In December he became the very first Eurovision 2018 act to reveal his song. And today, more than three months later, Eugent Bushpepa becomes the last Eurovision 2018 act to reveal the three-minute version of his track.
The earlier version of his song lasted for more than four minutes. In cutting it down to the required three minutes the Albanian star has crated a more efficient, high-impact piece. It packs a punch more quickly and will manage to keep the attention of viewers whose minds may have strayed in the longer version. The song, which translates as “Yearning”, retains its anthemic quality. It also seems somehow lighter. The instrumentation in the opening verses comes off as more ethereal and inviting.
With 90 seconds to lose, the Albanian team have removed a verse and rearranged things a bit. The guitar isn’t as loud, so Eugent’s vocals stand out more. The chorus now starts with a quieter half before kicking into the power notes. To many this is the first Albanian revamp since “Suus” where Albania hasn’t made the song worse. Well done!
Eugent Bushpepa — “Mall” Eurovision version
Since FiK, Albania has enjoyed some of its most positive fan reviews ever, with many applauding the uplifting nature of the Albanian song and Eugent’s solid vocals. Despite being a rocker, he’s able to cut across genres and demographics.
He’s consistently won or placed near the top of our “Eurovision favourite so far” polls, building ever-more hype as fans waited for today’s release.
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, Iceland, Israel and Lithuania.
What do you think of the Eurovision revamp? Do you think it retains its power and appeal? Let us know in the comments box below.