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Kaliopi, the female vocalist who represented the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia back in 2012 has recently taken time out from her current tour in order to work on her latest single Lokomotiva. This track is the fourth release from her current album Melem and is being seen as another big hit by critics and fans alike.

Kaliopi was chosen internally by MRT in 2012 to represent FYR Macedonia with the song Crno I Belo. She managed to qualify from the semi final and placed 13th on the final night with 71 points. MRT, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia had selected Kaliopi through an internal selection. She performed the song Crno I Belo taking her country through to the final, finishing in thirteenth (13th) place with a total of seventy-one (71) points. At next years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, the country will be represented by Tijana Dapcevic with a yet untitled entry. Stay tuned to for all of the latest news.

Source: Official Website

Tuesday, 15 January 2013 04:45

Radio International: New Music from Ruslana

It is quite intriguing to denote that this will be the third week of the brand new year and thus with another Wednesday evening looming around, the Team of Radio International would like to invite you to join the weekly Ultimate Eurovision Experience. The show is broadcast on 106.8 FM and Digital Cable 781 within The Netherlands but is also available through the official website where it will also be web-televised. Whether on television or on radio, it seems that Wednesdays have become more musical for some reason and from 20:00 till 23:00 CET, another packed episode will be aired. In recent weeks, the interviews have somewhat proven to be popular with audiences, especially those held with artists which come from a different era to what the competition has become known now and thus bring a different perspective. This week will be no different with a former representative from the seventies coming forward.

1973 is known to have been a great year for the Eurovision Song Contest in general with most of the performers garnering success all over the continent. One of the entertainers whose name has become somewhat renowned in the Benelux region is that of Ben Cramer whose entry De Oude Muzikant could only manage a lower table fourteenth place at the end of the evening. It has become public knowledge that the performer tried his luck to represent The Netherlands once more in 2012 and even submitted a track to the broadcaster responsible for the nations' participation but regrettably declined. Nevertheless, a special concert was held with the track released to the public. During the evening, there were a number of guests including Justine Pelmelay who represent her nation in 1989 as well as Marga who had done the honours in 1987 respectively. During the interview held with Ben, he speaks about his experience and the aftermath of representing The Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest.

In the meantime, now that the year 2013 has come forth, and with the national finals having already started, correspondent Ross Bennett will be commenting on the tracks that are being presented by countries which will be performing at the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The focus of the week is surely on the multi-entry national selection held in Albania which has an incredibly strong tradition of being held around Christmas time and also feature a live orchestra in the vein of Sanremo as well as another selection which took place in Ukraine. Both entries selected were chosen through a majority vote and thus no issues have somewhat surfaces about the choices although the latter faced some plagiarism issues which have now been abandoned  As a matter of fact, this feature will run with the regular news brought about by both and as most of the countries reveal their selection process, possible representatives and also other selective issues.

Radio International is always keen to present songs during the show apart from the weekly features and therefore, collaborating the two ideas together will see the emergence of Eurovision UnverCover whereas tracks performed at the Eurovision Song Contest will be covered by other singers. The actual tracks will be played first followed by the cover and this will make things interesting. Apart from this feature which will officially commence as of tomorrow, there will be new material played on the show by a number of former representatives including; Kaliopi (FYR Macedonia 2012), Ruslana (Ukraine 2004), Compact Disco (Hungary 2012) and Mika Newton (Ukraine 2011). Follow the show through the official website and also send your requests through the contact link which is found on the aforementioned website. 

Source: Press Release

Monday, 03 December 2012 17:05

FYR Macedonia: Internal Selection for Malmö

One of the countries who has always been around since the introduction of the semi-final system has been the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia despite the fact that their qualification record has been nowhere near stellar. Following four initial qualifications, the nation went onto a bout of four non-qualifications by the broadcaster; MRT decided that they needed to see what was going wrong and scrapped their never ending national selection in favour of an internal selection with the chosen artist preferably known in the country and therefore possibly also cover the neighbouring regions with the possibility of garnering some extra votes. This was the case with Kaliopi who presented the song Crno I Belo which was extremely well received in Baku, Azerbaijan. The broadcaster in charge of the nations' participation has just confirmed that they will be holding another internal selection for 2013.

The decision by the broadcaster is set to be made by the end of the month and therefore, the announcement will be taking place at some point within the end of December. Kaliopi proved to be quite the fan favourite at this years' Eurovision Song Contest because she is quite the jovial character and was screaming about everywhere she went, making her presence known. She also made very good friends with Kurt Calleja, the Maltese representative building relations between the two countries. In the semi-final, she managed to finish in ninth place and thus achieve a place in the final where she also finished in thirteenth place, thus making it the second best result for the nation with Elena Risteska doing better in 2006, by virtue of achieving twelfth place. Nevertheless, following a bout of disappointing appearances in recent years, this is just what they needed to reignite their flame in the event. Stay tuned to for all of the latest news from the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: MRT

The Team of Radio International is back this week and would like to invite to join the weekly Ultimate Eurovision Experience to overcome to Post Eurovision Depression. The Show is broadcast on 106.8FM and Digital Cable 41 in the Netherlands and also via the internet via and will also be web-televised via the show's own Live Video Channel via the website. The simulcast will be from 2000 – 2300 hours CET this Wednesday.

Eurovision Song Contest Spotlight - Eurovision 2012 - The Aftershow Party:  

The 57th Eurovision Song Contest was staged on 26 May 2012 in Baku and each of our Eurovision Correspondants will each week be giving us their assessment of how they watched the shows and what they think of it. Of course, it goes without saying, it is spiced with their choice of songs from this year's Eurovision Song Contest. Continuing this new mini-series is Marcus Keppel-Palmer

Interview with Stefan Galea (Malta): 

One of Malta's young music talents is Stefan Galea who is no stranger to the ears of the listeners to Radio International as his music is aired on the show. Still a student Stefan also aims at an international singing career and hoping to be able that one day he will be representing Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest. At the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2012 which is the national selection process of Malta to find a suitable song to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest JP met Stefan for an interview which you can hear during this week's edition of the show. Stefan is not only an actor in the Maltese TV series called D.R.E.A.M.S. but also a fine singer and his repertoire is growing as he is producing more and more music. Songs such as "Can't wait for FAF, Fittest Girl in History and Take it or leave it have been aired on Radio International in the past. The website is abailable here. Enjoy the interview on this week's edition of Radio International.

 Euro Friends Song Contest 2012 with Andy Simon: 

The Euro Friends Song Contest in search for the ultimate Eurovision song as voted for by the many fans around the world.  Andy  Simon joins us again next week to reveal the qualifiers for the next round.  The website of the Euro Friends Song Contest you will find here ( where you can easily vote for your favourite Eurovision songs per country and also see The Euro-Friends TV Show as hosted by Andy Simon. You can also join the Facebook Group.  Andy is back next week and he reveals the final qualifiers in Heat 50 (Germany).  

Interview with Nina Badric (Croatia 2012):  

After Daria Kinzer representing Croatia at the Eurovision Song Contest in Duesseldorf in 2011 - one of Croatia's biggest artists represented Croatia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan - NINA BADRIC. Unfortunately, she did not manage to qualify Croatia for the Grand Final as with only 42 points in Semi Final 2 she ranked 12th with the song "Nebo". Only the Top Ten of the Semi Finals meet in the Grand Final. However, Lilian, Eric and JP had the big pleasure meeting the singer in the Press Centre in Baku for a very funny interview. A must listen!  Enjoy. 

Eurovision Song Contest News with Luke Fisher from

Check out the latest developments connected to the Eurovision Song Contest. Whether it is music releases of Eurovision performers, appearances, special concerts, gossip, news, etc. Luke will have the latest updates during this week's edition of the show.

Interview with Ott Lepland (Estonia 2012):  

An amazing success for the entry of Estonia to the Eurovision Song Contest 2012. First Ott Lepland could qualify his country into the Grand Final from Semi Final 2 where he ranked 4th with 100 points and then in the Final - What a performance! - he reached a very remarkable 6th place with a total of 120 points. A very strong power ballade called "Kuula" which means "Listen!". Eric & JP met the singer in the Baku Press Centre for an interview which you can hear during this week's edition of Radio International. Enjoy! :)

Eurovision Music Requests/Eurovision Quiz:

A big part of the show is playing listeners' requests. Submit your requests and / or greetings to your Eurovision friends through Radio International via the CONTACT Link on But also don’t miss out on the weekly Eurovision Quiz where you can win a dip into the freshly filled up Goodies Bag or pick a Eurovision Song Contest from the past on DVD. 

Interview with Kaliopi (FYR Macedonia 2012):  

Kaliopi represented The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYRoM) at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 with the song "Crno E Belo" (Black and White) which reached Number 13 in the Grand Final. Kaliopi was already selected in the national final to represent FYROM at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1996 with the song "Samo Ti" ("Only You"), however, she never made it to the Eurovision stage back in 1996 due to her not having enough average vote to take part at the Eurovision Song Contest that particular year. An amazing lady and an amazing voice - JP had the pleasure to meet her for a few words describing her happiness that she managed to qualify FYROM to the Grand Final which did not happen for quite some years. Listen to this interview during this week's edition of Radio International.

More interviews with the 2012 Eurostars will be on the next editions of Radio International. Watch out for them every Wednesday. Join Radio International on Wednesday, 13 June 2012 from 2000 - 2300 hours CET, via the website or on FM. Radio International is available live via and on FM 106.8 and Digital Cabel Channel 41 in parts of the Netherlands. Should you not be able to listen live, the show will appear in the Programme’s Show Archive a few hours after it’s airing on the radio.

Source: Team of Radio International

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: for the Biographical Information and all respective media

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