Eleni Foureira’s post-Eurovision tour of fire shows no sign of stopping any time soon.
On Wednesday evening the Albanian-born songstress — who became our unofficial Mother of Fire while representing Cyprus at the 2018 contest in Lisbon — put on an energetic performance in her homeland’s capital, Tirana. Sponsored by Coca-Cola, the event was a showcase of Albanian talent and included Shqipëria’s home representative Eugent Bushpepa.
The concert showcased Eleni’s energy and commitment to putting on a visual and vocal tour de force for her fans. Naturally she delivered a rousing performance of her Eurovision hit.
Tonight in Tirana Eleni @foureira nailed her vocals and choreography yet again. The evening was a celebration of Albanian artists and also included fellow #eurovision2018 act @eugentbushpepa. Watch as Eleni pops and locks and slays ??? Thank you to @khobdari for the videos ???? #eurovision #eurovisionsongcontest #elenifoureira
Eugent reprised his song “Mall” to great fanfare, and seemed to put to bed any and all controversy stemming from his comments to Albanian news site Shqiptarja.com in May.
At the time he was quoted as saying Eleni’s music was “not to his tastes”.
Whatever the risks involved from encountering Eleni’s flaming hot persona, Eugent clearly got on with her very well, judging from their selfie, and the crowd in Tirana was thrilled to embrace their homeboy and homegirl, respectively.
— wiwibloggs (@wiwibloggs) July 26, 2018
Keys to Tirana
Eleni threw it down and partied hard. And she didn’t have much time to rest, as she had a very important ceremony to attend the following day.
On Thursday Eleni booked it to city hall where she was presented with a key to the city by Tirana’s mayor, Erion Veliaj, in honour of her accomplishments. Despite the quick turnaround, she looked amazingly fierce and photo-ready.
Eleni has spoken candidly and from the heart about her love of Albania, where she was born in 1987. Her family fled to neighbouring Greece in 1994 when she was 7 amid increasing tensions that eventually led to Albania’s civil war in 1997.
In April she described how she has only fond memories of her childhood and of the many visits she has made to see her grandparents.
“To tell the truth, I have only fond memories: four siblings and a great family,” she said. “I remember beautiful years, that were pure, without cunning, without ugly pictures, and then suddenly I remember that everything has changed, we went to war with bullets, by force.”
“Of course, I go back to Albania often because my grandparents are there. They’re happy for me and proud of everything I’ve achieved.”
Eleni spoke lovingly about her formative years in Albania with our own William Lee Adams in April, just hours after her first rehearsal at Eurovision.
This diva has enough love in her heart to share it not just with the countries that have made her — Albania, where she was born; Greece where she fled; and Cyprus, which took a chance on her for Eurovision — but also with her legions of Eurovision fans from all around the world. We are here for you, Eleni.
Are you loving how Eleni continues to burn things up with her inner fire all over Europe? Are you eagerly awaiting Eleni’s next musical project? Do you think she has what it takes to build her brand in Europe and then take her music across the globe? Let us know in the comments below!
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