FYR Macedonia's Eurovision 2013 Entry

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.

2 thoughts on “FYR Macedonia's Eurovision 2013 Entry”

  1. Huh. Goes to show how different opinions can be – pretty much every other Eurovision page I visit cites the withdrawal of “Imperija” as a really bad move on Macedonia’s part, and pretty much everyone seems to hate the new song. And “everyone” in this context includes Esma, apparently, who hates being reduced to a glorified background singer (and seems to believe that her country isn’t ready to be represented by a Roma going it alone, to boot).

    Also, the “toxic reactions” came mostly from within Macedonia and from Greece. The former I can sort of understand influencing your song choice; the latter is just bull. I can’t see Azerbaijan pulling a song because Armenia disapproved of it, and Georgia stood by their 2009 entry even when it became clear that it wouldn’t be permitted in Moscow.

    1. Maybe part of our reaction comes from being separated from Europe. Aside from knowing the issues between Macedonia and Greece, I wouldn’t understand what issues there would be from “Imperija”, although I could guess from the title, I suppose.

      Esma being mad that she’s a glorified back-up singer, I can totally understand. Jennifer and I were talking about this yesterday. Either you make Esma the representative or you make Lozano the representative: their two styles are quite different. I think they make the best of what they have “Pred Da Se Razdeni”, but really they should have picked one or the other.

      On a visceral level, though, I thought “Imperija” sounded like mess, so aesthetically, I like “Pred Da Se Razdeni”. But I can understand the other opinions out there.

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