Elena Risteska on Athens visit

by Richard West-Soley 66 views

FYR Macedonia representative Elena Risteska is now in full swing with her promotional tour, which this Thursday will take the 19-year-old singer to host city Athens for an appearance on Greek channel ERT.

Greece-bound Elena is fresh from a TV interview in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where she presented her song on The Feminnem Show, an entertainment broadcast hosted by the girls who represented Bosnia and Herzegovina last year at the contest in Kyiv. She follows, amongst others, fellow contestand Carola for Sweden, who spent a day shopping in Athens last week with the home participant Anna Vissi, later appearing with her on stage at a top nightclub. At the moment there are no plans for a similar appearance on Elena's part, although surprises are always possible! Elena's promo team at M2 are working hard on the rest of her tour, which will touch Croatia, Slovenia, Albania, Turkey and Romania amongst other Eurovision destinations. The video of her song for Athens, Ninanajna is already doing the rounds on European TV channels, and Elena, who speaks fluent Italian as well as English and her native Macedonian, will be hoping that Europe-wide coverage will help her up to a first final top-ten placing for FYR Macedonia this year. FYR Macedonia have competed in the qualifier round of both the 2004 and 2005 Eurovision Song Contests, both times passing through to the international final but failing to secure a good enough placing to stay in the following year's final. Award-winning Elena and her team are working hard on changing that, and poised for success in Athens.

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Richard West-Soley

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Richard's ESC history began way back in 1992, when he discovered the contest could fuel his passion for music and languages. Since then, it's been there at every corner for him in some way or another. He joined the esctoday.com team back in 2006, and quickly developed a love for writing about the contest. In his other life, he heads the development team at the learning resources company Linguascope, and writes about all aspects of language learning on the site Polyglossic.com.