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.