We’re into the top 20! The crème de la crème of this year’s offerings – well according to me anyway… And first up in this top group is a country that may come as a surprise that it’s come so high – Albania. Of recent years, most Albanian entries have been mediocre angst-ridden female solo ballads, sometimes attempting vocal gymnastics – and none have appealed much to me (or Eurovision voters it has turned out!) but this year Albania has chosen differently. Continue reading “Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #20 ALBANIA – Eugent Bushpepa – “Mall””
There’s been a bit of gap since we’ve had a Balkan country in the countdown (#35 with Montenegro) but we finally return with Albania. Aside from that dreadful song that came 5th in 2012, Albania haven’t made a major impact on the contest – can Lindita put Albania back on the Eurovision map?
Continue reading “Eurovision 2017 previews countdown: #25 ALBANIA – Lindita – “World””
First stop in the south east corner of Europe is Albania. A country under a brutal Communist regime for many decades, it’s still relatively unknown as a tourist destination yet is a beautiful country by all accounts of people who have visited there. Their Eurovision history is perhaps a little less beautiful… Admittedly, they haven’t been in Eurovision a long time (first entering in 2004), but it’s been a bit more of a struggle to come up with a list of 5 favourites. Still I have got a top 5 for you!
Continue reading “My top 5 songs from…Albania”
Penultimate set of videos from London! Two artists returning to Eurovision here and an Icelandic-Balkan mix for these videos. Greta Salóme for Iceland and Kaliopi came back on stage to perform her 2012 song, plus Albania as well here. Continue reading “London Eurovision Preview Party 2016 video clips part 5: Greta Salóme, Eneda Tarifa and Kaliopi”
We’re back in the Balkans for number 39 in the countdown. Having come in the top 10 in last year’s preview chart they have plummeted in this year’s one. Last year, Albania’s high placing proved inaccurate as they finished 17th in the final; does that mean that this year they are underrated?