jo
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Jo

“without a doubt” lol

LezzbianPower
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LezzbianPower

I really like both songs, but Mercy is the better one in my opinion.

vis
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vis

I love both “Mercy” and “Mall” but I would go with the latter song if I should only pick one of them

Tobias
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Tobias

Remember when people were going crazy about “Sunlight” by Nicky Byrne and said it would have chances of winning? Hilarious.

LezzbianPower
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LezzbianPower

lol is this true? If so, that’s funny. Was it one of the first songs to be released that year too?

EurovisionSimon
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The second song. I really liked it when it was released, but by the Eurovision week, I was so tired of it…