And we’re off! The 2015 national final season has officially begun, with FYR Macedonia making a welcome return to the NF circuit after three consecutive internal selections. There was glitter and flashing lights aplenty, but the stakes were high. After intense competition between 20 acts, we’re pleased to report that Daniel Kajmakoski will represent FYR Macedonia at Eurovision 2015 with “Lisja esenski”. The entry is composed by Joacim Persson,with lyrics from Aleksandar Mitevski and Daniel Kajmakoski himself.

Daniel Kajmakoski “Lisja Esenski” Skopje Fest Winner 2014

Daniel Kajmakoski “Lisja Esenski” Studio Version

50% of the overall votes came from the televotes during tonight’s show, with the other 50% coming from the international expert jury panel, who based their votes on Tuesday night’s dress rehearsal.

Skopje Fest 2014 Results

SkopjeFest_2014_Overall_Results

In the end, Daniel won ahead of 2008 Eurovision participant Tamara Todevska. He finished 2nd with the international jury (10 points) and 1st on the televoting results (12 points), giving him a grand total of 22 points. Tamara took the jury top spot (12 points) but only finished 3rd on televoting (8 points), giving her a total of 20 points.

Guest performances during the show came from former Eurovision participants Karolina Goceva (2002, 2007) and Kaliopi (2012).

Tijana Dapcevic represented the country at Copenhagen with “To The Sky”, finishing 13th in the semi-final with 33 points. Will Daniel Kajmakoski do any better in Vienna?

YOU CAN FOLLOW ALL OF OUR MACEDONIA EUROVISION 2015 NEWS HERE.

 

Photo: Screenshot via Youtube

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Anastasia
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Anastasia

DANIEL, the best vocal in Europe !!!!!

Marina
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Marina

Lisja Esenski means Autumn Leaves. It’s actually a love song, she made his word from gray to colorfull and like they’re flying free in love like the autumn leaves in the wind…

cheesecake
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cheesecake

This is awesome! Good choice, Macedonia.

Adnan
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Adnan

This is fantastic. No words to say. Perfection

jr esc nl
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jr esc nl

ranting ruby it means autumn leaves

Deniz@TurkNL
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This is totally PERFECT! I love it!
I hope it ends up in the final.

SpirK
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SpirK

Not half bad, but there’s something missing on it. It needs something to be more dramatic. Anyway, they can take lessons from Ukraine, who every year picks a song that at first sounds bad and makes it a masterpiece. “Lisja Esenski” has the potential to be a really good song with some changes. I don’t know what changes they are, that’s their job. Even if it stays like this, i think it will obtain a 20th place on my top, the question is if it will make the semifinals. But it is too soon to answer.

Ranting Ruby
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Ranting Ruby

Please can someone – anyone! – tell me what “Lisja Essenski” means, or what the song is about? Lyrics are important! I need to know what he’s singing about! Please??? (I speak French and Italian if it helps) THANKS!

JS
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JS

Igor Cukrov (Croatia 2009) , Moje 3 (Serbia 2013), Danijel Kajmakoski (F.Y.R. Macedonia) huge star from many talent shows, who falled at Eurovision and flop cariers afther talent show and Eurovison.

PP
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PP

Instant star wili be finished like instant star Moje 3 from Serbia 2013 at Eurovision. Moje 3 won at Serbia national final 2013, only because thanks to strong media campaign, thank to huge fun suports who voted 20 times from 1 phone , and because 3 female singers be finalist at huge popular talent shows maybe one month before serbian final.

David
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David

Boring song, no ESC winner..

Thiefo
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My first impression is: not bad, but nothing memorable either. However for being the very first song, Daniel have the time to improve it, so let’s wait how this develops…

BunnyC
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It’s OK

Alex
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Alex

Lousy sound quality during the live performance, so thanks for the link to the studio version, MTD.

The song is quite average, really, but my lack of understanding of the lyrics probably doesn’t help. Reminds me of a certain recent song by Train in the same key whose title I don’t remember.

MTD
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MTD

For all those who doesn’t want to hear strange “live” noises during MRT’s broadcast – the studio version – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fk0HOxoIm5o

I think that it’s a weak song. It should be remade, add some “fine tunes” and repack it. Maybe that will add color.

Steven
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Steven

Fantastic Selection! Macedonia will do great next year, much better then the previous two years. The song is nice and great vocals. WELL DONE MACEDONIA

Bb
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Bb

It’s pretty good! Definitely an improvement from the last two years.

Easpag
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Easpag

The verse is weak, but the chorus is strong, and pretty catchy. Better than last year? Definitely. Will it qualify? If he can improve his vocals, and liven up the verse, probably.

Overall, pretty nice.

D
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D

I actually really like it. Macedonia is completely underestimated in ESC every year but hopefully Europe will be able to see how great this song is and vote it through now.

dok
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dok

I expected he to win,because he has incredible voice and is very popular in Balkan ,he is a star in progress.You can check his performance the song,,Red”performed on X-factor Adria.And the first name of song was ,,A perfect storm”,maybe in may will be this name.I’m satisfied,He is our pride

Mavision
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Mavision

Just a song title in a song contest xD Right. No I do like it a lot, just don’t get it is all 🙂

Ggmlr
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It’s just a song title, chill out haha

Daniela
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Daniela

I’m quite sure we’ll change the song!

Mavision
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Mavision

I’m not saying it couldn’t qualify @Branko. It seems nice now, because it fits with the current season. When it comes to May, why is he singing about autumn? Surely we want the year to go slower not faster (but not where Eurovision is concerned) Lol! At least you can eat cheesecake in any season 😛

bavarson
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bavarson

The singer is good, but he won the qualifications practically without song, so he has to make a difference.

Branko
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Branko

If a song about Cheesecake could qualify to Eurovision Final, why a song called Autumn Leaves couldn’t?

Aleksi
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Aleksi

Great choice Macedonia!

Branko
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Branko

My favorite won! Tamara was my number two though…

Calvin
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Calvin

It really should have been Tamara.

Staff Writer
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Great song and he’s quite handsome. Also, great shoes and great moves!

Mavision
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Mavision

Tamara was by far the best technically, but I do feel she would have got lost in the mix if she was sent to Vienna very easily. With a bit of polishing, this could be good. Way better than last years entry anyway (Sorry! #wobbleboard) but yes! I just don’t see how this is going to connect in Vienna, Autumn leaves. In May? Unless they make it like he can’t wait till it’s autumn again. I’m not sure, but for me this was my 3rd, behind Tamara and Nade! Was hoping for a sisterly reunion lol.

Alex
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Alex

Hoped Joce would win, but i’m happy with this decision. Glad that Tamara didn’t win!

Hebbuzz
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Hebbuzz

Bad choice, Martini Vucic 2.0. brrrrr

Well only uptempo man between 10 ballad ladies. No wonder he wins the televote.

Patrick
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Patrick

I really hope they fail again and leave the contest afterwords. Just like in Latvia, televoting should be forbidden in Macedonia!

Slavi
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Slavi

Yeah, Tamara was way better. Better song, better performance. Actually, Kajmakovski would’ve been my 9th choice… Oh well. Here’s to hoping they post-produce the crap out of it to make it exciting!

Catalina
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Catalina

Tamara nailed it. Bad decision.

Aaron
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Aaron

Oh and I am sad for Tamara. She deserved it too

Kjetil from Germany (My name is @esc_san_marino on Instagram :P)
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Well, he was my second so congrats

Aaron
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Aaron

Yes! I knew he would win from the very first note. Well done Macedonia , you will definitely be in the final this year. For once an act I wanted won! 🙂

Kjetil from Germany (My name is @esc_san_marino on Instagram :P)
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