After finishing 15th in his semi-final, only managing to beat the acquired taste that was PKN’s “Aina mun pitää,” Daniel Kajmakoski was optimistic about the future. He told wiwibloggs that he’d had a blast and planned to return to Eurovision very soon. Now summer has arrived in Ohrid, and Mr Kajmakoski is cranking up the heat in his new single, “10 Leta.”
The song – translating to ’10 summers’ – is an uplifting piece of guitar-pop perfection. Daniel sings about his love for a very special lady, stating “even after one summer, 10 I will celebrate.” In the video we see him canoodle with his lover in a restaurant, on a boat, in a lake, by the campfire, in a hammock (basically a lot of canoodling). The song was produced by Darko Dimitrov, the same man responsible for the production of the country’s entries in 2006, 2013 and 2014, as well as Elhaida Dani’s “I’m Alive” this year. Watch out Ralph Siegel, cos Eurovision’s got a new veteran!
The release of this song follows the apparent trend in Macedonian Eurovision stars’ careers to send a mess to Eurovision, and then follow it up with an absolute corker as their next single. First, Lozano releases the feel-good summer anthem, “Mandarina“, after sending a song that sounded more like a goat being sacrificed than a Eurovision entry. Then, after the cringey wannabe dance-hit “To The Sky,” in Copenhagen, Tijana gives us Balkan ska realness in “Paranemija”. And now, after the soulless ballad “Autumn Leaves,” Daniel gives us this little treat. We don’t know who will represent Skopje in 2016, but all we can say is, please consider sending your second single to Stockholm instead!