FYR Macedonia 2015: who’s entering Skopje Fest?
SKOPJE, FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA – As things now stand, FYR Macedonia will be the first country to select their representative for the next years contest. As it was revealed couple months ago, it will be done via Skopje Fest after three internal selections. National selection is planned for November 13th, and as it is stated in the rules all the songs must be performed in native language. One more interesting thing is that the organizers hold the right to change performer of the song, parts of lyrics and arrangement in consultations with the authors, which must be citizens of FYRM as the performer. There will also be prizes for the top three – 20.000, 10.000 and 5.000 Euros respectively, and they will all get a video. Winner will of course represent FYR Macedonia in Vienna. Today we will bring you some potential contestants, and therefore potential representatives.
First up is Dmitar Andonovski. He was one of Tijana’s backing vocals in Copenhagen. This July he participated at Suncane Skale festival in Herceg Novi in Montenegro, where he won the competition of new upcoming artists with the beautiful ballad Ako me boli (If you hurt me). Dmitar also participated with it at Skopje Fest last year.
He does have nice vocal potential, and it wouldn’t be the first time that backing vocalists try out next year as representative. Here is his song.
Kristina Arnaudova had her first public performance when she was just 4 years old. She started her career singing in various bands, but she published her first solo album in 2001. Two more came after – in 2003. and in 2008. Since 2001. she has always had one of her songs in the top ten charts at the end of the year. Her single Zemi me (Get me) from last year is still a big hit. Listen it here.
Daniel Kajmakoski participated in several music reality shows, but he shot his glory in X Factor Adria, where he eventually won first place and was mentored by non other than Zeljko Joksimovic. He also wrote a song for Karolina Goceva, who represented the state two times. Daniel is still enjoying his glory and there is no way that we don’t see him at Skopje Fest, where he has most chances to win in my personal opinion. Here is his wining performance from X Factor.
Elena Risteska does not need any introduction. She has represented FYR Macedonia already back in 2006, when the contest was held in Athens. Elena is not just a talented singer, she also writes songs and she’s been doing it for her colleagues around the Balkans. Elena was also one the writers of Macedonia’s this year entry. She participated in Skopje Fest in 2012. and 2013, so I think that we should expect her this year too. In the meantime, here is her entry from last year, Sto si ti (What are you).
Bojan Jovanovski aka Boki 13 is probably the most famous drag queen act in Southern-East Europe. With his appearances he just pushes the boundaries. Besides periodically publishing a song, he worked as a TV host and he participated in several regional reality shows. It is certain that he will be boosted by Conchita’s victory at least just to apply for the national final. With this song he participated in the national final back in 2008 :
Another drag queen act coming from there is Filip Janevski – Fifi. She has also participated in X Factor and if you remember, we reported few months ago that when she asked Zeljko Joksimovic to talk to her in feminine gender, he refused. Fifi was first eliminated, but than brought back in duo called H20. Here is her song Namerno (On purpose) :
Last but not the least is Aleksandar Belov. He participated in Star Academy in 2008, and since then he has participated in various festivals in region. He was the front-runner during whole show, but in the end, he finished third. You will just enjoy listening to his calm voice. As he has already tried to represent FYR Macedonia at Eurovision and as that is also one of his biggest wishes, I sure think that he will apply. Here is his latest single Stom so nekoj drug te vidam (When I see you with him).
What do you think about these artists? Which one do you like the most? Do you have someone else on mind? Let us know.