Last year, Tamara Todevska gave North Macedonia its best Eurovision result ever with “Proud”. Now broadcaster MRT has confirmed the next artist who will represent the country. Macedonian singer Vasil Garvanliev will be North Macedonia’s act for Eurovision 2020.
Vasil has previously been hotly tipped to represent North Macedonia at Eurovision. One year ago, we included him on our Eurovision wishlist for North Macedonia. But now the speculation has become a reality.
In a statement, Vasil spoke about his excitement. He said: “I am beyond honoured to present my country at the Song Contest in Rotterdam and I can hardly wait to put all my experience and knowledge into creating a magical journey that will touch people’s heart across Europe.”
Vasil is no stranger to Eurovision. In Tel Aviv he was one of three backing vocalists who helped Tamara Todevska win the Eurovision jury vote en route to securing North Macedonia’s best-ever finish.
— Tamara Todevska (@TamaraTodevska) May 2, 2019
Vasil’s song for Eurovision 2020 will be released at a future date.
Who is Vasil Garvanliev? Meet North Macedonia’s Eurovision 2020 star
Vasil was born and raised in North Macedonia. He began inching toward celebrity as a child, having made his professional stage debut at the age of seven. But during the Balkan conflict of the 1990s, his family fled to the United States. He eventually established himself as an opera singer in Canada.
But he’s not just limited to opera. In 2016, Vasil contributed backing vocals to several tracks on Chance the Rapper’s critically acclaimed album Coloring Book.
Now back in North Macedonia, Vasil is focusing on his own solo music career. In October, he released his single “Patuvam”. The song takes traditional Balkan sounds but builds a contemporary track — one that comes with flourishes of dance and pop.
Vasil explained it to us like this:
“‘Patuvam’ is a celebration of love through dance and voguing. Getting in touch with your inner child who is made of pure curiosity and love, ready to take on any challenge in the world. The lyrics go like, ‘I travel with an empty backpack but a full soul. I travel where the dream is a dream come true.’ […] In Macedonian media, many critics are already reviewing this as the first brave and bold move in queer culture and freedom.”
When wiwibloggs met Vasil Garvanliev
Wiwibloggs first met Vasil last year in Tel Aviv, where he was supporting Tamara Todevska. During our interview with him, the singer oozed quiet confidence and self-assurance. He seemed largely unfazed by all the hoopla surrounding North Macedonia’s 2019 entry and was focused on the music.
“Everyone keeps saying it’s a feminine song — women, women, women,” he said. “So from a guy perspective, it’s much deeper than that. Be proud of who you are, where you come from, what you have to say. I always say if you come from truth, this truth inside of you, no one can touch you.”
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