Over the coming weeks, sometimes more than once a day, we will bring you daily previews of the contest, spotlighting each of the songs individually in random order, where they come from, who will be performing them, and more, as well as some historical info on the contest and some of the past winners and participants.
Next up on our Song-By-Song preview is the official entry from Macedonia (AKA FYR Macedonia, which stands for “Former Yugoslavic Republic”), “Lost And Found” by Eye Cue, written by Bojan Trajkovski and Darko Dimitrov. The song is performed in English. The popular duo of Bojan Trajkovski and Marija Ivanovska are celebrating a decade together this year, and have recently been joined by producer Darko Dimitrov. The song will be performed 11th in the competition order on the first semi-final on May 8.
Wow…how could a song with such potential go so horribly WRONG? Let me see…let’s check out the ways. First off, I want to say that I love the singer’s voice – she’s got an incredible sound, and I can see why they’ve had the success they’ve had over the years. But this song has musical schizophrenia – it can’t seem to make up it’s mind whether it’s a ballad, a reggae jam, or a EuroDance number. And the three do NOT mesh well AT ALL. Plus, in the #MeToo era, the song’s racy lyrics are way over the top – overtly sexual in nature on the surface, perhaps with some more depth to them inside, but you can’t get past the singer and her looks (and her costume changes) and perhaps the most bored-looking drummer on the planet. Maybe Europe goes for this kind of oddball pop number, and the staging live will make a huge difference I think, but the last song this jarring that was a hit in the states was WAAAAY back in the early 70s – Wings‘ classic “Band On The Run“, which made three complete tempo changes within the song (Paul McCartney loved this kind of stuff at that phase of his career – he also did similar tempo changes with “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” in 1970), but each time, it stayed put, and didn’t try to keep going through cycles like this song does, and it just doesn’t work here…so I think it’s US chart chances are pretty slim.
FYR Macedonia has been around in EuroVision since 1998, and has not fared very well in the seventeen times they’ve partipated thus far. Their best showing has been 12th, in 2006. They have missed the last five Grand Finals in a row…and something tells me they’re about to make it six misses in a row…
Here’s the official music video – things that make you go Hmmmmm….
Join eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica each day through the finals on May 12 – be sure to check each site, because some of the features will be exclusive to just one of the sites! The daily artist and song profiles will appear on each site, with some past winners and historical info coming to TKR and PlanetBM in the next week or so as I complete my research!
AND THAT’S IT! All 43 songs have now been previewed, and starting tomorrow, and throughout the next couple of weeks I’ll dive into the history of EuroVision with some favorites lists and such, and of course, the announcement of my Top 43!
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