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It has become customary for the escflashmalta.com 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."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhDFG_em06s

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.

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyY6Rwys7kE

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Tijana Dapčević, internal choice of the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia for the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest recently gave a special interview to Nova Makedonija revealing that the track for the international competition, Pobeda will be officially published on the 22nd February, rather than the scheduled January outing due to several promotional reasons.

The interviewer wanted to get to know certain details with regards to the track, most of which could not be said at this point in time due to a confidentiality agree with the recording label. Nevertheless, a working version of the song has already been recorded but is still being edited out in conjuction with the songwriters, producers and Tijana herself. The power of a song usually lies in the feeling of the performer and that is something that the female vocalist is trying to ensure that the entry posesses. She wants to show the rest of Europe what a born performer she is, promising something glamorous and memorable. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for the latest news about the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Source: Nova Makedonija

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZmE5vDdwuM

Thursday, 07 February 2013 16:24

Eurovision 2013: Three Revelations in Two Weeks

The 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will be taking place in Malmö, Sweden which people will surely remember as last having been the host back in 1992, seeing to the victory of Linda Martin with the track Why Me? written by Johnny Logan for Ireland. At this point in time, entries have been selected and publicly presented by Albania, Ukraine, Malta, Iceland, Switzerland, Lithuania, and Belarus although, final versions will be expected in due course. On the other hand, earlier today, three broadcasters confirmed that they will be unveiling their entries for the showcase within the next couple of days with a presentation show each.

CyBC for Cyprus and RTVSLO for Slovenia have decided to unveil their entries on Valentine's Day, meaning that it would be on the same night that Germany will be selecting their entry through a three way voting procedure featuring a professional jury, a radio jury and a public vote. Cyprus will be represented by Despina Olympiou with a ballad performed in Greek co-written between Zenon Zintillis and Andreas Georgallis. The show starting at 15:00 CET is entitled Mazi and will be broadcast online. Slovenia will be represented by Hannah Mancini who hails from the United States but has been residing in the Balkan nation for the past six years. 

In FYR Macedonia, more details have been revealed at this point in time with the performers being Vlatko Lozanoski and Esma and the track bearing the name Opsesija (Obsession). The presentation show has been setup for the 27th February during a special show which will be airing on both MKRTV 1 and MKRTV Sat. FYR Macedonia will be the only nation out of the three competing alongside Malta in the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, also within the same section of the second semi-final. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: CyBC, RTVSLO, MKRTV 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nJcmLMb5to

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kINdUog9_04

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rsfkBGNYhE

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

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