Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia announced tonight on MRT1 prime-time news that Esma and Vlatko will represent the country in the Eurovision Song Contest next May. The two artists presented on the show and information (source: wikipedia.org) can be found below.

Esma Redžepova (Есма Реџепова) (born 8 August 1943) is a FYR Macedonian – Romani vocalist, songwriter and humanitarian. During her life she has performed in more than 9000 concerts in 30 countries, with her late husband Stevo Teodosievski she has fostered forty-seven children, and she has received numerous accolades for her humanitarian work. By her own account she has created more than 500 works of art. These include 108 singles, 20 albums, and 6 movies.

Vlatko Lozanoski – Lozano (Влатко Лозаноски – Лозано) is a FYR Macedonian singer from Kičevo. His first public appearance was as a participant in the talent show Mak Dzvezdi (September 2007 – May 2008). A month later, he won the Grand Prix on the first FYR Macedonian Radio Festival called Starry Night. He sang the song “Vrati Me” which was also his first official single. His second single was called “Obicen Bez Tebe”. In October 2008, singing his only third official single at the time “Vremeto Da Zastane”, Lozano was awarded by the jury the Debut Prize at MakFest, the most prestigious music festival in Republic of Macedonia. Two days later, on the final evening he won the MakFest Grand Prix which was awarded by the audience.