After a passport issue kept him from attending earlier events in the 2018 pre-party season, Albania’s Eugent Bushpepa was one of the artists that fans were most eager to see live. And finally last night he unleashed his powerful rock vocals on stage as he performed “Mall” at AFAS Live in Amsterdam as part of Eurovision in Concert 2018.
Before the concert, Eugent talked to wiwibloggs’ William Lee Adams and discussed the message behind his song.
He revealed that “Mall” had not been written specifically as a Festivali i Këngës entry. He had intended it as a track for his first album. But once the song won FiK56, he was faced with the challenge of trimming the song down to thee minutes but still keeping the emotion. One big change was toning down the first chorus, so it wasn’t hitting listeners too early.
The Albanian rocker also revealed that he doesn’t normally appear in music videos. He’s happiest performing live on stage, but was convinced to appear in the music video for “Mall”.
He also gave a few hints to the staging for Lisbon. With a limit of six performers, there’s no room for the sort of dancers seen in his recent performance on The Voice Kids Albania. Eugent will be joined by two backing vocalists and members of his band to keep the rock performance vibe.
Bushpepa also explained the meaning behind “Mall”, and the personal situation that inspired the lyrics. He also provided a translation of the emotional chorus, to help express the meaning of the song.
And Eugent had some kind words for wiwibloggs. He said, “I would like to thank you because of the work you are doing to promote all the artists.” Eugent, it’s a pleasure!
Eugent Bushpepa later took to the Eurovision in Concert in stage for the first pre-party performance of his Eurovision entry, “Mall”.
He revealed himself to be a confident performer and effortlessly delivered the soaring vocals of “Mall”. Even though the lyrics were in Albanian, the emotion was clear.
Bushpepa especially impressed the crowd with his high notes, serving them loud and clear and perfectly picking up the emotion of the song.
Fans were shooketh by the performance, and Twitter was soon full of tweets of praise.
DavidC516 compared the big notes in “Mall” to Kaliopi’s iconic vocals from “Crno i belo”.
Wow Eugent Bushpepa absolutely slayed his #EurovisionInConcert performance – Kaliopi note and all!
— David ???? (@DavidC516) April 15, 2018
While Escita99 could imagine no other outcome than Bushpepa taking all 10 qualifying spots in his semi-final.
Imagine this, semi final 1, The first qualifier is…ALBANIA! The arena screams. The second qualifier is…ALBANIA! Eugent Bushpepa takes all 10 qualifying spots and wins the Eurovision song contest, wigs fly to Tirana for 2019 the end xxx
— ????????????????????????? (@Escita99) April 14, 2018
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