Category: FYR MACEDONIA
FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA – ‘Lost and Found’ is the name of the song to be performed by Eye Cue for the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon next May. The highly anticipated music video for ‘Lost and Found’ was premiered this evening on the FYR Macedonia’s Television (MRT) evening news programme Dnevnik 2 and has been eagerly awaited since last February’s announcement of Eye Cue as the FYR Macedonia’s representatives at Eurovision.
The song is an uplighting and infectious song and is superbly performed by the group’s lead vocalist Marija Ivanovska. ‘Lost and Found’ is written by Eye Cue’s Bojan Trajkovski and produced by leading Balkan producer Darko Dimitrov.
Speaking of the song, Bojan said “This is a song about deep and unconditional love where one can dive deeper into the world of the unknown and experience the magic of true and powerful love. I hope Eurovision viewers will enjoy the cheerful melody and the charming vocal of Marija.”
The video was directed by Jovan Kucinovski in Skopje and involved a demanding one take video shot which has never been done by Eye Cue before. “Actually Marija had lot of fun during the video filming and we were really impressed with her energy and enthusiasm during the process. She stayed really focused, so her acting skills saved the day” said Bojan about the video recording.
Talking about the song and her upcoming Eurovision experience, Marija said “When I first heard the song, Bojan was playing it on the piano and I instantly liked it, I felt the emotion right away. It took only 20 seconds to fall in love with this melody, I hope the audience will react the same way as I did. I am really excited that I will perform this song on the Eurovision stage and will have a chance to share my emotions with everyone”.
FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA – MRT just announced that Eye Cue will represent the country in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Lost and Found. The song is composed by Eye Cue member Bojan Trajkovski.Eye Cue is made of Bojan Trajkovski often joined by drummer Ivo Mitkovski although unknown if he will join them in Lisbon. MRT’s statement explains that the decision was reached after receiving 382 songs. “The selected composition has a contemporary sound, impressive refrain and text, excellent and original vocal abilities of the performer, which certainly offers the opportunity for a quality Eurovision package and a worthy presentation of MRT and “FYR” Macedonia”
Eye Cue is a FYR Maceedonia pop/rock band that have been performing their own material since 2007. Their creative energy, as well as the audience’s energy, set the foundation of the band – completely dedicated to creating and building a career in the music industry. Highly dedicated and immense musical arrangement in their performance, yet remains a contemporary rock ‘n’ roll formation that cannot be easily labeled – an original musical expression.
Their collaboration with the renowned FYR Macedonia producer, Valentino Skenderovski, began in 2007, with the preparation of the material for their debut album “Superstar Wannabe”. The video for their first single “Magija” was released in May 2008, and became a major success. Five months later, the video for their second single “Superstar Wannabe” was released, the song that gave the name to their debut album.
They had their official concert promotion for the album “Superstar Wannabe”, along with a video promotion for “Glowing Lips” in June, 2009. The band’s fourth video for the single “Not this time” was broadcasted on the music channel MTV Adria in March, 2010, and reached the top of the chart. This song was warmly accepted by the audiences throughout the Balkans.
At the end of 2010 the video for the song “Not This Time” was in the top 20 most popular videos for 2010 on MTV Adria. After a while the band had their “MTV Express” – a show on which acoustic versions of their songs were performed. So far they have been a part of major festivals in FYR Macedonia and the region like “Taksirat”, “Exit”, “Schengen Fest”, “Streets Fest”, “Vevchani”, “Pivolend”, “Ohrid Beach fest”, “Alarm”.
In December 2011, the band recorded a video for the song “Ne zaboravaj”, which a year later, is still popular on local media. On June 25th, 2012, the band’s new song, “Ista pateka” was promoted on MTV Adria where it immediately reached the chart’s number 2. On the local radio stations, this song held the number 1 position for at least 4 months. At the end of the year they received an award for the song as it was one of the five most played song on all the radio stations in the country. Also the song reached no. 11 on the annual MTV Adria Chart.
2013 was a big success for the band as they had two major hits with the songs “Son” and “Bobi bas mi e gajle”. “Son” climbed no. 4 and “Bobi bas mi e gajle” no.9 on the MTV Chart. 2013 was the second year in a roll for the band to receive an award on the “Radio festival” as they had again one of the most played songs on all the radio stations all over the country.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.”
SERBIA – There seems to have been a misunderstanding and a fuzz with Belgrade Pride as Tijana Dapsevic forced to respond via Facebook about the issue occurred with her non appearance at the event. Tijana made clear that she didn’t refuse to participate but she was never invited, explaining why she preferred to be in Milan instead of Belgrade during the event. The reason for her trip there was family gathering. She also explains and reconfirms her beliefs towards diversity and endorsement to people regardless their faith, sexual orientation etc. Tijana participated in the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest edition not qualifying though to the Grand Final.
FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA – Vlatko Lozanoski – Lozano is a singer from Kičevo – FYR Macedonia. Together with Esma Redžepova, he represented the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö, Sweden. On 28 December 2012, Macedonian Radio-Television (MRT) announced that Lozanoski along with Esma Redžepova would represent the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 to be held in Malmö, Sweden, with the song “Pred da se razdeni”. The song failed to qualify from the second semi-final of the competition on 16 May 2013, placing 16th in the field of 17 songs, scoring 28 points.