Earlier this year he told us that he’d avoid opera despite his prowess in the genre. And on Sunday North Macedonia’s Eurovision 2020 star Vasil Garvanliev kept his promise, dropping his genre-crossing number “You”.

The song dovetails with the ESC 2020 theme #OpenUp. Vasil describes it this way:

“‘You’, is an invitation for everyone to connect, open up, dance, and celebrate the moment. We’ve all been there. The moment when that unexplainable thing happens and sensations take over you. The choice is yours: let go, put your dancing shoes on, celebrate, and just dance.”

North Macedonia at Eurovision 2020: Vasil “You”

The stylish video oozes raw sensuality as Vasil and a woman lock eyes before engaging in heated dance moves. This is how the Macedonian team describe the premise of the video.

“It’s 7am after a crazy night out. You’re at a bar choosing what to do next. In walks a person who shows that it takes just one look, one connection to make a difference and start a beautiful change for the better.”

Perhaps deploying his stage training, Vasil makes it clear he knows how to move and tell a story. The dance moves are not predictable. They’re contemporary and avant-garde. At times we think the female may crush him, at other times their bodies seem to be intertwined. This is a chance encounter that he doesn’t want to let go of: “We may only have tonight, hold me tight and let’s ignite … and for the moment I … just wanna dance with YOU.”

The beauty was brought to life by an all-star team. It was directed by Milena Vitman and recorded and edited by Gjorgi Vacev, and produced by Jellmaz Dervishi.

Vasil’s musical team includes Nevena Neskoska. She’s a Macedonian composer and producer who was born in Ohrid but raised in Chicago, where, coincidentally, Vasil spent much of this teenage years. Nevena wrote the song’s lyrics, along with Kalina Neskoska and Alice Schroeder. Nevena and Javier Lloret de Muller produced and arranged the track, and were later joined by Darko Dimitrov and Lazar Cvetkoski.

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Miguel
Miguel
6 months ago

Nice uptempo pop song. Macedonia always has good songs. Its catchy and contemporary, I like it!
I will wait for the live performance and the staging. That is what worries me about Macedonia.

Stephanie
Stephanie
6 months ago

I didn’t understood the hype last year, especially by the juries, and I’m not gonna understand this one… Meh… Next

Philip
Philip
6 months ago

North Macedonia is known for sending good/average/entertaining songs, but mess up everything else. North Macedonia has never been good at appealing to televotes, while they could actually win the jury. North Macedonia has a traditionally weak televote base. And if it is not the choreography, then it is the costimography, or the camera shots, or the weird facials or smth that doesn’t work.. So my expectations aren’t high for this one. Especially when the PR is amateurish and the video is just chaotic junk.

Zen
Zen
6 months ago
Reply to  Philip

Macedonia will SLAY!! 🙂

Philip
Philip
6 months ago
Reply to  Zen

more like not passing to the final, same buzz and then flop, as “Dance alone”, “Lost and found”, “To the sky”…

Philip
Philip
6 months ago

At least we know what words Vasil would now not be able to pronounce “Don’t be afraid to be who you are”. His video is like a message “Stay in the closet, pretend you are someone else”. The video could have been him singing with a bend in that bar and a couple of dancers passionately dancing. He is not good at dancing obviously anyhow. Another better concept for the video would have been if it was recorded outdoor like in a park and people would have been affected by the beat and start dancing with whomever they find around..… Read more »

Elena
Elena
5 months ago
Reply to  Philip

Park or no park…he is defining HIMSELF and his lead female dancer, and has brought the “intricate moment” between 2 individuals in a morning bar…nothing wrong with that…Macedonia to win for a change would be great

HHAHA
HHAHA
6 months ago

Damn , I love this !
It’s in my Top 10 !

Marcom
Marcom
6 months ago

I saw two rankings similar to mine on youtube. ESC Tory and XAZ.

1. Italy, 2. Germany, 3. Lithuania, 4. Russia?, 5. Azerbaijan?, 6. Norway, 7. Belgium, 8. Albania, 9. Greece, 10. Malta?,
11. Estonia, 12. Czech Republic, 13. Denmark, 14. Austria, 15. Belarus, 16. Sweden, 17. Iceland, 18. Switzerland, 19. Cyprus, 20. Spain
21. Portugal, 22. Poland, 23. Romania, 24. Serbia, 25. United Kingdom, 26. Australia, 27. Finland, 28. Georgia, 29. North Macedonia 30. Ireland
31. Ukraine, 32. San Marino, 33. Slovenia, 34. Armenia, 35. Croatia, 36. France, 37. Netherlands, 38. Bulgaria, 39. Latvia, 40. Moldova, 41. Israel.

Marcom
Marcom
6 months ago
Reply to  Marcom

Some changes.

1. Italy, 2. Germany, 3. Lithuania, 4. Russia?, 5. Azerbaijan?, 6. Norway, 7. Belgium, 8. Albania, 9. Greece, 10. Malta?,
11. Estonia, 12. Czech Republic, 13. Denmark, 14. Austria, 15. Belarus, 16. Sweden, 17. Iceland, 18. Switzerland, 19. Cyprus, 20. Spain,
21. Portugal, 22. Poland, 23. Romania, 24. Serbia, 25. United Kingdom, 26. Australia, 27. Finland, 28. Georgia, 29. North Macedonia, 30. Ireland,
31. Ukraine, 32. Slovenia, 33. Armenia, 34. Croatia, 35. Latvia, 36. France, 37. Netherlands, 38. Bulgaria, 39. Moldova, 40. San Marino, 41. Israel.

Ffs
Ffs
6 months ago

Whatever, girl …. whatever .

vox
vox
6 months ago

I am greek and damn i love it. They need good staging for this, otherwise it cant qualify in the bloodbath semi final

Jakub
Jakub
6 months ago

It seems that I’m only one of few people really liking it. I hope North Macedonia will qualify this year!

Safiya
Safiya
6 months ago

My first impression is that the song is not great but it’s also not awful. A little cheesy but the instrumental will probably stuck in our heads soon. Maybe it’s one of these songs that just need some time to grow on you. I also expected a more dynamic and powerful chorus but I feel that they were probably having a different, more relaxed vibe in mind.

Mr X
Mr X
6 months ago

Macedonia del Norte 2/10

noone
noone
6 months ago

“We’ve all been there… It’s 7am after a crazy night out. In walks a person who shows that it takes just one look, one connection to make a difference and start a beautiful change for the better.”
Have we all been there? Well I haven´t… now I feel even more depressed and lonely :-/

Anhel
Anhel
6 months ago
Reply to  noone

Yeah, it’s a pretty stupid description. Why would someone walk in a bar at 7AM anyway?

Marek
Marek
6 months ago
Reply to  noone

don’t be! you’re not the only one!

Esc1234
Esc1234
6 months ago

The song has nice rhythm and it’s memorable. It’s up to them to create a good staging and not destroying their songs as they did apart from Tamara

Polliu
Polliu
6 months ago

The chemistry is real???? Isn’t he an openly gay? If you mean him and the bartender, then I’m convinced.

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
6 months ago
Reply to  Polliu

oh look at that, the homophobe is back

Polliu
Polliu
6 months ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

Are you dumb or what ? Homophobe my ass!

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
6 months ago
Reply to  Polliu

wait whoa this is not the right comment I meant to reply to, I am sorry

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
6 months ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

meant to reply to someone called guitar heart, not you polliu, I sincerely apologise

Josh R
Josh R
6 months ago

It’s a bop!

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
6 months ago

sis this INSTRUMENTALLLLL

gilpgilp
gilpgilp
6 months ago

After further thought this is going to do really well. It’s another Switzerland 2019. From SF1 I see the following auto qualifiers:
Lithuania, Norway, Romania, Malta, Israel, North Macedonia, and Russia. Australia and Sweden borderline. Who else?

Polliu
Polliu
6 months ago
Reply to  gilpgilp

Really well??? She Got Me is miles better.
And on Mr. Scoreboard, the song is not so popular.

Rufus Buckmeier
Rufus Buckmeier
6 months ago
Reply to  gilpgilp

Australia and Sweden will qualify with ease. North Macedonia is borderline and more likely to not qualify than qualify.

noone
noone
6 months ago
Reply to  gilpgilp

I think qualifiers are: AUS, RUS, LIT, ROM, NOR, ISR, SWE, AZ, UKraine. Leaves only one spot open: if SLO and MK both vote for Croatia, then it will be borderline qualifier. Don’t see Macedonia qualifying, but it can surprise. But Slovenia, Belarus, Belgium and Cyprus are 100% non-qualifying.

BleuKnaveXD236
BleuKnaveXD236
6 months ago

I’m not really feeling this unfortunately… but good luck to him and North Macedonia at Rotterdam

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
6 months ago

The video: Daring, seductive, inappropriately brilliant; it slowly builds up to the end. It is tied with Greece as my favourite video of the season. (No, really, it is.) About the music: I love it. This might be my personal favourite song of the season. It has everything I like in it. 🙂 The verses smoothly draw me into the beat through the cool bluesy chords and suspensions. The Chorus has a great extension. There is development of the melody up the octave and down again. There are “cooldown” Bridges, and I love the backing track that shines through the… Read more »

Joe
Joe
6 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

I’m so happy you like it. It does my heart good when a divisive song finds a big proponent.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
6 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Indeed. I like to react to the music for what it is. I pay little attention to the hype or the PR. I do understand why some feel disappointed at the lack of gay representation in the video story. However, this representation may actually exist if you interpret the woman as hypnotising the man against his will. Hence: Daring, naughty, and possibly delightfully bisexual in subtext.

Franky
Franky
6 months ago

Everyone was hating on N. Macedonia with Proud before her live performances. This is great. It will stand out in the semi’s easily

jupiterian
jupiterian
6 months ago

i’ve been listening to this for 2 hours now haha, i guess i’m addicted to it
Anyway, my aunt is an astrologer and i asked her to do the winner prediction and she says Romania is going to win.

Dimitri
Dimitri
6 months ago
Reply to  jupiterian

Did you ask her if Vasil will qualify?

Denis
Denis
6 months ago

Didn’t expect this sound. But I like it. It has potential. With good staging this could work. And with all the slow songs in semi 1 this could stand out enough..

Tom Tom
Tom Tom
6 months ago

This will qualify over Sweden in SF1

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
6 months ago

I guess he wants to dance?

jim
jim
6 months ago

they used to send awesome songs like dance alone and lost and found.. now they send this

Polliu
Polliu
6 months ago

And he is in semi 1…The teams needs some amazing staging to make it work.

Sabrina
Sabrina
6 months ago

Any word on the Czech and Albanian revamps?

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
6 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

There’s probably an avalanche of uploads on the official channel tomorrow morning.

KESC
KESC
6 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Apparently, Albania’s revamp is almost finished. The final version will be presented in a few days.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
6 months ago
Reply to  KESC

Doesn’t everyone need to hand in their entries tomorrow, seeing as it is the deadline? How can it be just almost finished now when the deadline day is minutes away?

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
6 months ago

It is a “creative deadline”. 😀

Joe
Joe
6 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Technically, Albania had their song in months ago. As long as they have that in, they can tinker with it as long as they’d like.

Sabrina
Sabrina
6 months ago
Reply to  Joe

I believe Albania’s revamp is already finished by now, but maybe it will take longer to be presented because they normally do it together with the video.

About Czech Republic: there’s a post on Benny’s Instagram from 4 days ago about him coming back home after his revamp trip to Kenya.

Frau Loch
Frau Loch
6 months ago

Basically what happened yesterday is that all songtitles had to be submitted to the EBU. Revamps and/or changes to the song are still allowed.

Philou
Philou
6 months ago
Reply to  KESC

In English? Unfortunately not!!!

EscT
EscT
6 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Albania’s song is now finished and it maybe will be released tomorrow (meaning today lol). We have the new title “FALL FROM THE SKY”. Prepare for a brand new song i think this will change the Top-s either in a good or bad way.

Sabrina
Sabrina
6 months ago
Reply to  EscT

Arilena posted 2 hours ago in Instagram: “Fall From The Sky”
@eurovision

The new title is so different, I wonder if even the meaning of the song will be another. Also, she’s wearing white on the picture, which may indicate that they’re indeed going in a totally different direction.

Colin
Colin
6 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Which means that our preliminary ratings and reviews are now totally useless and we don’t know if we are in for a masterpiece, a disaster or anything in between…
PS. If the clips from Russian and Azeri songs are real…. no comment! 🙁
Again, I am grateful for Portugal and Finland picking stunning ballads. Sure, there’s quite a few of them, but I still love them! 🙂

Polliu
Polliu
6 months ago

………nope

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
6 months ago

Yeah the lyrics are pretty generic, but personally the instrumental saved it for me. I think we might’ve found this year’s fuego/she got me equivalent.

Rose
Rose
6 months ago

It’s not THAT bad. I think it’s pretty decent. It could qualify. Let’s not rule it out.

Bob
Bob
6 months ago

I like it! Good luck North Macedonia! The song is solid but it isn’t amazing and won’t qualify in and of itself. This will need a great show in Rotterdam, but if they pull it off, it can give them a good result.

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
6 months ago
Reply to  Bob

I think this might qualify! Keep in mind that this is not a strong year and most of the songs sound like they would not deserve to qualify any other year previous.

Hello hi
Hello hi
6 months ago
Jo.
Jo.
6 months ago
Reply to  Hello hi

really hope this isn’t the official song

JONAS
JONAS
6 months ago

Not exctatic, but like it (and what a relief adter the dullness of the Danish entry this weekend.)

MollieLouise
MollieLouise
6 months ago

I like it! The tango elements give it something we haven’t got already this year, nice effort North Macedonia?

Philip
Philip
6 months ago

The first part of the song isn’t bad but the second kinda failed to live up on the build up momentum from the first part.. it kinda stays flat, there is no bang, and therefore the outcome is meh.. as for the video.. wow, this is really embarrassingly low budget, amateurish, bad dancing, bad acting, no go video.. next, should I even say a word about the hype and the pathetic teasers that we saw in the past month.. well it seems like the other commentators already said everything – disappointing .. Honestly the teaser made me expect a song… Read more »

Tom
Tom
6 months ago

What about Azerbaijan, Russia, Malta ?

A random russian guy
A random russian guy
6 months ago
Reply to  Tom

Russia’s song will be first performed live both on the radio and on the TV on Friday, the 13th of March. Still not sure whether the audio or the video are going to be released before then. (The song has already been submitted to the EBU as required by the rules. Also, the team of NRJ radio who have listened to the song have said today: “This is going to become a major hit”. Most songs of LB are not really radio friendly)

eren
eren
6 months ago

it should be released tomorrow , it is the deadline

A random russian guy
A random russian guy
6 months ago
Reply to  eren

It is the deadline for submitting the song to the EBU, not release. Well, I have a feeling that it will be released tomorrow, however, no official information regarding that. At the moment we have official information about radio and live TV debut – 13th of March.

Jo.
Jo.
6 months ago

“This is going to be a major hit”…never heard that before…

Joe
Joe
6 months ago
Reply to  Tom

This little clip claiming to be the Russian entry just popped up on a YT channel:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tut7M-LLwSk
If it is, well…it sure is something…(Man, imagine if its jury scores are twelve points from Belarus and Azerbaijan and nothing else?)

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
6 months ago
Reply to  Joe

There’s….no way that that can actually be it.

Joe
Joe
6 months ago

I would doubt it too. No delegation could ever consider that an actual entry. (Then again, Switzerland heard “Celebrate” and thought that was worth sending, so who knows?)

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
6 months ago
Reply to  Joe

16 years ago. This is just a remix of a snippet that got leaked:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cc0J7csCPG8

Jo.
Jo.
6 months ago
Reply to  Joe

I’d only accept this if the staging was based on this video.

Army of Me
Army of Me
6 months ago
Reply to  Joe

The band has officially confirmed that all the “snippets” circulating on the internet are fake.

Leo M
Leo M
6 months ago

This is a step back for North Macedonia on recent years. Just you’re average pop song. Don’t think they’re qualifying

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
6 months ago
Reply to  Leo M

This year is sooooooo slow. It’s got a good chance just for the fact that it’s upbeat alone.

Alo
Alo
6 months ago

I like it,
and I do think he has a chance of qualifying.

sim514
sim514
6 months ago

Still waiting for Russia, Malta and Azerbaijan…

Maya
Maya
6 months ago

Hmmm…I don’t know why, but I have such a strong feeling that he is singing about some special lady, who is not there with him in the video, so that’s why there is no chemistry between him and the dancer… However, I like the song!!!

Sanscemo
Sanscemo
6 months ago

The straightwashing in this video is embarrassing.

JohntheGo
6 months ago

The song isn’t necessarily terrible (although I don’t think it’s amazing either), but this feels like a lesson in how NOT to tease a song. Don’t release a snippet teasing a modern ethnic pop song as a front for a fairly generic pop song.

gamarjoba
gamarjoba
6 months ago
Reply to  JohntheGo

Yeah, that’s annoying af but countries do it all the time. I remember how the Azerbaijani snippet last year and the Serbian one in 2017 all made us think we were in for some very ethnic-sounding tracks but in the end both of them turned out to be pretty standard pop songs.

Kung Frederick 90
Kung Frederick 90
6 months ago

OMG. Macedonia what a good song. Really cool . Thumbs up!!!!

A random russian guy
A random russian guy
6 months ago

Most countries want to win, but they lost the clue after both the winners of televoting and jury vote didn’t end in top-5 last year.

Frank Arthur
Frank Arthur
6 months ago

OMG This is really bad, sorry this dont like ,really not good NM this year.,dissapointed

Benji
Benji
6 months ago

The song is actually even better than I expected.

A random russian guy
A random russian guy
6 months ago

Like it! Can it be the highest in the former Yugoslavia bloc? It can.

Azaad
Azaad
6 months ago

I would say Serbia based on the fact they are competing with a full on dance song, have a well known act, and because they’ve done the best historically (this is considering factors other than the quality of the song, singers and staging)

Matt
Matt
6 months ago

There’s a video on YouTube for Samira Efendi called Cleopatra, not sure it’s been officially announced as the entry yet but looks like that’s what it is… there’s a lot going on in it that’s for sure. Even if it wasn’t Azerbaijan I’d still bet money this had Swedish song-writers.

Joe
Joe
6 months ago
Reply to  Matt

She’s working with a Dutch songwriting team

bryan
bryan
6 months ago
Reply to  Matt
Sabrina
Sabrina
6 months ago

There are interesting things happening in the background (some flamenco and tango hints, a balkan flavor), showing that they put a lot of thought on how to produce this one. But unfortunately, on the top of that, he’s just singing an average pop song. Loved the choreography in the video. Obviously, Vasil won’t be able to do that on the stage, but having dancers around him making avant-garde moves can be cool.

La la love
La la love
6 months ago

Overhyped. Didn’t live up to its expectations. But could still qualify amongst the other ballads