In the fourth episode of 'Destination Lisbon', our series counting down to the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, we get to know Eugent Bushpepa, who will represent Albania with the song 'Mall'.
On the brink of the new year Eugent Bushpepa won the 56th edition of Festivali i Këngës, the Albanian national selection for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. Two semi-finals were held ahead of a national final, which also marked the 15th time that the competition has determined the Albanian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest.
After an exciting competition, a professional jury selected Eugent Bushpepa to represent his country at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Mall, which he wrote and composed himself.
Eugent Bushpepa, who was born in 1984, started singing when he was only six years old. He describes himself as "a creative professional with extensive project experience from concept to development". Besides being so creative, he has a variety of interests, from loving art to supporting human rights. However, music is his religion.
After he finished high school, Eugent left Albania and lived in Italy for a few years. After returning to Albania in 2006 he performed in various nightclubs and pubs. In the same year, he started working for Top Channel Television as a 'resident singer' in a talk show called Top Show. 2006 was also the year in which his career truly kicked off, as he won several awards in Top Fest, a music competition organised by Top Channel in Albania.
Eugent is All Aboard, as he travelled to Lisbon to record his postcard video for the Eurovision Song Contest:
Between 2008 and 2014, Eugent received various renowned awards celebrating his talent. Besides performing in Top Show, he and his band supported several trouing rock bands like Deep Purple in 2007, Duff Mckagan (Guns N’ Roses) in 2011 and Overkill in 2014.
Watch the official video clip for Mall below:
Let's get social!
You can follow Eugent on the following social media platforms:
Eugent Bushpepa will perform Mall for Albania in the first half of the first Semi-Final of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest on the 8th of May.
What do you think of Eugent's Mall? Leave your review in the comments below!