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Sw▲ggy J
post Dec 6 2017, 10:58 AM
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Albania

Eugent Bushpepa - Mall

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post Dec 6 2017, 11:01 AM
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Albania select their entry towards the end of this month and these are the 22 acts and songs fighting for the crown

AKULLTHYESIT – “Divorci” (Divorce)
Artemisa Mithi – “E dua botėn” (I love the world)
Bojken Lako – “Sytė e shpirtit” (The eyes of the soul)
David & Genc Tukiqi – “Tė pandarė” (Inseperable)
Denisa Gjezo – “Zemėr ku je” (Dear heart, where you are)
Elton Deda – “Fjalėt” – (Words)
Ergi Bregu-Latifllari – “Bum Bum”
Eugent Bushpepa “Mall” (Yearning)
Evans Rama – “Gjurmėt” (Traces)
Inest Neziri – “Piedestal” – (Pedestal)
LORELA – “Pritem edhe pak” (Wait a little longer)
LYNX – “Vonė” (Late)
Manjola Nallbani – “I njejti qiell” (The same sky)
Mariza Ikonomi – “Unė” (Me)
NA & Festina Mezini – “Tjetėr jetė” (Another life)
Orgesa Zaimi – “Ngrije zėrin” (Speak up)
Redon Makashi – “Ekzistoj” (I exist)
Rezarta Samja & Luis Ejlli – “Ra njė yll” (A star fell)
Stefi & Endri Prifti – “Mesazh” (Message)
Tahir Gjoci – “Orė e ndaluar” (Stopped clock)
Voltan Prodani – “Pse tė desha” (Why would I love you?)
Xhesika Polo – “Pėrjetė” (Forever)

The entries can be heard already in studio form via a playlist available on this link

If anyone has time to go through them all or if Addy can provide his insight to who might be in with a chance, do let us know what's worth listening to tongue.gif
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post Dec 6 2017, 12:05 PM
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Xhesika Polo has probably the best one of this bunch (and is conveniently three minutes long as well!) but I don't know if we really need ANOTHER dramatic rock influenced Albanian female power ballad.
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post Dec 6 2017, 04:40 PM
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Speak for yourself... Albania are my favourite eternally doomed country these days.
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post Dec 6 2017, 04:51 PM
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Ok I need to find time to listen to all of them but based on names alone they should send Manjola Nallbani wub.gif

She can slay vocals live wub.gif

Contenders:

1.Manjola Nallbani
2.Mariza Ikonomi
3.Elton Deda
4.Xhesika Polo
5.Bojken Lako

These are all veterans besides Xhesika.

And Albania will never ever win ESC with RTSH...its so old skool...they need to move to Ka nga Magjike
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post Dec 23 2017, 01:07 AM
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Xhesika Polo is out, but the rest of those contenders are among the finalists

Artemisa Mithi
Bojken Lako
Denisa Gjezo
Elton Deda
Eugent Bushpepa
Inis Neziri
Mariza Ikonomi
Manjola Nallbani
Grupi NA & Fejstina Mezini
Orgesa Zaimi
Rezarta Smaja & Luiz Ejlli
Tiri Gjoci
Redon Makashi
Voltan Prodani
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post Dec 23 2017, 12:55 PM
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Widely considered to be a battle between Eugent and Inis so it’ll be interesting to see how it plays out against the veterans!
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post Dec 23 2017, 11:23 PM
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Eugent wins, with Redon 2nd and Inis 3rd!

Would've loved Inis, but Eugent is a fantastic alternative. Something different for Albania after several female ballads and I think they have a good chance of qualifying revamp-dependent. That said I think Inis would've had a chance of qualifying too, it seemed more accessible than the likes of World and Fairytale.
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post Dec 23 2017, 11:23 PM
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Albania's HoD tweeted during Eugent's performance saying "imagine this in English and 3 minutes long" so it looks like its being translated!
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post Dec 24 2017, 04:23 AM
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This is just okay...I like the melody in verses but the chorus ruins it for me.

I just can't fully stand behind any albanian entry since Rona Nishliu and Elhaida Dani.

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post Dec 24 2017, 10:11 AM
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He has a great vocal but this is just another typically dated entry for Albania. This isn't qualifying for the final.
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I really like this! Quite an anthem and if Ryan's right about this going into English I think it'd be silly to count them out, it's uplifting already and that's just in Albanian!
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Albania's always a funny one to predict from the first announcement because of the substantial revamp and as we saw last year, a bit of a dodgy revamp can really scupper a song's potential.

As it stands it's a pretty good example of an anthemic rock ballad and there's probably a market for that somewhere.
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post Mar 12 2018, 03:26 PM
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The revamp that was planned to be revealed tonight has been postponed, possibly until the end of the week.
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The 3 minute revamp is now here:



I'd say they've done a pretty good job with this - compared to previous years anyway!! The guitar's been cut back a bit, which will take some getting used to, but on the whole I'm still liking this. Bonus points for keeping it in Albanian!


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Oh I'm quite disappointed! It feels like its lost a lot of its soul to me sad.gif

Thought this had a chance to sneak in the final in like 8th or 9th place but in that semi of death, I can't see this making it out alive anymore unfortunately, a real shame as the original is superb.
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I am so glad they kept it in Albanian.
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Ugh
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I really enjoyed that new performance but that is SO going out. It always was.
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post Mar 16 2018, 08:27 PM
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How dare they take out my guitar mad.gif

It's still good but aww, this is very doomed among the lineup. I do think if the revamp had been better it would have qualified but this is not the right direction for that.
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