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Friday, 27 April 2012 02:05

FYR Macedonia: Reviewing the song 'Crno I Belo'

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The dreaded draw in the running order has always been that of number #2 and this is due to the fact that no country has ever managed to win from such a starting position but then again, the rule does not seem to apply to qualification numbers as there have been a number of songs to have made it through therefore the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia do not really need to worry as they send what seems to be their best entry in a very long time actually by virtue of sending one of their most popular performers in the country. Kaliopi does not require an introduction to the people of the Balkan block and she enters the event with the song Crno I Belo to which she has penned the lyrics to the beautiful music of Romeo Grill who is a longtime collaborator.

Kaliopi started her career when she was only 9 years old, winning the first place at a childrens song festival. She gained success and recognition with the band Kaliopi, originally in the former Yugoslav nations. The band became established and guided by Romeo Grill who was also the author of most of the songs. In a short period of time, they published two albums, and participated in some of the biggest festivals and shows in their homeland. Kaliopi moved to Switzerland for a period but announced her comeback as a solo performer by winning the first place at the Skopje festival in 1996.


In 1999 she moved back to FYR Macedonia, with her new album Oboi Me which had been recorded in Switzerland. This album was her last cooperation with Romeo Grill as producer. Kaliopi has recorded nine albums in total, six of them with herself as writer. Each of them won Album Of The Year recognition. She has become one of the leading music artists in the region. She also works on other creative projects such as composing for Theatre and Ballet. She played the lead role in the first Macedonian musical Cija Si.


She has had many collaborations with big artists such as Sting, Renee Fleming, Andreas Scholl and world famous lute player Edin Karamazov. Kaliopi has been given the title of Honorary UNHCR Ambassador, Honorary Ambassador of the Macedonian Economy in the World. Also, among the many awards and recognitions over the years, she was awarded with the Mother Theresa statuette for her distinguished and dedicated humanitarian work. Kaliopi imprints her work as a high standard in the Macedonian and Balkan music and art, remaining the favorite of her own people, the Macedonian and Balkan pop-diva.

The Critics Voice Their Opinion

Magnus Kaxe

  • One of many ballads this evening. Underneath the poor music production and the mediocre female singer performance, it’s pretty well written song. Unfortunately it’s almost impossible to hear the melody and the potential of the song. Due to such criticism, I cannot give this song more than two (2) points.

Marion Welter

  • Unfortunately there is nothing much to say in this case, I am not a fan of such music unfortunately as it does not match my taste, therefore I just don't like this song. Nevertheless, no song deserves less than one (1) point in my opinion.

Tobias Larsson

  • Captivating and convincing piece of eurovision rock, well performed by a star with a rare stage presence. The arrangement and production are blocking the view a bit, but the melody line is one of the better in this semi. I do not agree with my colleagues, and will be the diversified one to give it eight (8) points.

Entry Background

Performer: Kaliopi

Composer: Kaliopi

Author: Romeo Grill

Song: Crno I Belo

Language: Macedonian

Broadcaster: MKRTV

History of the Nation

The Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia is one of the most unlikely countries in the Eurovision Song Contest especially since the introduction of the semi-final system which in the beginning proved to be successful for them having managed two tenth places and two ninth places but when the juries had the pick of the last entry from the semi-final, their was a shift and two tenth place finishes could not cut it for them to be in the final and hence they have not managed to qualify for the past four years. Their most successful result is surely the twelfth place achieved by Elena Risteska back in 2006 with the song Ninanajna followed by the fourteenth place achieved by both the late Tose Proeski and his song Life as well as Karolina Goceva and her track Mojot Svet which was one of the most talked about tracks in 2007 especially with the nation having done well in the previous year.

Source: Eurovision.tv for the Biographical Information and all respective media

Last modified on Friday, 27 April 2012 04:00