He recently gave his Eurovision 2018 song “Mall” the artistic treatment in his official music video.

And on Friday evening Albania’s Eugent Bushpepa proved he can serve artistry just as well live with a stunning performance of his revamped song on Top Channel’s The Voice Kids.

As in his music video, Eugent works with a talented troupe of dancers. In the opening bars we see his face — replete with his iconic bowler hat — and a series of arms that appear to be covered in glow paint, which match the many green glow sticks in the audience.

The dancers soon disperse, leaving Eugent performing with his band. And what a performance. Eugent gives the revamped studio cut extra life with his stellar voice that’s at once rocky, smokey, gravely and somehow mainstream. From low notes to borderline falsetto, he stays in tune while dropping plenty of emotion.

Albania, which has frequently struggled to translate quality entries from the FiK stage to Eurovision, seems to be on the right track here. The tasteful music video gave us hope for their vision and this performance continues the trend.

Official music video — “Mall”

Just a few days ago Eugent revealed the videoclip of “Mall”, which captures a sense of longing and nostalgia through black-and-white imagery.

It’s unclear whether the Eurovision stage show will mirror the music video in any way, though Eugent has made it known that he will share the stage with his band and two female backing singers. He added that it’s still too early to decide 100% on the staging.

Albania will compete in Semi-Final 1 — the so-called semi-final of death — on May 8. He performs in the first half of the semi, alongside the likes of Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, and Israel.

What do you think of Eugent’s live performance of the “Mall” revamp? Let us know in the comments box below.

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beccaboo1212
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Tirana 2019! 😀

Anita
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Anita

@wiwibloggs – When you are writing 10 facts about Eugent Bushpepa – don’t forget to mention for a fun factor his spontaneous imitation of Suus in this talk show: at 17:10 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2Kkg1fOm5g

Zebb
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Zebb

Gladly it comes well in live like this.

Jo
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Jo

The juries are my only worry, they repeal diversity.
Last year they gave -100 to Hungary in the second semifinal, compared to the televoting score. In the final, they drag them down 10 positions and deducted more than 100 points as well. For me it’s over, cancel that horrid squad of unprofessionals.

Anita
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Anita

Yes and with Australia and Schweden the juryvotes did it the other way round last year – televotes were considerably worse for both songs 🙁

Lourdes
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Lourdes

Half of the views on this new live version are mine 😛 I knew he was amazing, but I still can’t believe his voice is real. I didn’t think there were voices like Ian Gillan’s anymore, but here we have this Albanian singer, whose voice and song have become my obsession since December. Thank you Albania for choosing him! Everyone is going to work on stagings and performances to provide that ‘wow factor’ in the semifinal, while his ‘wow factor’ is his voice alone! And he is a true musician, having written and composed his own song from the heart!… Read more »

Anita
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Anita

You said it all. My thoughts and feelings put in words! Thanks.

blondboybc
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blondboybc

He just slays live! Albania is so underrated this year. Watch out, Lisbon!Has been and remains in my top 3! Thanks, Wiwi for posting this!?

Victoria
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Victoria

Best Albanian ESC song to date. He is amazing, one of the best this year.

Mari(o)Vision
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Mari(o)Vision

This is the best Albanian entry since their debut. I hope he makes it to the top 5, they deserve it way more than they did in 2012.

blondboybc
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blondboybc

Totally agree!

Mr. Scott
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Mr. Scott

Remove the hat and the dancers and go straight to the final! Good luck!

Jo
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Jo

Keep the hat!

Anita
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Anita

Remove the hat 😉

yayay
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yayay

Yes, remove the hat, show your tattoos and everything is Perfect.

Maclaren
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Maclaren

Voting for the hat and tattoos

Penelope
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I loved every single second of this performance! He is a true legend! He was in top 10, but after hearing this , it moved to top.

Hales
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Hales

Actually his microphone didn’t work in the end.
https://youtu.be/aqifn5OpbCs

Lourdes
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Lourdes

Why do you think so? Or are you worried the mic broke in the end because of his stellar voice? It looks perfectly fine to me.

Hales
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Hales

Just watch THIS video. ??

Maclaren
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Maclaren

I am so excited that I will be listening to him live in Lisbon on May 8th!! Love those high notes at the end, and his new style and hat, and him overall

Roy Moreno
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Roy Moreno

Most likely best male vocalist this year!
Copy that to Lisbon with better camera angles and Eugent might even qualify
Albania still has a chance of qualifying!

Anita
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Anita

Only if the lovers vote on 8th of May!

Jack
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Jack

Pure vocals,great song and instrumentation. GO EUGENT U GONNA SLAAAAAAY!

Jo
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Jo

I wish he had competed last year just to slap those kids with their amateurish vocals. And we had quite a lot of them, hope that doesn’t repeat this year.

Thanos.karidakis
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Thanos.karidakis

Please qualify Albania!!!!!

Anita
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Anita

It can only qualify if you vote on 8th of May in Lisbon for it. Only voting counts (I don’t like that you are only allowed o vote for one of the two semifinals – this rule needs to go).

Anita
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Anita

Only 4 days until his next performance in London!
It’s great that we have wiwibloggs who let us participate with their wonderful work! I can’t wait for all the stuff from London. <3

Anita
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Anita

Eugent just slays live! Great performance.

LoveWave
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LoveWave

I am sorry guys, this is playback. Because the real voice /sound of studio version is different from live version – even if a singer has strong vocals, he would sound different from studio version. I have no doubt he can sing better, but this is not live.

Fermín
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Fermín

Come on, I don’t know if you have watch the whole video and the oficial videoclip, but It can’t be playback, in this performance eugent has improvised with really high pitched notes that don’t appear in the official track. Can’t we just recognize he is a stunning vocalist?

Matt
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Matt

Just let them wait for the semi, fermin… that day some people are gonna learn what a stunning vocalist really is

Anita
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Anita

Just leave these denigrators without recognition (attention is all they want – so don’t give it)

Jack
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Jack

CLEAN UR EARS!!!

Lourdes
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Lourdes

Haha, are you in denial that he can be that good? There’s no doubt he’s singing live, cause no one sings on playback at The Voice, and also his live version has clear differences from the studio one, so please pay more attention!

Berki
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Berki

LOL!
Hi is a professional singer.
You can’t find anything wrong on him.
EUROPE LOVE EUGENT !

Esc2018
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Esc2018

If all the people that say they’re sorry this won’t qualify for sure, vote for him instead of making pitty assumptions, than he 100% will qualify!!
Eugent is one of my few favourites in a semi filled with trashy, totally non sense pop fan favourites ( monsters and chickens) and I’m definitely voting for him no matter the result! I also love Belgium, Estonia, Bulgaria and The Netherlands from semi 2 , and Italy, Portugal in the final
The rest is just meh…

Tibor
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Tibor

Unfortunately, not all people can vote for him, though. What I can (and will) do, is sit through semi 1, bite my nails and hope for the best.

Ana
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Ana

Same. I’m from Poland (semi 2) and I can only keep my fingers crossed for Eugent. Which is not fair, but what to do!

Jack
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Jack

Such wise words! One of the most well said comment ive ever read lately. Vote for Eugent and real music will win!

Lourdes
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Lourdes

Well said!

M_K
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M_K

I think this is the kind of song that looks best with a very simple staging that is build entirely around the singer’s charisma. So, Albania might as well save the money and let those dancers stay at home. 😉

Lourdes
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Lourdes

He said in an interview that there aren’t gonna be any dancers. Only him and his band and 2 backvocalists ( No more than 6 ppl are allowed on Eurovision stage)

M_K
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M_K

Great. 🙂

Anita
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Anita

That’s a rule I am really glad about.

M_K
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M_K

Well, I don’t like it if the backing vocalists are hidden. They do part of the job so they should be given credit (just my opinion).

HG
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HG

One word: T A L E N T.

I kinda hate how I know this isn’t going to qualify though, there are just too many good songs and fan favorites in the first semi final.

Lourdes
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Lourdes

IMO, objectively speaking, this song is miles away in terms of quality from : Iceland, Ireland, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Croatia, Switzerland, Belarus, Cyprus, Finland and Czechia, to name some. So if people pay attention to the quality it brings and they vote for it, it will totally qualify.

BE FAIR!!!!!
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BE FAIR!!!!!

If a competition is about talent which means a full PACKAGE that the squad must present like performance,good song and instrumentation,VOCALS why shouldn’t Eugent qualify? It has everything to. Be fair and vote for that full package,not for the country singers are from.If this happens Eugent must be AT LEAST part of the final.

L'oiseau
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Wow! That was really good! Although this is not the kind of music I normally listen too, this really has a wow-factor. Hope in Lisbon he will keep up this level. Great job

ImpressiveInstants
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ImpressiveInstants

This is AMAZING.

Aaah
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Aaah

Oh can he please do that high note at Eurovision!!
Interestingly (it probably isn’t that interesting) he hit an A5, which is the same pitch that Elhaida Dani hit at Eurovision back in 2015. Clearly Albania love their A5s…

Y tho?
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Y tho?

Yet somehow, some random chicken noises filled with gender hate is considered better than this…
The world is full of mysteries.

Mara
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Mara

chicken noises LOL
agree 100%

Martina
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Martina

I agree so bad.

L'oiseau
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LOL. Have also to agree on the chicken noise.

Anita
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Anita

I would be so happy if I could read just once only comments about the topic and the song of the topic. Why don’t you leave your boring (chicken-blabla) derogatory remarks about other songs in the poll articles.
@wiwibloggs – I recommend a section where people can leave there derogatory comments about any song – maybe this highly repetetive annoying comments will stop than, or people can just refer to themselfs like: read my derogatory comment about XXX in the derogatory section 😉

Kris
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Kris

It seemed entirely on playback or the editing was very off but he can definitely sing live

Slayedd
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Slayedd

It wasn’t, there was a vid they posted of it from the audience in the arena

Slayedd
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Slayedd

It was on their Instagram story. He just is that good lol

Lourdes
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Lourdes

No playback! His live performances are always better than the studio versions ( The very high notes he sang live are not in the studio version at all)! Absolutely the best singer of this year’s contest and his song is a gem! I hope it will get the recognition it deserves!

Kris
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Kris

I said his lip movements and the sound playing don’t match…look at the video…..I’m not commenting on vocals at all

Dnandj sjs s
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Dnandj sjs s

It’s not playback, because like I said they posted an Instagram live from the audience live in the arena while the show was happening and it was the exact same (the crowd was cheering a lot too)

Kris
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Kris

Read my comment man and try to understand it

Lourdes
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Lourdes

I understand what you’re saying, but I don’t see where the lips and audio are not in sync, and I’ve watched it several times.

Y tho?
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Y tho?

Lol you will be surprised in May 😉

Kris
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Kris

Why he will have bad live vocals in may or what? Cause I literally said he can sing live so only way I’m surprised is if he can’t

Y tho?
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Y tho?

Nope, I’m talking about ur playbacky thingy. The only entry in this year’s ESC that will be sung (partially) on playback is some random chicken…

Jeff Messer
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Jeff Messer

That was amazing!!! This song was maybe around 35th in my top by I can safely say this will be in my top 26. His voice is amazing and really brought this song home for me. Good look Albania in Lisbon!!!