North Macedonia: Vasil Garvanliev to Eurovision 2021

North Macedonia: Vasil Garvanliev to Eurovision 2021

MRT, the North Macedonian national broadcaster, has invited back Vasil Garvanliev to represent the country at Eurovision 2021 in Rotterdam. 

Vasil join the list of ESC 2020 hopefuls who will be returning at this year’s edition of the Eurovision Song Contest , as North Macedonia confirmed that Vasil Garvanliev will fly the flag in Rotterdam. This marks the 23rd act confirmed for the 2021 contest. 

The news have been confirmbe by Vasil himself through his official twitter account  expressing his excitement and gratitude for getting a second chance to complete his Eurovision journey, after last year’s cancellation of the contest due to the covid-19 pandemic. 

MRT will be holdng an open song selection in order to determine Vasil’s Eurovision 2021 entry. Interested song writers and composers should send their entries to the broadcaster via the email address until January 27

About Vasil

Vasil Garvanliev was born 2 November 1984 in Strumica, also known mononymously as Vasil . He began his musical journey at the age of 7 , when he participated in some of the most popular children’s festivals in North Macedonia. Later on he moved with his parent to the United States, where he attended a children’s choir of Chicago.

In the year’s to follow he attended more than 50 opera performances at music festivals accross the globe and has collaborated with some of the most talented acts in the world. After returning back to North Macedonia in 2018, he released 3 successful singles (Gjerdan, Patuvam και Mojata Ulica), while his first concerts on home soil last November was sold out .

His first solo concert in his native Strumica in November 2019 was sold out and showcased his vast musical experience from across the world.

The Eurovision Story so far 

The Balkan country debuted at the comeptition in 1998 with the name FYR Macedonia. As FYR Macedonia the country attempted to compete for the first time at the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo with Kaliopi, but didn’t make through the special premliminary audio semi-final. During the 19 years of participation the best result came in 2019 with  Tamara Todevska and her entry “Proud” which finished 7th in the final , while it has qualified only 9 times in the final.

In 2019 internally selected Tamara , not only interrupted the six years of non qualifying results by coming 7th in the final, but also achieved to top the jury voting. This was the country’s first top ten placing.

This year Vasil  was internally selected  to represent the country at Eurovision 2020 with his entry “You”  but unfortunately didn’t have the chance to complete his Eurovision journey as the contest was cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Up to date the country’s broadcaster, hasn’t yet unveiled its intentions for Eurovision 2021 regarding its ESC 2020 hopeful.

News Source: MRT

Angelo D.

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