Category: FYR MACEDONIA
Suddenly I felt ashamed, I felt ashamed
I was on the train on my way
Had this questions all the way, all the way
Then I started thinking and I started over thinking
This boy is just playing games
Why you so complicated?
Boy you know you’re always on my mind
I don’t know what you want me to tell you
I already tried too many times
Why am I so complicated?
Boy I never learned to realize
I don’t know why I give second chances
I already cried too many times
So I started talking to myself
Talking to myself, I need to make a plan
I need another man
So I need to stick it in my head
Stick it in my head so I don’t forget to
Erase you from the past
I’m moving to slow, but it’s time to let go
FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA – Singer Vlatko Ilievski, who represented F.Y.R. Macedonia at the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf with Rusinka, passed away.
Citing a police statement Press24 reports that the singer, one of the country’s most well-known rock singers, was found dead in a car in Skopje last night. Earlier this week Vlatko celebrated his 33rd birthday.
In 2007, F.Y.R. Macedonia also lost a former Eurovision Song Contest participant at a young age, when Toše Proeski (26) was killed in a car accident.
Vlatko started his solo career in 2007. His famous songs аre: “Небо” (performed at Оhrid fest 2008), “Уште си ми ти”, “Со Други Зборови”(performed at the European song contest “Skopje 2008” Metropolis Arena), “Не те можам” (performed at Makfest 2008 with Dani), “Taка требало да биде”, “Се што сакав после тебе”, “Сите ми се криви”, “Гушни ме” (with Tamara), “Скитник”, “Најбогат на свет (Najbogatij)” (Skopje Fest 2009, and a prize-winner at RadiskiFestival, March 2009), “Роза сине”, “Исцеление”, “Пак на старо” (performed at Makfest 2009), “За љубов се пее до крај” (with Risto Samardziev, prize-winning at Ohrid Fest 2009), “Работнички шампионе”, “Среќа” (Skopje fest 2010, winning second prize), and “Есен”.
His first solo concert was on 5 June 2010, in the Boris Trajkovski Hall, Skopje, FYR Macedonia, one of the largest arenas in the country.
He filled the venue with an audience of around 10,000, in duet with Tamara, and was joined on-stage by his old band. He was supported by local bands Shvaleri and DZHMS; the lead guitarist of the latter is Ivan Ivanov, son of the Macedonian President George Ivanov, who was in the audience.
Ilievski is filming a TV series to be broadcast in September.
He again participated in Skopje Fest 2015, the national selection for FYR Macedonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 (the same selection that had given him the chance in 2011), in a duet with Risto Samardžiev with the song Sever-Jug. They tied in last place, 14th place with 0 points.
Vlatko Ilievski first album was Со други зборови (“In Other Words”) with 10 songs. His second solo album is Најбогат на свет (“Richest of the World”) with 10 songs.
FYR MACEDONIA – not that there is too much to say regarding the predictions of this song but I can hardly see it to the final although it’s one the favourites of the fans. Marija is wearing a mainly grey top with purple/red accents and an open back and hotpants in the same colours. The outfit change needs better camera work as we can spot thee moment she is about to change. Not bad vocals but still needs stability and more powerful looks. At the end, they walk across the bridge but the camera shot is showing them side on and it just looks wrong. The best part is when she is joined by the three backing singers to do the routine from the video.
ESCKAZ.COM: Vocally it sounds great but I think it would be better to keep the pink dress on from beginning to start.
ESCBUBBLE.COM: Overall, it’s not terrible but it needs some work to stand a chance of qualifying. I’d give this a six out of ten based on that first performance.
ESCXTRA.COM: Marija’s vocals are great, and the overall vocal package can’t be faulted.
EUROVOIX.COM: The camera work was OK but the ending is isn’t working as well. The softer ending on the bridge is quite a week ending and doesn’t leave a strong lasting impact.
FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA – The state broadcaster of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia announced they will be selecting internally their representative for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. MRT invites music producers, local and International composers to submit their proposals for Lisbon, changing the broadcaster’s tactic to the Eurovision participation. Music professionals will evaluate the submissions and decide the representative. Demos should be submitted to MRT via e-mail last email@example.com with the subject: ЗА ЕВРОСОНГ 2018 starting today. E-mail should include authors’ names, short bio of the team, song title, lyrics, contact information, valid website and social media and accept all EBU rules. Submissions due on February 8th.
FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA – Few days ago the European Broadcasting Union confirmed that MRT, the national broadcaster of FYR Macedonia, is currently not eligible to participate and broadcast the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest due to unsettled debts to the EBU.
According to local media, the Association of Journalists of “Macedonia” urges the government to resolved the issue with the EBU as besides the Eurovision Song Contest, all international events provided by EBU are no longer available for broadcast in the country.
At the moment MRT is in debt of 500,000 Euros to the EBU and AJM emphasise on the danger for the broadcaster to be out of the EBU soon. AJM states: Debt settlement means that MRT will not be able to broadcast a program from any member of the EBU, not even the sports matches, films, foreign shows, cartoons, documentaries. Currently, according to information from the EBU headquarters, MRT does not have access to the content that is broadcast through their services.
It seems that MRT is not actually the one to blame for the issue although the broadcaster has serious debt this year. The bureaucratic procedures for the way the broadcaster is paying off its international obligations is non functional alongside the mismanagement of the broadcaster’s resources.
FYR Macedonia will be allowed though to participate in the 2017 Junior Eurovision this month.
FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA – In a surprise newsletter we found out that the European Broadcasting Union fined MRTV and is not allowing anymore to broadcast any Eurovision broadcasts including the Eurovision Song Contest.
This will happen if MRTV is not going to pay its debt to the European Broadasting Union which sums in the amount of 500,000 Euros.
Although MRTV had in 2016 income of 19.3 million Euros, its debt risen to 21,8 million Eurovision to regional and international obligations.
Claire Rainford, EBU’s Senior Communications Officer says: “Unfortunately the Macedonian Radio Television has no longer access to our services until it pays off its debt”
This reminds us all the case with the Romanian participation inn the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2016 which left the delegation without a contest the very last minute.
MRTV’s General Manager, Marjan Cvetkovski says:”MRTV’s broadcasting fee was canceled this September as the new goverment made a decision to fund the broadcaster from the state budget.”