ΜΑΥ 08: PREPARING TO “ESMA”RISE FOLK / VIDEO
They changed song, they changed video clip but today the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia is in Malmoe Arena and Esma & Lozano perform their song “Pred Da Se Razdeni” wearing their final outfits.
WHAT WE LIKED
The duo as an idea is very interesting as it presents a hunkie modern singer along with a talented and legendary (in her country) folk singer. The studio version of the song sounds amazing and despite no one really like the song, I would vote for the studio version for sure! (don’t have a clue what the lyrics are saying – despite the English version “If I Could Change The World” but I trust the goddess Elena Risteska on it)
WHAT WE DISLIKED
Well Lozano might look hot and a good singer but Esma cannot sing at all. Total failure in the first live presentation and this smells definitely non-qualification to the final!
INFORMATION ABOUT FYR MACEDONIA
Esma started her career when she was a schoolgirl. First she performed in all school events, and one day she was nominated by the Principal of the school to represent the school on one very popular radio show called “The microphone is yours”, organised by Radio Skopje. That was in 1957 and Esma took the first prize in the competition and she received a large sum of money, but in that time of happiness she was also upset because she didn’t tell her parents where she was going, and was ashamed to tell them, and was afraid that her mother would find the prize money. In the end, Esma told the truth to her family. In that competition she was seen by Stevo Teodosievski, very famous musician and composer, who worked in Radio Skopje. He was fascinated by her voice, and came to her house asking her parents to allow her to be his student and a member of Ensemble Teodosievski.
Vlatko Lozanoski – Lozano is a Macedonian singer from Kičevo – F.Y.R. Macedonia. His first public appearance was as a participant in the talent show Mak Stars (September 2007 – May 2008). A month later when the show was over, he won the Grand Prix on the first Macedonian Radio Festival called Starry Night where he sang the song Take Me Back, that was his first official single. In October 2008, singing only his third official single At The Time If Time Could Stand Still, Lozano was awarded, by the jury, the Debut Prize at MakFest, the most prestigious music festival in F.Y.R. Macedonia. Two days later, on the final evening, Lozano won the MakFest Grand Prix, awarded by the audience.
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