Best of the Bunch: Junior vs Senior – Albania

Our Best of the Bunch series continues, but this time, we’re crossing over between the two main formats of Eurovision, the Eurovision Song Contest and the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The concept is simple, we take the Eurovision and Junior Eurovision entries of a certain year and put them up against each other in a poll to find out which is your Best of the Bunch! Our focus will be between 2016 and 2018, so let’s find out who you think is the Best of the Bunch!

2016

Eurovision:

Albania can be hit or miss when it comes to Eurovision, and with a qualification the year prior, the pressure was on to continue the success. Through a national selection, Eneda Tarifa was selected to represent the nation with the song Përrallë, which eventually turned into Fairytale with a language change. Despite strong vocals, the overall performance didn’t capture the hearts or votes it needed to qualify, finishing in 16th place in the semi-final.

Junior Eurovision:

Albania were still a relatively new nation to Junior Eurovision by the 2016 contest, but after a Top 5 finish the year prior, Albania were on a path to success. Klesta Qehaja was chosen to represent Albania with the ballad Besoj, and just like her adult counterparts, vocals were a big focus of the performance. Albania missed out on a Top 10 position, finishing in 13th overall.

Which is your Best of the Bunch? Vote below!

2017

Eurovision:

The following year, Albania selected another fantastic vocalist, with that being Lindita. Once again, her song underwent a revamp, including a language change with the English title of the song, World. At Eurovision, her vocals were literally out of this world, and even with an eye-catching stage performance, it wasn’t enough to send Albania to the final. It finished in 14th place in the semi-final.

Junior Eurovision:

The following year, Ana Kodra was selected to represent Albania with the creatively named song, Don’t Touch My Tree. Ana Kodra is a natural performer, and looked comfortable on the Junior Eurovision stage, and even after a good performance, the song fell to the same fate as the year prior. Overall, Albania finished in 13th place with 67 points.

Which is your Best of the Bunch? Vote below!

2018

Eurovision:

As always with Albania, vocals are at the forefront of their Eurovision performances and that really rang true with their selection of Eugent Bushpepa. His song Mall had many opportunities for big notes, and he hit every single one! The song was also kept in Albanian, which was the first time since 2013. Eugent charmed his way to the Eurovision final, and finished just outside the Top 10, finishing 11th with 184 points.

Junior Eurovision:

Albania changed tune in 2018 and send the very child-friendly song Barbie, which was performed by Efi Gjika. The song was a total bop, and a change of direction from the slower, more ballad style songs the previous two years. Efi was also a natural performer and commanded the stage well. Despite that, Albania finished in 17th place with 44 points.

Which is your Best of the Bunch? Vote below!

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