Introducing 2010: FYR Macedonia

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All songs for the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 have been selected. During the weeks between the national final season and the actual Eurovision Song Contest, we will introduce all 39 entries in random order. Part eight of the series is dedicated to the entry from FYR Macedonia.

Basic information

Performer: Gjoko Taneski (�око Тане�ки)
Song: Jas ja imam silata (Ð�аÑ� Ñ�а имам Ñ�илаÑ�а – I have the power)
Language: Macedonian
Music: Kristijan Gabroski (��и��иjан �аб�о�ки)
Lyrics: Kristijan Gabroski (��и��иjан �аб�о�ки)
Draw: 15th in the first semi final

The song

Jas ja imam silata is a mid-tempo song with influences from pop and rock music. Through the lyrics of the break-up song, the singer tells his lover that he has the strength to get over her, although it appears to be more of a confirmation to himself:

Се б�ди дено� нов
� дождо� пак �е до�де ка� на�
С��ден камен �и
�о мене �и

�е допи�а ги, мои�е ��ни
Тоа не �и �и
�а� да �он�вам
� �оно� �о �ебе е �амо �он

�а� �а имам �ила�а
�а �е п�еболам
�а �е немам и да не �е гледам

A new day awakens
And the rain will come to us
You are as cold as a rock
To me

Do not touch my lips
This is not yourself
In my dream
A dream of you is just a dream

I have the power
To get over you
Not to have you and not to see you

The performer

Gjoko Taneski launched his career in 1996, when he competed in the Makfest contest with the song Odi ne go mami srceto. He would compete in various other festivals over the following years. In 2002, he entered SkopjeFest 2002, the national final for the Eurovision Song Contest of that year. He performed the song Koga molcat ocite as a duet with Marija Georgieva and finished twelfth among the 18 contestants.

Gjoko Taneski's debut album Zbogum Najmila was released in 2007 followed by his second album Nikogas dosta in 2009. In 2010, he entered the national selection again and finished fourth in the first semi final and first in the final with his song Jas ja imam silata, which he performed together with Billy Zver & Pejcin.

The songwriter

Jas ja imam silata was written by Kristijan Gabroski, who is a successful producer and songwriter in FYR Macedonia, but he is probably best known as former lead singer of the group Risto Bombasta i Kuceska Tenija. Their first album was the most sold record in the pop/rock genre in the history of the country.

The national selection

SkopjeFest 2010 was to select both the singer and the song for Oslo. The programme was held over three days. A total of 28 acts competed in two semi finals and 16 of them qualified for the grand final, where the winner was chosen by a mixture of jury voting and televoting. At the end of the voting, Vlatko Ilievski and Gjoko Taneski tied for first place but the latter was declared the winner being the favourite of the jury.

FYR Macedonia in the Eurovision Song Contest

FYR Macedonia wanted to debut in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1996 but didnot make it past the internal semi final. They did not decide to take part in 1997 andtherefore had their debut in 1998. Their first three participationsall ended towards the bottomof the scoreboard and led to releagations in1999, 2001 and2003.Over the four years with one semi final, FYR Macedonia always qualified for the final, where it would finish outside the top ten again. In 2008 and 2009, the country would have made it to the final againbased on the televotes finishing tenth in the respective semi finals but was still eliminated as the jury wildcard was given to Sweden and Finland respectively. The best result in a final was a 12th place in 2006.

�м по�ак�ваме ��пе� на �око Тане�ки во ��лo и �илно п�е���ав�ва�е!


Performance in the national final/Preview video:

Gjoko Taneski – Kupiv se (live performance in MakFest 2009):

Noviot den:

Tomorrow, we will take a look at the Armenian entry.

Previous parts of this series:

  1. Ireland
  2. Belarus
  3. Albania
  4. Denmark
  5. Russia
  6. Bulgaria
  7. Switzerland