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Lisbon LIVE: Day 1 Rehearsals – Live Blog

Bom dia! We are here! After a hectic morning (Eurovision never starts smoothly) we at #escYOUnited are in the press centre and ready to go! Today will be the first day of rehearsals from Azerbaijan, Iceland, Albania, Belgium, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Israel, Belarus, Estonia and Bulgaria and as I’m sure you agree there are already some big rehearsals so don’t …

Netherlands: Eurovision in Concert next weekend! Final list presented

This Saturday, the biggest Eurovision Song Contest pre-party will kick off! It has now been confirmed that 32 participants will be travelling to Amsterdam to meet journalists and press and entertain the fans during the concert! The concert, which this year will be celebrating its tenth year anniversary, will be held for the first time at the larger AFAS Arena …

Albania: Eugent Bushpepa releases “Mall” video

Albania’s Eugent Bushpepa has continued his promotional push towards Lisbon by releasing the long-awaited official video for his entry, “Mall”. The artsy black and white video was uploaded to the official Eurovision channel this afternoon and follows the story of the song’s meaning, with a man and woman escaping from a crowd to be with each other. The video also …

The ESC United “Expert” Panel 2018 – Albania

Before we move on to Albania, it’s time once again to wrap up the previous day’s entry. What did our lovely readers and social media think of the entry from (FYR) Macedonia? Here’s a quick selection… @febryuary (Twitter) – “Daring, eclectic, and groovy – a major bop!” r3gg13 (Forum) – “Macedonia this year sounds like a demo disc for all …

Forum: Ranking Game round 2 open now!

Are #YOU a member of our forum? If not, why not! Alongside the lively discussion with other Eurovision fans there are also lots of games and eliminations throughout the Eurovision selection season, and the second round of one of the most popular games has just kicked off – and #YOU can get involved! Simply go to the thread for our …

“Mall” and Eugent Bushpepa for Albania

We have our first song of the year! After tonight’s Festivali i Këngës, Albania decided to send Eugent Bushpepa’s anthemic “Mall” to Lisbon next May. The song picked up steam very quickly, outpacing the field in YouTube views and receiving a very strong reception from the audience. You can listen to the song below (and to all the other entrants …

Albania: Festivali i Këngës’ Performances As They Happened

20:47 CET: Good evening, everyone, and welcome to our live coverage of Festivali i Këngës, the long-running music festival which will determine the first entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018! We hope you’re as excited as we are for the show to begin. In the meantime, give Sean’s preview a read here, where you can find viewing links and …

Albania: Festivali i Këngës finalists revealed!

Tonight saw the second semi-final of Albania’s national selection take place and after a lengthy deliberation process from the Albanian jury, we at last have our 14 finalists for this year’s contest! The 14 songs that will compete tomorrow to represent Albania in next year’s Eurovision in Lisbon are; Artemisa Mithi – E dua botën Bojken Lako – Sytë e shpirtit Denisa …

Albania: First Semifinal Takes Place

The first 11 artists vying to represent Albania through longstanding music festival Festivali i Këngës performed this evening. After tomorrow evening, when the other 11 acts perform, a small cut will take place for Saturday’s final, which will determine Albania’s entrant at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. A wide variety of genres and tempos were on offer, from Bojken Lako’s …

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