Rotterdam 2021

🇲🇰 “Here I Stand” to be released on 11th March

Vasil has announced that his Eurovision 2021 entry, “Here I Stand”, will be released on 11th March. He will represent North Macedonia at the contest in May.

Vasil was originally set to represent North Macedonia with the song “YOU” at Eurovision 2020, before the contest was cancelled. In January, it was announced that Vasil would be returning to represent North Macedonia in 2021.

The gospel sound?

This morning, Vasil posted on Twitter telling his fans to “save the date” of his entry’s release alongside a teaser clip of the song which has a gospel sound, similar to other entries we have already heard this year.

The song is written and composed by Vasil and produced and arranged by Borce Kuzmanovski and Davor Jordanvski. The entry will feature backing vocals by former members of the Chicago Children’s Choir, which Vasil was a member of as a child.

Last week, Vasil revealed that he has also finished recording the music video for the entry. Filming took place in Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia.

North Macedonia at the Eurovision Song Contest

After an unsuccessful attempt in 1996, North Macedonia officially debuted at the 1998 contest with Vlado Janevski’s “Ne zori, zoro”. Since then, they have took part in the contest 19 times.

Before 2019, their best result was 12th place in 2006 when Elena Risteska participated with “Ninanajna”. However, in 2019, Tamara Todevska broke that record, placing 7th, with her song “Proud”. Tamara also managed to win the jury vote, topping Sweden who finished as the jury’s runner-up.

Vasil was set to represent North Macedonia at the 2020 contest in Rotterdam with the song, “YOU”. However, the contest was cancelled as a result of Covid-19. In June, Vasil told us that “YOU” was “an invitation for us to connect through dance to celebrate the given moment”.

Are you excited to hear Vasil’s “Here I Stand”? Another date to mark into your diaries…

Let us know in the comments below and on social media @ESCXTRA.

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