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Five things about Kaliopi

Posted by eurovision on top on April 4, 2016 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Kaliopi needs no presentation as she is one of the most famous artists from FYRO Macedonia.


1. In 1976, with 10 y.o, she entered a Macedonian children's festival called "Zlatno Slavejče", which she won with the song "Mojata učitelka"


2. In 1984, Kaliopi founded the band "Kaliopi" with Romeo Grill. They participated in the Split Festival, where they won the best debut performer award for their song "Da more zna".


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3. Kaliopi competed at the 1996 edition of Skopje Fest, the national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 1996 with the song "Samo ti" but the song didn’t qualify for Eurovision.

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4. Kaliopi was part the judging panel for the first edition of Macedonian Idol .


5. Crno i belo placed 13th in Eurovision 2012.

 

 

Oskar Popularnosti 2016

Posted by eurovision on top on March 7, 2016 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

One more edition of the Oskar Popularnosti was held last 1st of March.

These Awards are the based on popularity votings and are given every year in the Bosnia and Herzegovina city of Banja Luka.

In this edition, Jelena Tomasevic won the Awards for Best Album by "Ime moje" and Daniel Kajmakoski won the Award for new song by "Samo za ljubav".

Daniel has been shooting the new video for this song with no more than 30 models.

The next edition of Oskar Popularnosti in 2017, will be the 20st.




Kaliopi: I will give my performance of a lifetime

Posted by Pedro.Eurovisionontop on December 19, 2015 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Kalipoi is a very good known eurovision artist and brought the vest ranking of all times to FYR Macedonia. Also for our readers Kaliopi is very known and her singles always go directly to our charts.

It was in 2012 (Baku) that Kaliopi sang for FYR Macedonia and it was the best qualification ever for this eurovision country making the 13th place. FYR Macedonia started in 1996 to participate and was represented by the same Kaliopi, just the result was worser, making the 26th of 29th place. So it will be Kaliopi's third time at the Contest.


We are very proud to had the exclusive chance to have a short pre-interview with Kaliopi at this very early moment, knowing that Kaliopi still is working on everything.


Read now what the first insights of Kaliopi's participation are.


1. Kaliopi, just tell us how do you feel returning to Eurovision?

 

Excellent! I can't wait to come to Stockholm and hang out with ESC fans, journalist and amazing staff!


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2. Tell us, what is the story behind your return? How was this decision made?

 

I was invited by the MRT (Macedonian Radio Television) to represent my country again. After some thinking I've decided to come back at ESC stage with a good, proven musical recipe alongside Romeo Grill.


 

3. It's still very early, but what could the fans expect from your return?

Since ESC fans always have high expectations, I can promise that they will be very satisfied and happy with what I'll bring them next year. They really deserved it, and ESC fans are the main reason for my return at the stage of the ESC.


4. Could you already give anything about your song and performance?

With the song for ESC 2016 I will give you my performance of a lifetime. I can guarantee this because once again I have Romeo Grill as an author by my side - he knows my sensibility and feelings and knows exactly what the audience wants to hear and receive from me.


Photo: Kristijan Teodorov


5. How will be the way for you to select the right song? Or is the song already selected?

At the moment we are working hard on ESC2016 song, and once again, as in 2012, Romeo and I are creating unique music without flirting with musical trends and styles. We create our music in such authentic way – and ours songs look just like us.



6. What are your objectives for the Eurovision 2016?

At least to repeat the success from 2012 and once again to give a great song that people around the world will sing for a long time!


Eurovision on top thanks Kaliopi fpr this chance to get already some information and first impressions about the Kaliopi we will see in 2016. 


We will keep you informed about any news and come back with more details.


Pedro de Almeida

#ESC2016 #EOT weekly report #7: Balkan is back and 43 or 44!? - a record year!

Posted by Pedro.Eurovisionontop on November 28, 2015 at 5:00 AM Comments comments (0)

The last weeks were with less news, but when there have been news like for example the one about Germany's announcement of Naidoo it turned fast into a scandal.


But this week was once again one of the weeks the eurovision fans like. Some announcements of participants of good old known former artists. Also a record participation of countries at the 61st edition of the eurovision song contest next year.


And as always a lot of news during the week, but you won't miss any one of them reading our weekly report. Just read our report and get a summary about the most important facts.


1. Returns in 2016: Bosnia, Croatia, Bulgaria and Ukraine will be back!


2. A known face for FYR Macedonia in Stockholm


3. Bosnia & Herzegovina will send a trio with one known eurovision artists aswell


4. Will it be a new record? At the moment 43 confirmed nations




1. Returns in 2016: Bosnia, Croatia, Bulgaria and Ukraine will be back!


Bosnia was the last time in 2012 (Baku) at the contest and missed during the last years in due to financial issues. But with the support of a new sponsor the national broadcaster BHRT announced the return in 2016.


Croatia had the last participation in 2013 (Malmö;) missed the final and missed afterwards two times at the contest. But in 2016 also Croatia will be back, so the news of HRT.


Bulgaria just hosted successfully the junior eurovision and last years second place and because Italy passed the possibility to host the junior to the second placed. Perhaps this was one of the reasons for the national broadcaster BNT to return to the contest.


Ukraine is one of the most successful nations at the contest and participated for the last time 2014 in Copenhagen, the year when the conflict in the home country began. NTU now announced also the return of Ukraine, what was kind of little surprise as there was a lot of doubts, if it would be a priority to this country to join the contest, having to handle so much challenges in the own boarders. But there is no doubt that Ukraine will enrich the contest!


2. Kaliopi will return to eurovision and sing for FYR Macedonia


 

It was in 2012 (Baku) that Kaliopi sang for FYR Macedonia and it was the best qualification ever for this eurovision country making the 13th place.

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FYR Macedonia started in 1996 to participate and was represented by the same Kaliopi, just the result was worser, making the 26th of 29th place.


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So it will be the third time for the very known and famous Kaliopi.

Eurovision will let you updated as soon as there will be any details about the song.


3. A trio with one eurovision experienced artist is the bosnian mix for 2016


"In the disco" was the sound of Bosnia & Herzegovina in 2004. The sound of next years isn't known yet just the fact that Bosnia & Herzegovina will return and that the broadcaste already selected the three names, who will representing the country.

Dalal Midhat Talakić, Fuad Backović-Deen and Ana Rucner are the three. 

Fuad Backović-Deen was the singer of the entree in 2004 and already has eurovision experiences. Ana Rucner is a known cellist. 

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Eurovision on top will follow the further announcements of the national broadcaster and inform you as soon as there will be details about the song and the performance.


4. Will it be a new record!? - 43 or 44!?


This week the EBU announced the participation of 43 countries, what would be the old record, which already was reached in 2008 and 2011. But there are still rumors in the internet that perhaps there will be one more country joining (Slovakia!?) and finally make 2016 to the contest with the new record of participating countries.


Here the list of the actual confirmed countries:

 

 

  • Albania (RTSH)
  • Armenia (AMPTV)
  • Australia (SBS)
  • Austria (ORF)
  • Azerbaijan (İTV)
  • Belarus (BTRC)
  • Belgium (VRT)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina (BHRT)
  • Bulgaria (BNT)
  • Croatia (HRT)
  • Cyprus (CyBC)
  • Czech Republic (ČT)
  • Denmark (DR)
  • Estonia (ERR)
  • Finland (YLE)
  • France (France Télévisions)
  • FYR Macedonia (MKRTV)
  • Georgia (GPB)
  • Germany (NDR)
  • Greece (ERT)
  • Hungary (MTVA)
  • Iceland (RÚV)
  • Ireland (RTÉ;)
  • Israel (IBA)
  • Italy (RAI)
  • Latvia (LTV)
  • Lithuania (LRT)
  • Malta (PBS)
  • Moldova (TRM)
  • Montenegro (RTCG)
  • The Netherlands (AVROTROS)
  • Norway (NRK)
  • Poland (TVP)
  • Romania (TVR)
  • Russia (RTR)
  • San Marino (SMRTV)
  • Serbia (RTS)
  • Slovenia (RTVSLO)
  • Spain (TVE)
  • Sweden (SVT)
  • Switzerland (SRG SSR)
  • Ukraine (NTU)
  • United Kingdom (BBC)

 


A week with a lot of news, but just the beginning of the eurovision season 2016.


Just keep turned to Eurovision on top and get the weekly update about all important facts.


Pedro de Almeida

Daniel Kajmakoski: After Eurovision is the birth of my very first solo album!

Posted by Pedro.Eurovisionontop on April 21, 2015 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Daniel Kajmakoski won the Skopje Festival 2014 at the last 12th november 14. Daniel will defend his song and fight for his country to get a ticket for the final, which happened in 2012 for the last time - before that it was in 2007. Daniel won the first X Factor Adria in 2014; the balkan version of X Factor. In the jury there was also an other former and successful Eurovision participant, the serbian singer Zeljko Joksimovic.

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But there are two more interesting facts about Daniel Kajmakoski: Vienna will be a home game for him, as he lives in Vienna since he was 6 and an other interesting fact is his participation at the austrian casting show Starmania in 2003. The most interesting point on that isn't the 8th place he made, but yes that he is the 4th artist participating at Eurovision out of this castingshow. He is following Eric Papilaya (Austria 2007 - 27th place in SF), Nadine Beiler (Austria 2011 - 18th place) and Tom Neuwirth alias Conchita Wurst (Winner of 2014) from the Starmania stage to the Eurovision stage. Along the time, former Starmania participants started to made better results at Eurovision, with the highlight of Conchita's victory.


Eurovision on top had the chance to speak to Daniel and make some interesting questions about Vienna, Conchita and his participation. Check out if Daniel will sleep in a hotel or if the delegation will be at his place in Vienna during Eurovision. This and other answers be in our interview.


1.First of all congratulations for winning the X Factor Adria. What did that victory mean to you?

The winning is a dream come true. It’s almost one year since the winning and it still sometimes seams unreal. After many tries, ups and downs, finally to get through the music world.


2.In november you won the national final of FYR Macedonia. Comparing with the X Factor was it easier to win that competition? And which of the two victories is more important for you?

Can’t compare it for sure. Its different type of competition.

One is breaking through, the other – national final is the moment when you see how much people do support you and trust you – they pick YOU for representing your country! Both of them are priceless experiences and moments!


3.Who is Daniel Kajmakoski? How would you describe yourself to someone, who never saw or heard about you?

A regular guy who only believed that is worth to give one last try in music  . Its good to know that Daniel also loves sport and nature. Loves spending time with family and friend because that relaxes. He is also loves artists like Tose Proeski, Stevie Wonder, David Phelps. . .

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4.You moved to Austria as a child. What was the reason for that and how did that fact marked your live?

My parents moved with a hope for better life and future for their children. Back then I was 7 years old. It was a huge change for me, it was new neighborhood, new school, friends and new language. It took me some time to be accepted by the other classmates and to feel equal.


5.Do you still live in Vienna? So what will that mean to you being performing in the city you live or lived for a long time?

The last year I am on this relation –Skopje – Belgrade – Vienna. Its really unbelievable fact for me – I went to Balkans to compete regional show, won, get a chance to compete national festival back in my home country and now going back to Vienna – the place where I grow up.


6.You also were part of the 2003 Starmania participants. Some of them already made it to Eurovision and most of them with success, including the victory last year. What do you think is the reason of the participation of so many former Starmania participants? And do you think you will follow them on the path of success?

Hahahahha. You never know actually. I am glad of my colleagues who reached far and I Conchita deserved to win. She is a strong vocal and had a great team. I can only say I am preparing and hoping for the best.


7.Did you follow the Eurovision ever before?

For sure. Since I was a little boy. It was some king of tradition in my family to watch it all together. Always picking up favorite songs and watching the big stage with excitement.


8.The best result ever for FYR Macedonia was a 13th place in 2012 by Kaliopi in Baku. Do you think you will be able to make a better one?

Must say that Crno I Belo is one of my favorite songs when it comes to Macedonia national selection. Can I make it? I want to, I am preparing, and aspiring and hoping for the best result!


9.Last year there weren't just good reactions about Conchita Wurst‘s victory. What was your thought, when you heard that Austria won the contest?

I was kind of expecting that to happen.

Beside the personal story of Conchita, she is a strong vocal, and had a great song. I know that she worked really hard with her team to make the song the best possible way. Right know I am working with the same people for my eurovision song. It’s an interesting coincidence.


10. How are you preparing for the Eurovision Song Contest?

First of all making improvements in the song, almost finished, gathering the team, planning promotion . . .


11. And will you be with the FYR Macedonia delegation in the hotel or will the delegation be at your place in Vienna?

:) good one ! I prefer to stay in the hotel with all the participants, to meet them all and establish communication, but for sure will gather people back in my place.


12. What are your plans for the time after Eurovision?

After eurovosion is the birth of my very first solo album! Cant wait to share it with all of you!


If performing in Vienna really will be a home game for Daniel or not will be seen in Vienna and commented by us in our special „Beside the stage“. Honest, different and live from Vienna.


Pedro de Almeida