FYR Macedonia originally presented “Imperija” as their 2013 Eurovision entry. Apparently, reaction to Esma & Lozano’s effort was so toxic that the Macedonian delegation withdrew it, and they’ve replaced it with “Pred Da Se Razdeni.”
“Pred Da Se Radzdeni” is a vast improvement over “Imperija.” It follows a Balkan pop template at first, but Esma enters and brings an ethereal quality to the song that I find very effective. Lozano is a bit bland, but he’s a good singer, and carries “Pred Da Se Radzdeni” well. I don’t think this is going to one of those songs that I seek out when looking for Eurovision tracks to listen too, but it’s certainly one that I won’t mind hearing when it comes on. I am looking forward to seeing how they stage it.