2000 and Whatever – Albania

We may not get to see our 2020 favourites take to the stage, but that doesn’t mean we can’t reminisce on our Eurovision favourites. This series is aimed to discover the team’s favourite entries from the 21st century, from 2001 to 2019.

In collaboration with ESCDaily, we will be reviewing some of their 21st Century favourites, while over on their site, you will find their reviews of our favourites!

Below our reviews, you will find a poll where you can vote for your favourite Eurovision entry from the 21st Century.


Anita Reviews Dennis’ 21st Century Favourite

Eugent Bushpepa – Mall | 11th place, 184 points (Final)

We may not see Albania in the final each and every year, but what stands out about Albania at Eurovision is that they consistently send strong vocalists. Eugent Bushpepa was no exception to this. Being there for rehearsals in 2018, I saw the strength of his voice time and time again, and incredibly he never missed a note, and this song sure has some big notes. It’s easy to see why the jury awarded this highly, as it’s hard to deny that vocal talent.

Although Eugent as a performer was a stand out, the song is also one close to my heart. This song led to what I like to call the ‘Bushpepa Effect’ – let me explain. When I first heard this song, I was neither here nor there, but as the season went on, I began to truly love this song, and by Eurovision time it was at the top of my list. This gets a big tick from me!

Joshua Reviews Brandon’s 21st Century Favourite

Juliana Pasha – It’s All About You | 16th place, 62 points (Final)

This entry has all the elements of a typical Eurovision guilty pleasure. Upbeat from the offset, an eccentric violinist and groovy back up singers – it’s the whole package. Albania are well known for sending serious ballads to Eurovision, so this song is a welcomed diversion from their history of entries. Does this song wow me? Unfortunately not. But it’s enjoyable nonetheless, and a good addition to the final in 2010.

What does the ESCDaily team think of our 21st Century favourites? Make sure to head over to escdaily.com to find out!

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