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.
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