Likely Televote Appeal
Likely Jury Appeal
Albania's progression in the Contest will depend on how they rejig the song to meet Eurovision's 3-minute rule.
Albania is first again to select its song for Eurovision and they begin our long betting journey to Lisbon in May.
Eugent Bushpepa won what was a 100% jury decided final with the song Mall. It’s a sumptuous, soaring power-ballad that wouldn’t sound out of place on an 80s film soundtrack. It’s also a welcome departure from the failed female ballad format. Mall isn’t particularly groundbreaking and I’m sure I’ve heard this sort of song dropped at the pre-selection stage countless times before.
Even so, Eugent’s vocals are impressive and his stubbled pretty-boy look could do well with Eurovision voters. Subject to a 3-minute version of the song, Albania really should be knocking on the door of qualification this year. Having said that, Albania are not known for good revamps and have been guilty of neutering songs in recent years. Their progression in the Contest, along with the ESCtips star rating, will depend on how they rejig the song to meet Eurovision’s 3-minute rule.
UPDATE: Song will remain in Albanian 26/12/2017
- Reliable vocals
- Relatable and voteable singer
- Uplifting, feel-good melody
- Poor qualification history
- Dated genre
- Static stage concept needs work
- 3-minute version challenging
Can Albania sneak qualification in Lisbon?