Fourteen blokes started the journey to become “Best male solo artist of Eurovision 2018“. And now, the results are in.

It’s the Albanian power house rocker, the one and only Eugent Bushpepa. And he won by quite a margin, taking 22% of all votes cast. In a distant second came Ukraine’s Mélovin. Czech Republic’s Mikolas Josef wasn’t far behind in third.

It is clear that people were thirsty for some serious rock n’roll. And Eugent definitely serves plenty of that with his silky smooth voice, powerful performances, charm and a mild manner. The FiK winner might have entered the pre-party game a little later than many, but his presence still managed to sweep everyone off their feet.

His rock ballad “Mall” has become somewhat of a fan favourite. And we’re not surprised. The song is both catchy and melancholic with impeccable vocals. Everything one wants from a solid rock number.

Now it is time for Eugent to fly off to Lisbon and attempt to get the rest of Europe on board. He takes to the semi-final stage on 8 May.

We know what our wiwi-readers think of Eugent, but what about the rest of Europe? Will the viewers at home be as fascinated by him as those of us in the bubble? We’re simply dying to find out!  Maybe it is time for a Balkan country to host the contest again?

Poll results: Best male solo artist at Eurovision 2018

  1. Albania: Eugent Bushpepa “Mall” 22% (1.453 votes)
  2. Ukraine: Mélovin “Under the Ladder” 12% (809 votes)
  3. Czech Republic: Mikolas Josef “Lie to Me” 10% (687 votes)
  4. Austria: César Sampson “Nobody but You” 9% (584 votes)
  5. Belarus: Alekseev “Forever” 8% (530 votes)
  6. Sweden: Benjamin Ingrosso “Dance You Off” 7% (495 votes)
  7. Netherlands: Waylon “Outlaw In´Em” 6% (427 votes)
  8. Denmark: Rasmussen “Higher Ground” 5% (359 votes)
  9. Armenia: Sevak Khanegyan “Qami” 5% (345 votes)
  10. Germany: Michael Schulte “You Let Me Walk Alone” 5% (317 votes)
  11. Ireland: Ryan O´Shaughnessy “Together” 4% (249 votes)
  12. Norway: Alexander Rybak “That´s How You Write A Song” 2% (157 votes)
  13. Montenegro: Vanja Radovanovic “Inje” 2% (142 votes)
  14. Iceland: Ari Ólafsson “Our Choice” 2% (125 votes)

Total Votes: 6,679

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Hörnchen AT
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Hörnchen AT

Eugent you are amazing!
Wish you all the best – hopefully you get a decent place in the FINAL!

No to Racism
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No to Racism

It is truly sad how people can still be racists. I understand that they are just afraid of unknown, but such childish comment-attacks against other races are extremely cowardly! I feel truly sorry for people to be surrounded by such a racist pig and bigot. Thank God there are less and less idiots like this!

Eline
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Eline

I would like to thank Eugent on behalf of all parents whose children were bullied. My son was suicidal due to bullying at school (that he kept a secret from me) and Eugent has become his motive to carry on. I took him at the Amsterdam pre-party and Eugent smiled and waved at him because he noticed that my son was verging on tears. That moment has been immortalized in the video and it has become the credo of millions of people all over Europe! Eugent has come here to touch our hearts with his voice and to save lives… Read more »

Fabian
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Fabian

While everyone else is playing dirty just for votes, Eugent is fighting against the social-ills! And what’s even more impressive, he’s doing that under a strict privacy! We should all take the hats off to his altruistic spirit, that apart from its noble deed, it chants in his heartwarming voice! #weloveeugent #stopbullying

Tobias Krieger
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As an Austrian, I solemnly call upon the Western Europe to support Albania as it has till now! Apart from purveying the highest quality in the Eurovision, Albania is the oldest surviving nation in Europe which deserves at least such symbolic cultural recognition. I understand that this may not be your radio-friendly pop tune, but the Albanian entries reflect their own cultural elements, not their mainstream electronic sound. The Eurovision’s core principle is to celebrate the unique ethnic sounds, so please be courteous and reward the Albanian efforts. Thank you / Danke schön / Merci beaucoup / Dank je /… Read more »

Johannes
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Albania is a favourite and has won every poll for a reason! The full support is here but it should be even stronger during the contest. Eugent deserves the victory and no one should be upset or afraid of it. The Western Europe functions upon fairness, therefore Eugent’s merit won’t be left unrecognized despite of the Eastern conspiracy and sabotage against him.

One Europe
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One Europe

Albania will win regardless of their destructive online agenda funded by Russia. By supporting Eugent, you support Europe! Supporting him, means supporting yourself! Thank you one and all! #OneEurope

Jonathan
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Jonathan

That’s true! All those slavs (lead by Russia) actively work against Albania and the rest of Europe, but to no success! The true Europeans support each other and this contest will show it better than ever! Supporting Albania means Supporting Europe! One for All and All for One! United We Stand!

Nertili
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Nertili

Hey guys! Don’t be fooled by some guy who pretends to love Eugent and spreads hate throughout. Eugent said him himself that ESC is the brightest moment in his career, and never had the attittude that “he was doing ESC a favor to participate”. If you think these comments are praising Eugent they are instead making people hate him for nothing, so stop them please!

Lourdes
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Lourdes

Exactly! I’ve had the same feeling too when I read those comments. It just didn’t make sense that they kept attacking even the people that support Eugent for no logical reason. I just wonder why they are doing this. Are they Albanian? Even though I’m sure it’s just one person commenting under different totally made up names and usernames. Please people don’t take those comments seriously!!!

WiwiBloggs Moderator
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@Lourdes: This is the final warning before we permanently ban you and your fellow trolls from WiwiBloggs and its social networks. You have been commenting under several fake nicknames and trolling the respected commentators in our website. We have tolerated you enough and this is your last chance to stand corrected!

Buurt
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Buurt

You said it, cop! Ban that Lourdes skank once and for all!!!

Diana (UK)
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Diana (UK)

That “Lourdes” troll is attempting to censor people in here. A ban would be truly appreciated in her case. Thank you kindly!

Lourdes
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Lourdes

And this is the troll I was talking about. And the comment below is also his. What different usernames am I using? I don’t have time to waste with childish stuff like you, troll!! You’re making a fool of yourself!!

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

@Wiwibloggs Moderator: This is offensive to all of us who spend our free time and true passion on Eurovision and this platform. To clarify: I know you’re not a real Moderator, otherwise you would have self-identified. You are no doubt one of the people who are part of an organised group trying to bring down this platform. The question I want answered is: Why?
Also, if Wiwibloggs were to shut down tomorrow, what’s in it for you?

Buurt
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Buurt

We’d free the world from trolls like you!

Barbie
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Barbie

I love Britney!!! <3 <3 <3

Gabriel
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Gabriel

LOL LOL!!! I just love the sarcastic tone of those admittedly funny comments! They are humorous but people simply don’t get them.

Lourdes
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Lourdes

I’m with you Purple Mask.It’s becoming very frustrating!!!

loveeurovision
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loveeurovision

well said!thank you for making that clear.

Marcelo
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Marcelo

So the supposed love and happiness fest for Eugent became nothing but a bunch of snobs and hipsters that are so above pop and mainstream music disliking almost every song that has came to the Contest.

It’s funny how you can go to hate from love in just a few lines. I love “Mall” and it hope it qualifies, but then to throw sh*t on almost every other song or country that has went for pop or something different than strong vocalist ballads. That’s low.

And even if we we’re back to those days, Ireland would probably win all the times.

Lourdes
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Lourdes

I agree with you completely. Some people have lost the whole point of the contest! I’ve seen mean, evil, racist comments that don’t make any sense at all! Eugent is great and amazing, but this doesn’t mean that everyone else is trash. It’s clear that some immature people fail to comprehend this.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Agreed. Whatever happened to the “friendly” aspect of the contest?
N.B. Albania is in my Top 10 this year.

Buurt
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Buurt

Unsure where do you sense that “unfriendly” vibe?! Just because the elite audience appreciates Eugent above his rivaling trolls, that does not indicate unfriendliness. I simply don’t get your problem?!

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

@Buurt: I was replying to Lourdes, who wrote that there has been “mean, evil, racist comments that don’t make any sense at all”. I think Lourdes was referring to what I have seen in the Wiwi comments, but could have also been referring to other platforms.

Buurt
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Buurt

I don’t think you should pay any kind of attention to that one. The troll has been long banned.

Lourdes
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Lourdes

Please don’t make me laugh! You’re not a moderator TROLL!

Lourdes
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Lourdes

Yes, I’m referring to the comments here on wiwi, from the same people commenting under different usernames. It’s getting soo annoying!

Just Honest!
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Just Honest!

Agreed! To them, it is not important what is trendy today or tomorrow, but what is beautiful and timeless! If all competing countries would develop such norm, Eurovision could become the most important music event in the world and not the most ill-reputed one as it has gotten. Sweden spoiled it first with cheesy pop tunes (and was rebuked by EBU), and then former commies followed the trend. However, “Festival é Kenges” and “San Remo” have maintained their integrity and standards, so I’d like to believe that there is still hope for a pan-European revival…

Marcelo
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Marcelo

Do you want it to go back to the old days with the orchestra and all that? And to Ireland to win almost every contest with their boring ballads? And to say Sweden spoiled the contest it’s absurd considering they brought the more successful act that have participated in Eurovision and “Waterloo” was a pop song.

P.S. I still like Eugent and I do hope he qualifies. Maybe if Juries push it. Fingers crossed.

Buurt
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Buurt

Why is the U.S. Music Industry the most powerful one in the world? Because they use 100% live sound! There’s no way for any festival or concert there to be played with just a pre-recorded instrumental and some squeaky live vocals as it happens in the Eurovision! Such stuff is typical for lowbrow shows like “X-Factor” because even “The Voice” uses 100% live sound, including orchestra. In short: Eurovision – as it is today – is a mocking parody of the true cultural values of Europe, thanks to slavic and caucasian junk in it. Only Albania, Italy, and Portugal stood… Read more »

Jo.
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Jo.

Yasss, Eugent here again!!!

Alex
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Alex

Tirana 2019!

Lourdes
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Lourdes

He deserves it! He’s the best performer and vocalist of this year and also a very kind and humble artist. I wish him all the best in Lisbon and he’s for sure gonna rock and give a wonderful show despite the result!

p.s: I really wished that the new website would have a filter for trolls! They’re becoming very annoying.

The Berkshire Toff
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The Berkshire Toff

Actually, humbleness is not his best trait. Eugent is ABOVE EVERYONE in this contest, and yet, he maintains a low-profile that trolls don’t even appreciate. Idiots mistake kindness for weakness, fine lass! The guy was blessed with superiority and he should hold on to it!

Lourdes
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Lourdes

What?

Evergreen
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Evergreen

I understand Lourdes’ concern about those bold statements but I would like to assure her that they do not negatively affect Eugent’s success in this competition. He certainly does not need any troll votes because he enjoys the full support of the Eurovision’s Elite & Senior Audience. It is WE who make the rules, not the trolls. Their vote and opinion does not count in the end. Eurovision keeps them around as cheerleaders, not as decision makers!

Clément
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Clément

Well deserved. I voted him.
Eugent is too good for Eurovision.

Evergreen
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Evergreen

I feel honoured but also shocked that a rock artist of his magnitude has decided to participate in this pop carnival! Eugene has collaborated with legendary bands such as Deep Purple and Guns N’Roses, and now he is competing among shameful acts such as Melovin and Mikolas for instance! Apparently, he just wants to win the Eurovision for Albania and this is an easy task for him.

Josh
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Josh

These both shameful acts gonna be much higher than buspepa with won’t even qualify 😀

Evergreen
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Evergreen

Eugent has the elite audience behind him! We are here to prove to all those troll-acts that the Eurovision is restoring its pride and that it is no longer their circus trampoline as it has been for the past fifteen years now. Time to make Eurovision a junk-free-contest that not only Europe but the whole world will be proud of!

loveeurovision
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loveeurovision

dont you think you are overreacting a bit?maybe we should tell everyone to quit and leave Eugent to sing all the songs alone!

António
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António

About 99.9% of the competing entries since 2003 onwards, have been nothing but a disgrace to the European cultural values! Only Albania has maintained the pride (Italy ruined it in 2017) and it is the right time for it to win. Eurovision has long become unwatchable due to slavic, greek and caucasian junk, but it will get back on track.

Just Honest!
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Just Honest!

Completely agree! All countries in this contest have had their troll-moments except for Albania. It is obvious that Albanians take Eurovision seriously and do not play by today’s or tomorrow’s trends. To them, it is not important what’s trendy but what is timeless!

Marcelo
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Marcelo

Can “Suus” be considered a troll moment?

Lourdes
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Lourdes

Don’t believe these comments. I’ve been arguing back and forth with this troll in other articles, but it’s pointless. It’s the same person who talks to himself under different usernames and profiles ( same style of writing everywhere), and I think he’s just pretending to support Eugent by faking this snob and elitarian attitude, just to throw shade at him.

Daniel
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“Suus” is the most legendary operatic oeuvre to have ever graced the Eurovision’s stage! With due respect, but your comment is pathetic.

Marcelo
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Marcelo

Funny how you believe that Albania is the only country that maintains their heritage and European essence when they revamp almost all their Albanian entries into English. And other than “Suus”, the Euro-pop “I’m Alive” brought Albania their best result since 2012. And that song didnt even competed in FiK!

Also, funny how you consider all other countries’ music to not represent Europe or European essence, when we just had the victories of Jamala with a song with Crimean Tatar lyrics and Sobral with a ballad in Portuguese.

Buurt
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Buurt

Language has NOTHING to do with his point! We are talking about the music quality here, not languages and outfits. Also, “I Am Alive” is Albania’s lowest rated final-entry to date. Why? Because her song was changed – it was not the original one that win “Festivali Kengees”.

Lourdes
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Lourdes

The original one that won FiK wouldn’t even make it to the final.

Martha
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Elhaida’s voice would have won-us-over with any song! “I’m Alive” was amazing but “Diell” was astonishing! Wish she could sang both 🙂

emma
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emma

I voted for Mélovin & Eugent. So glad to see them both in top 3.

loveeurovision
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loveeurovision

nice vocals,forgettable song

Jonathan B
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Jonathan B

I belong to the Eurovision’s senior audience (+30) and of course that my vote went to Eugent. He has no competitors in this lackluster edition comprising of lame Justin Bieber wannabes that even my seven-years-old daughter dislikes!

Hada
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Hada

As a 30 year old, am I a senior already? 🙁

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

We are Owllld… Ohh-oh-oh ohh-oh-oh ollld! 🙂

Evergreen
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Evergreen

+30 means thirty to forty five years old. It is not limited to “30” as such.

Rimig
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Rimig

So, as I am 43, if someone asks about my age I could simply answer that I’m 30+? That sounds nice! 🙂

Buurt
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Buurt

Technically, yes. Well, unless your face has turned into a prune, of course.

Kela
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Kela

Genti <3

Diana (UK)
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Diana (UK)

That’s how you win the Eurovision – no cheesy pop, no cheap PR, no stunts, no fireworks, no gimmicks, no fuss, no muss, just talent! I am already making plans for Albania 2019.

Simon
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Simon

i voted for Eugent and Mélovin as best male vocalists this year and i\m glad they make it, amazing artists:)

Joel
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Joel

Albania is the winner of Eurovision 2018! Let the hate flow!!!

Asci
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Asci

Wow. That’s… unexpected. Most people I know don’t like the song and it’s not exactly doing great in Youtube tops/views and basically everywhere except… Wiwibloggs polls? Congrats, though! it’s a cute song.

navsegda
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navsegda

not only here though, he won the chatvote not that long ago for example

Joel
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Joel

He won the “Best Rock Act”, “Best Male Soloist” and “Best Pre-Party Act”. The guy is internationally famous and some trolls in here want Ukrainian X-Factor rejects to surpass him, lol. Wake the f*ck up!!!

Dolan
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Dolan

@Asci: I am truly sorry that your Melovin lost again! Losers are meant to lose! Meanwhile, the Albanian King has won all polls till now and will win the Eurovision in May 12!

Roy Moreno
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Roy Moreno

Keep dreaming… He barely has a chance to qualify

Joel
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Joel

He’s a TOP favourite among the juries, loser! Why don’t you kill yourself before he wins, so you’ll put an end to your misery earlier?

Aaron
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Aaron

The was uncalled for.

NKG
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NKG

He deserves it, he is a wonderful vocalist and artist.

george bonev
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george bonev

He is one of my favorites . Can’t wait to hear him live in Lisbon!

Philip
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Philip

Great singer, boring song

Malin
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Malin

Out of topic, ABBA has reacently been working whith two new songs.

https://youtu.be/OlWX00ID86M

ANTI SPAM
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ANTI SPAM

DO NOT SPAM!

Malin
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Malin

Sorry, was wrong link. Did something wrong. ABBA have two new songs accoring to thier manager. They started in the studio at the end of last sommer.

Malin
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Dowy
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Dowy

That’s right, haters! Alba won again!

Malin
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Malin

Alekseev was my favorite.
Good luck from Sweden