Ardian Bujupi (born 27 April 1991) is a Albanian-German singer-songwriter. Bujupi rose to fame when he finished third in the eighth season of the German talent show Deutschland sucht den Superstar in 2011.
Bujupi was born in Prishtina (Yugoslavia-then, Kosovo today) to Albanian Kosovar parents. His family moved to Germany in 1992/1993. He was raised there and attended his primer and high school in Heidelberg.
2011: Deutschland sucht den Superstar
Bujupi decided to enter the eighth series of DSDS and successfully passed the first phases of the show and made it to the live shows. He was in the bottom three times but was saved by the public in all occasions. Although he became a huge favorite to win the show, he finished third, behind Sarah Engels and Pietro Lombardi who was declared as the winner.
Just a few months after DSDS, Ardian released his first single “This is my time”, penned in English which became a huge hit on the radios and social networks, counting more than a million views over a week. He later released “Rise to the Top” and “I’m Feeling Good”, all which had the same success as his first single.
2013: Breakthrough in the Albanian music industry and Festivali i Këngës
Bujupi was invited to perform in The X Factor Albania to promote his single. He later became very popular in the Albanian-speaking territories and released “Want U Now” also in Kosovo and Albania. The single was well received and was one of the most played summer songs. He toured around the Albanian-coast in summer.
He entered the 51st edition of Festivali i Këngës in December 2012 for a chance to represent Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö, Sweden with “I çmendur për ty” (Crazy about you). This was Ardian’s first song in Albanian. He was qualified for the final and was a big favorite to win the contest. He performed first in the final and ended 11th.