Last month he was confirmed as North Macedonia‘s act for Eurovision 2021. Now Vasil has confirmed the title of his song for Rotterdam. He will sing “Here I Stand” — and it’s a song with a deeply personal message.

Vasil broke the news of the song title on social media. As well as sharing the cover art, he also talked about the creative process behind writing the song:

“In the middle of the chaos and whirlwind of disappointments last year, I wrote “Here I Stand” in one breath without any specific aim or focus.

“I think it rose out of one of those special and rare moments in life when you are at one with yourself: able to let emotions flow in their purest form without self-judgment, freely and sincerely.

“I am deeply honoured that I will have the opportunity to represent Macedonia at Eurovision with a song inspired by my personal journey. They say that every human being carries at least one song within themselves. “‘Here I Stand’ is that song for me. I can hardly wait to perform it for you on the Eurovision stage! Thank you all for your love and support. Stay tuned and see you soon.”

And Vasil is representing his pronouns. On the cover art, “Here I Stand” is shown abbreviated as “HIS” — further suggesting the personal connection of the lyrics and Vasil’s creative involvement.

 

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Vasil prepares to record “Here I Stand”

“Here I Stand” was internally selected by Vasil and a panel of Macedonian TV music professionals. While the panel has a “high number” of songs to consider from around Europe, it was Vasil’s own song that stood out the most.

Vasil wrote the melody and lyrics of “Here I Stand” and he will be working with Borche Kuzmanovski and Davor Jordanovski on the arrangement and production of the song.

The song will be recorded with a live symphonic orchestra at the FAMES studio in Skopje. As well, backing vocals will be recorded in Chicago by former members of the acclaimed Chicago Children’s Choir. Vasil himself is an alum of the choir and has worked with them many times since. Using the Chicago choir singers for backing vocals is something Vasil will be able to replicate with the new Eurovision 2021 rules allowing pre-recorded backing vocals.

And while details are known of the song title and the plans for recording, Vasil hasn’t said when the song will be released.

Vasil’s Eurovision journey

Vasil first graced the Eurovision stage in 2019 as a backing singer for Tamara Todevska, who went on to win the jury vote and finish seventh overall with the song “Proud”.

In 2020, Macedonian broadcaster MKRTV internally selected Vasil to represent the country as the main artist. His entry “You” was also internally selected. Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus pandemic, last year’s contest was cancelled and Vasil was unable to perform.

MKRTV has now selected him again for Eurovision 2021, where Vasil will finally get his chance to sing at the contest as the lead artist.

What do you think? What kind of style do you think “Here I Stand” will have? Tell us your thoughts below!

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Margarita
Margarita
4 months ago

I just hope the song won’t be inspired by some LGBT experience he had.

Kristijan
Kristijan
4 months ago

Hopefully it comes up something similar like Jamala 2016! But not as emotional…

Ria van de Velde
Ria van de Velde
4 months ago

I can ‘t wait to hear the song !! I am very curious !! Good Luck Vasil, Blow us away !!!

Peppa Pig ?
Peppa Pig ?
4 months ago

Lol I thought that the song was going to be released today and I watched MRTV the whole day only to realise that only the name of the song was released. I was a bit disappointed but that’s what you expect from our country lol

Sean
Sean
4 months ago

GLNM (ood uck orth acedonia)!
Love the way he does this on all his posts haha

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago

I enjoy the “Here I Stand” and “HIS” spiel, but I don’t like the fact that in this photos he’s either looking down or sitting down with his side/profile facing the viewer. The latter does remind me of Chingiz 2019 with the fur and all, BUT it’s not the same. I’m not feeling inspired, it’s like a Stand there until you get tired situation.I hope I’ll enjoy the song.

Azaad
Azaad
4 months ago

The fact that he wrote it himself means it’ll at least be more personal to him, and that can only be a good thing. Although with that title I just imagine him singing let it go from frozen, which honestly, isn’t a bad thing either!

Denis
Denis
4 months ago

Hope its more promising than the generic unispired title.

Jofty
Jofty
4 months ago
Reply to  Denis

No more or less than generic than “Proud”. And no bought-in nonsense such as Cyprus, Malta or Switzerland. Looking forward to hearing this hope he surprises you all.

Denis
Denis
4 months ago
Reply to  Jofty

I didn’t have hope for Proud either. And I was correct. A standard generic preachy song that was helped by outstanding performance.

Jofty
Jofty
4 months ago
Reply to  Denis

Agree, still don’t understand how it won Jury Final

Una
Una
4 months ago
Reply to  Jofty

It was a textbook “jury bait” song. I didn’t like the song nor the performance but I wasn’t surprised when it eventually won. “Toy” as a winner the previous year has had the effect of more woman-related empowerment songs in the next years. Nothing genuine. Only empty slogans and trends. Even coming last/second-last.

Jofty
Jofty
4 months ago
Reply to  Una

Sisters not doing it for themselves

Una
Una
4 months ago

A self-penned song!! Great news from North Macedonia!! I am really looking forward to Vasil’s song. To be be able to perform your own song on that big stage must be a huge gift. Bring the song on, please!!

athena for armenia 2021
athena for armenia 2021
4 months ago

am i the only one who really loved “you”? i had it in my top 5 omg-

Ffs
Ffs
4 months ago

cringe

Az*rbaijan
Az*rbaijan
4 months ago
Reply to  Ffs

Lol exactly

waitaminuteholdon
waitaminuteholdon
4 months ago
Reply to  Ffs

cringe is eurofans calling anything that comes out of Dotter a masterpiece, cause she wouldn’t know one if you showed it to her

Tom
Tom
4 months ago

Czech Republic 2016 has entered the chat

Andi
Andi
4 months ago
Reply to  Tom

“I stand” is my second favourite song of the last ten years!! I doubt that Vasil will stand any “greater” 😉

Kristijan
Kristijan
4 months ago
Reply to  Tom

Omg yes! Why has this got me thinking about Gabriela Guncikova ?

Paul
Paul
4 months ago

I actually loved last years! My taste was very different to everyone else’s last year though!

Erasmus
Erasmus
4 months ago

He is one of the few artists that I have no excitement for unfortunately.. I just don’t enjoy any of his music and he seems nice, but I don’t feel any star quality coming from him.. and I kinda feel it’s gonna be really hard for him in the first semi.. it’s a shame that Macedonia qualified and achieved such a great result, but now they are most likely back to their old habits..

Erasmus
Erasmus
4 months ago
Reply to  Erasmus

yeahh true I loved their entries in 2017 and 2018 – both are in my top 10 (studio wise).

Donald
Donald
4 months ago
Reply to  Erasmus

“Patuvam” is very good.

Kristijan
Kristijan
4 months ago
Reply to  Erasmus

I think now that Tamara achieved the best result, they should probably have a good idea of how to stage an act which can go into the top 10 right? ?

Last edited 4 months ago by Kristijan
Robert
Robert
4 months ago

https://youtu.be/D2nODCfBb5k

Has anyone seen this? Such fun.. The hosts of this year’s Eurovision did a spoof on Eurovision 1976.. So nice

GiornoGiovanna
GiornoGiovanna
4 months ago

Unlike “You”, “Here I Stand” sounds like a promising song title.

GiornoGiovanna
GiornoGiovanna
4 months ago
Reply to  GiornoGiovanna

The more dislikes my comment gets the more I’ll laugh if I am right. Lmao

Louka
Louka
4 months ago

I think there’s a mistake, is it Here I am or Here I stand? If it’s the first one, it will be funny because it’s also the English translation for France’s Voilà.

Franck
Franck
4 months ago
Reply to  Louka

Actually, it would translate as «Me voilà» or «Me voici».