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.

Kaliopi is the biggest star in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. She’s an exceptionally talented singer, composer, musician, poet and is also renowned for her humanitarian work domestically and with The United Nations. She takes her art very seriously. It was no surprise she needed an a cappella warm-up: she may look youthful, but she’s definitely old school. Kaliopi demonstrates that in a song contest you need to strip down the intro and belt it out with your voice. 10 out of 10 for that. The backdrop of an opera house is befitting for her mezzo-soprano voice.

But just as you get comfortable with her opening, she changes gear to Rock-a-Vision. This lady is not a one trick pony. She is as good a rock star as she was an opera star moments earlier. Her backing band pick up the pace in total synch with her. Even though most of her attention is fixed on the audience, she is clearly the conductor on stage. The wind machines add to the pizazz of it all. Simply put, Kaliopi is magic.

Wiwi: I’m going to keep this short and sweet: Lady needs to make the final! Her ability to mix opera and rock in a cohesive way proves her mettle as an artist. Her soprano shriek at the 3:00 mark melds the edginess of rock with the power of opera. If a lesser singer attempted this we’d laugh at them. But with Kaliopi I just sit back in awe.

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naty
naty
9 years ago

@Anthony – Its not about the ears, its just about the personal taste..you cant make everyone like what you like. Its that simple. Different people, different taste..I dont think anyone should comment on anyone’s taste on music.

Anthony
Anthony
9 years ago

naty, I think you definitely need to have your ears tested!

Daniela
Daniela
9 years ago

Amazing…love itt!! i think that was the best rehearsal of todays day

Gavin
9 years ago

This song is awsome. kaliope is awsome. The more i hear it the more i love it, the more i see it the mor i want it to wim.

Rebeka
Rebeka
9 years ago

I love this song. She has an amazing voice which might cause an earthquake in the arena in Baku. 🙂

Martin
Martin
9 years ago

Kaliopi I mean 🙂 soory 🙁

Martin
Martin
9 years ago

How could you dont love this!This is the best song on this year contest!!!
Kaliipoi the best!!!

naty
naty
9 years ago

I dont like this song at all and I dont like her voice either. Not my cup of tea. I just like the electric guitar riffs that start at 1:50 and also that high note at 3:04 is awesome!