Just a few minutes ago the national broadcaster of FYR Macedonia, MRT, revealed the country’s next Eurovision 2018 representative. After announcing a public call for submissions back in January, the channel concluded in the band of : Eye Cue.

Eye Cue is a band formed by the vocalists, Bojan Trajkovski and Marija Ivanovska,  joined in their artistic activities by drummer Ivo Mitkovski. The band will perform “Lost and Found” in Lisbon. The song is written by one of the band members, Bojan Trajkovski.

The decision was made by an MRT committee on February 10. MRT received 382 songs, eliminating all but 12 after three rounds of voting. After further voting of those 12 songs, “Lost and Found” was selected.

Bojan Trajkovski making his first public statements on their selection stated to the coordinator of our regional INFE Club in FYR Macedonia , Valentina Gjorgievska Pargo,  just a few minutes before :

I just sent a song and I didn’t think about it, and after I sent it I even stopped listening the song. When they call and told us that we were chosen, it took us a few minutes to realize that it was true and that information was in fact about us. I immediately shared the news with the rest of the members of the band, with which we were at that moment in the studio recording something. We are in the middle of a new work we are preparing and this is just a new step in our series of musical activities. The song is called Lost and found, it’s  original version in English. I am the lyricist  and the whole  arrangement is set on Darko Dimitrov.  Now we have to focus step by step on finalizing the preparations and then together with the rest of the team we will work together on improving our presentation

WHO ARE EYE CUE?

The band was formed back in 2007 and have met notable success mostly in the Balkan region. In 2010 their song “Not This Time”, was one of the 20 most played videos that year on MTV Adria. In 2015 they won first prize in the local song festival Skopje Fest 2015. So far they have been a part of major festivals in Macedonia and the region like “Taksirat”, “Exit”, “Schengen Fest”, “Streets Fest”, “Vevchani”, “Pivolend”, “Ohrid Beach fest”, “Alarm”.

In December 2011, the band recorded a video for the song “Ne zaboravaj”, which a year later, is still popular on local media. On June 25th, 2012, the band’s new song, “Ista pateka” was promoted on MTV Adria where it immediately reached the chart’s number 2. On the local radio stations, this song held the number 1 position for at least 4 months. At the end of the year they received an award for the song as it was one of the five most played song on all the radio stations in the country. Also the song reached no. 11 on the annual MTV Adria Chart. 2013 was a big success for the band as they had two major hits with the songs “Son” and “Bobi bas mi e gajle”. “Son” climbed no. 4 and “Bobi bas mi e gajle” no.9 on the MTV Chart.

So far, their artistic activity in the music industry counts a number of pop-rock songs, so it is possible their Eurovision entry to be pretty much the same.

 

THE STORY SO FAR

Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, officially debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1998. However, the country had already made efforts to enter the contest two years before since the Eurovision Song Contest 1996’s pre-selection round where it submitted its first song entry, “Samo ti” (Само ти) sung by Kaliopi, which failed to qualify to the final thus eliminating the nation from competing for the first time.

The country’s best result was in 2006, when Elena Risteska sang “Ninanajna” (Нинанајна) in Athens, Greece and came 12th.

Last year the country was represented by Jana Burčeska and her  song “Dance Alone” who despite her dynamic performance didn’t make it to the final.