Macedonian news portal Plus info quotes Esma Razdepova firmly denying the anti-gay remarks printed in the Serbian paper “Kurir”, which created an international media storm around the 69-year old Eurovision contestant from FYR Macedonia by alleging that she was homophobic.
Esma & Lozano may be performing “Pred da sa razdeni” during the second semi-final, but plenty of y’all are still thinking about their original entry “Imperija”. According to our poll, a whopping 70% of you prefer it to the number they’ll actually be singing. wiwiblogger Deban Aderemi recently caught up with the duo in Malmö […]
Wiwi: In the clip below we see Lozano singing on stage while Esma stands in the background preparing to caterwaul and shake her head. This is yet another reminder that the act is not actually Esma & Lozano, but rather “Lozano featuring Esma”. In any case, Lozano’s vocals were as strong as we had hoped […]
Earlier today the Wiwi Jury—our in-house panel of music unprofessionals—pulled out a map and tried to locate Skopje. We then hitchhiked our way to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to review Esma & Lozano’s Eurovision song “Pred da se razdeni”. Did Esma’s cat-calling draw us in? Or did we want to tranquilize her? Read […]
The team behind Esma and Lozano don’t have much faith in themselves. When the duo unveiled “Imperija” earlier this year, critics in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia complained and then choked on their own disgust. The state broadcaster questioned the original song and then threw together an alternative called “Pred da se razdeni” (Before […]
Depending on who you are, Esma & Lozano’s “Imperija” is either an ingenious blend of folk and pop—or a hot mess. We haven’t yet found the lyrics in English, so aren’t totally sure what they’re singing about….or what a young pop star and an old Gypsy Queen have to say to each other. But we […]
Last year, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia finally took Eurovision seriously by dispatching Kaliopi. She wowed televoters and the professional jury to land her country in the top half of the final scoreboard. I adore Kaliopi not just for her musical ability, but because she’s always good fun to hang out with.
Deban: It’s no secret: I’m in love with Kaliopi and her song “Crno i belo.” This video interview is one of the reasons why. However, for the sake of our readers, I’ll be as objective as possible about her first rehearsal.