ESC 2014: An In-Depth Review of FYR Macedonia


It has become customary for the editorial board to engage professional individuals from the music industry to assess the songs competing in the Eurovision Song Contest as presented to the European Broadcasting Union during the Heads of Delegation Meeting. Greig Watts, Joseph Zammit, Sharon Vaughn and John Scott from the United Kingdom, Malta, Sweden and the United States have been entrusted with the second semi-final, comprising of sixteen songs and set to take place on the 8th May 2014 at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark. Making use of the running order and moving onto number #11, we catch up with FYR Macedonia (MKRTV) who will be represented by Tijana with the song To The Sky co-written by Darko DimitrovLazar Cvetkoski and Elena Risteska.

There is no doubt that Tijana was born to perform on big stage. She is well known as a singer, a cellist and an actress. Tijana’s motto is “The sky’s the limit – nothing is impossible.” Tijana Dapčević was born into a music family in Skopje. Her father is a music professor, her mother was an opera prima donna and her sister Tamara is also a popular singer from F.Y.R Macedonia. Tamara will perform as Tijana’s backing vocalist in Copenhagen.

Tijana started to play cello when she was seven years old. She graduated from the faculty of Music in Skopje where she got profession of a cello teacher. Tijana played in the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra and in the international orchestra of Leipzig. Her media career began in 1993 when she started her work on the F.Y.R. Macedonian Radio and TV. Tijana’s breakthrough in her pop career began in 1994 when the singer revealed her first hit. Afterwards, she has published five music albums and recorded many songs with a lot of regional pop stars. Besides pop music, Tijana is engaged as a theatre actress.

She is beloved for her charm and openness by fans through the Balkans: F.Y.R. Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia and Slovenia. Tijana’s long-time wish was to get a role in a movie or in a theatrical performance. Last year this dream came true and she got her first role! Tijana was so successful that she got two more roles two months later. To answer the frequently asked question “Is Tijana is better at singing or acting?”, she replies: “When I’m on stage, it feels like home. That’s the most important to me, no matter if I’m singing or acting because being on stage makes me happy.”

The FYR Macedonia has been relatively unlucky when it comes to participating in the Eurovision Song Contest having found it somewhat difficult to stomach certain rules and regulations which worked against them, including the re-introduction of the jury a couple of years back in order to decide the tenth qualifier, when they would have actually been in tenth place. Their best result in the international competition was achieved thanks to Elena Risteska with the track Ninanajna which had finished in twelfth place back in 2006. Hope rest on Tijana to try and better that, having even brought in Elena to help co-write her entry To The Sky.

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 58%

Greig Watts: Tall girl! And quite a nice traditional song, it goes up in all the right places. Does this kind of song work in Eurovision anymore, does it stand out of the crowd enough, I actually like it, but is it enough,  I really think the chorus is strong and she sings it well, but will all her clothes fall of at the end and make it a winner?

Joseph Zammit: What can I say. It’s a piece one would hear in the clubs to dance to. I hate these pieces because usually I don’t really find much to say about them. So I’m going to mention the few things I like about it that personally makes it stand out a bit from the Euro-dance tracks that have become a sort of a mainstay on the Eurovision stage. 

The fact that it has an acoustic guitar and then later there is the introduction of an electric guitar intermixing with the club music gives is something for it to stand out. Adding to that, the singer does have a really good strong voice. In general, this song is up the alley of the average Eurovision follower s there is no question that it shall do well.

Sharon Vaughn: I am afraid this contains every cliché known to mankind.  Work harder, please.

John Scott: Not bad, but sounds like many other records out there now. Not as unique as many of the other entries.



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