Another song release date has been confirmed for Eurovision 2021. Vasil has confirmed that his song for Rotterdam “Here I Stand” will be released on Thursday 11 March. He’s also shared a snippet of the song, which reveals it includes a gospel choir.

Vasil shared the news with a post on social media. The announcement was accompanied by a short clip of the song.

 

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The song clip features a gospel choir singing a cappella. The lyrics suggest the song will have an uplifting message, of surviving and growing stronger in the face of adversity. The choir sings:

They all tried to break us
Not knowing it’s what makes us
This is how we found our way

The backing vocals were 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.

Vasil’s social media announcement also features photos of five other people, likely to be members of his backing choir. Using the Chicago-based choir singers for backing vocals is something Vasil will be able to replicate with the new Eurovision 2021 rules allowing pre-recorded backing vocals.

The song was recorded with a live symphonic orchestra at the FAMES studio in Skopje.

Vasil joins Ana Soklič in taking advantage of the new Eurovision rules to include a big gospel choir sound in his entry. Ana Soklič debuted her gospel-infused single “Amen” on Saturday.

Vasil’s “Here I Stand” will be released on 11 March

And fans won’t have long to wait until they can get a first listen to “Here I Stand”. Vasil has confirmed the song will be released on Thursday 11 March — just ten days time.

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 of the “Here I Stand” snippet? What sort of staging would work best with the song? Tell us your thoughts below!

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Peppa Pig ?
Peppa Pig ?
2 months ago

This looks really promising from our country. Idk if we’ll qualify since we’re in the first semi final but it looks like a great song judging from the snippet

Get it?
Get it?
2 months ago

This year’s hot topic is gospel, as we see we’ve come from the Dark Side like Fallen Angels, and all artists are singing all about it to You, Amen!

Jimmy Smit
2 months ago

I listened to the snippet. I read the article. I came to post something positive for Vasil. And before doing so I read the comments, and I wish I hadn’t. Really makes me wonder what is going wrong in the world at the moment, when even on wiwibloggs people can’t just comment about the song and get bogged down in so much bickering, negativity, and hateful nonsense. You are sucking the joy out of everything this year.

GuitarHeart
GuitarHeart
2 months ago

This makes me think of classical Queen-songs from the 70s / 80s. Might be promissing if the end result is as dynamic

Safiya
Safiya
2 months ago
Reply to  GuitarHeart

Same! That was my first thought!

Héctor
Héctor
2 months ago

Can’t be worse than last year.

GuitarHeart
GuitarHeart
2 months ago
Reply to  Héctor

Or 2019….

Zigl
Zigl
1 month ago
Reply to  Héctor

oh yes it can, just wait for it…

Fabio
Fabio
2 months ago

It’s really obvious you had a problem with the country, not with their songs. You couldn’t be even more biased.

Aan Gomes Branco
Aan Gomes Branco
2 months ago
Reply to  Fabio

What a bunch of hateful and xenophobic bullpoop. “Paradox of the far left” says everything about you.

Whisker
Whisker
2 months ago

That nail polish.

Ria van de Velde
Ria van de Velde
2 months ago

Well. I must say that I am looking forward to hear the whole song, based on the little snap
This sounds promising.

PP77
PP77
2 months ago

I don t like idea of pre recording backing vocalist, I think EBU make mistake and in future maybe EBU decide to lead singer can sing also on playback.

Benny Hill
2 months ago
Reply to  PP77

That’s never going to happen. Don’t worry.

PP77
PP77
2 months ago
Reply to  Benny Hill

They said Australia is guest in ESC 2015 and second time they will sang only if Australi won the contest in 2015. They got ticket to sing to 2023.
They said pre recorder backin vocals will be only in 2021.

Azaad
Azaad
2 months ago
Reply to  PP77

Pre recorded backing vocals are being used in part due to Covid. My guess is that if delegations abuse it we’ll revert to live backing for 2022.

A compromise would be to insist on live backing, but to let delegations have two backing singers offstage, giving you 2 extra people who could be used for dancing.

Tom Ripley
Tom Ripley
2 months ago

Another gospel??
We alreday have Amen 2x…

Hallelujah!!

Mircs
Mircs
2 months ago

Ok, so “Here I stand and I can’t help it” is a famous quote of Martin Luther, which often is used when it comes to LGBTQ*-Groups within christianity. I wouldn’t be surprised if this turns out to be – next to the gospel choir – another religious inspired / motivated song.

Azaad
Azaad
2 months ago
Reply to  Mircs

Well Vasil is gay, so I highly doubt he’ll come with an evangelical preachy song.

Teddi
Teddi
2 months ago
Reply to  Azaad

I’m gay and Christian. Lol. Why can’t he be both?

Mircs
Mircs
2 months ago
Reply to  Azaad

That’s the point of this used quote from LGBTQ*-christians. It’s often interpreted as a ‘born this way’ and ‘god loves me as I am’-statement. Also I don’t see the highly anticipated seperation of people with other sexual orientations and beliefe itself. It’s not necessarily mutually exclusive. But that’s just a point of view.

Last edited 2 months ago by Mircs
Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
2 months ago
Reply to  Azaad

Most preachers are gay.

Mircs
Mircs
2 months ago
Reply to  Azaad

Correct me if I’m wrong but isn’t Ana Soklic openly lesbian?

Colin
Colin
2 months ago

So, it seems that the majority of the contest might be:

  • Gospel songs
  • Disco throwbacks
  • Sexy diva bops
  • Quirky / jokey songs

Nothing wrong with that, just an observation. 😉
Few songs with religious vibes bring me back to 1999 (Maria Magdalena, Journey to Jerusalem, Diamond of Night…).
I sometimes like a good spiritual song, but it mustn’t be preachy or judgmental.
But a serious question remains – To what degree can a song be about religion / politics and still be able to participate? Is there a direct guideline?

Mircs
Mircs
2 months ago
Reply to  Colin

These were glorious days for Croatia back then.

Una
Una
2 months ago
Reply to  Colin

And a few gems like Finland so far 🙂

cipollino
cipollino
2 months ago
Reply to  Una

Finland falls into the sexy diva bops category.

PP77
PP77
2 months ago
Reply to  Colin

1999 we had that kind of song, because contest was in Jerusalem city and Israel country. If we had contest in UK if UK won in 1998, we didn had that song Maria Magdalena or Journey to Jerusalem.
This year remind me more on ESC 1995, many slow, balllad song , only few was uptempo. And uptempo song had good result (if we had that uptempo song in 1994,1996 they would had worse result . France 1995 would flop in 1994 or 1996.

Jofty
Jofty
2 months ago
Reply to  Colin

I was kind of hoping Vasil’s song would be from your category #3, but never mind, I’m just glad he’s back.

MTD
MTD
2 months ago

Is it me or whenever this artist and North Macedonia are being mentioned here, we have a parade of “no, thanks” comments, even when the news about those two is unoffensive…

I mean, does North Macedonia has the bad rep per se or what?

Aleksandar
Aleksandar
2 months ago
Reply to  MTD

Yeah, our neighbors in general don’t like us,bfor various reasons. Basically whoever shares a border with us, their governments pick up political points by painting us as an enemy that they’re protecting against (for mostly fabricated/ridiculous reasons). But also, I’m Macedonian and hate both of Vasil’s songs. I know this one isn’t out yet but from the snippet it looks like we’re getting trite lyrics, an unnecessary gospel choir and a preachy message. I wish our broadcaster would stop doing internal selections since only people with connections get sent (that’s why we got Tamara twice, her sister, and a pretty… Read more »

Zigl
Zigl
2 months ago
Reply to  Aleksandar

i am the one who liked your comment and i agree with what you say because it is the truth, not because you are hater..

Az*rbaijan
Az*rbaijan
2 months ago

I can’t help but think of Slavko gay @ss when i see this man lmao

WannaEatMySpaghetti
WannaEatMySpaghetti
2 months ago
Reply to  Az*rbaijan

Psycho

Mariko
Mariko
2 months ago

Call me old-fashioned, whatever you want, but a gospel choir with a white singer at the front feels so… unauthentic.
But I still prefer this preview over Ana’s.

Amadeus
Amadeus
2 months ago
Reply to  Mariko

North Macedonia loves doing this. To bad results, unsurprisingly. They did it in 2015. They were RnB singers, mind you. But your point still applies.

Last edited 2 months ago by Amadeus
Una
Una
2 months ago
Reply to  Mariko

I have a very specific image in my mind when I hear “gospel”. I mean in the traditional sense. That Austria 2018 and Sweden 2019 won and nearly won the jury vote – those were European men of colour; however that alone boggles the mind. Whatever their personal or artistic identity – at least their songs sounded genuine.

All we need is Ukraine singing K-pop or Romania a “Bollywood”-inspired song because why not?

Jofty
Jofty
2 months ago
Reply to  Una

Or a sea shanty from Armenia

Una
Una
2 months ago
Reply to  Jofty

Armenia is landlocked AFAIR so ok.

Benny Hill
2 months ago
Reply to  Mariko

Right. Educate yourself, please. Gospel is not just black gospel. This is just the image embedded in a lot of people’s minds due to cinematography, although Sister Act is actually a good example.

James
James
2 months ago
Reply to  Mariko

As mentioned, Vasil and his back-up vocalists were a part of the same children’s choir when he was living in Chicago, IL as a refugee so I’m sure what they have is a lot more genuine.

Dee
Dee
2 months ago
Reply to  Mariko

Be careful you will get accused of being “racist” next

Myoozik
Myoozik
2 months ago

“It has a gospel choir”

WELL OF COURSE IT DOES

#religioussongcontest2021

voix
voix
2 months ago

gospel north macedonian choir, i mean it doesnt sound promising but lets see

medo
medo
2 months ago

Macedonia and gospel… I have to laugh. 😀

AndersP
AndersP
2 months ago

I’ll reserve judgement until I hear the song, but feels like the backing track will be doing an awful lot of the work.

Azra
Azra
2 months ago

Oh Lordi, hope he doesn’t pull another Daniel Kajmakoski (Macedonia 2015) on us.

BeepBoop
BeepBoop
2 months ago

Gospel choirs seem to be a pattern this year! I am not against them, they are pretty uplifting, specially in such hard times, but I am afraid that if similar songs are performed on the same semifinal, or even close to each other in the final running order… people will lose interest in the entire thing ._.

Jofty
Jofty
2 months ago
Reply to  BeepBoop

I think this was inevitable when it was announced pre-recorded backing vocals were permitted. It is a free-for-all. So it might improve the chances of something a little more stripped back.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
2 months ago

Are Ana and Vasil trying to convince us that we don’t need the Mamas or something? 😉

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
2 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

No need to be convinced of that. The song speaks for itself.

Amadeus
Amadeus
2 months ago

No no no no! I really liked his song last year but I don’t like this at all.

NickC
NickC
2 months ago

I have a feeling all those “religious gospel sounds”, “quirky adorable nerds” and “Salvador Sobral and Billie Eilish hybrids” may cancel each other out, and the winner may be someone who offers something different, refreshing. A bit like Jamala in 2016, who stood about among a sea of generic pop songs, or Salvador Sobral in 2017 who stood out in the sea of fireworks.

Luk
Luk
2 months ago
Reply to  NickC

Maybe Poland and Armenia will surprise us positively !?

Paul
Paul
2 months ago
Reply to  NickC

Do you mean Germany?!

NickC
NickC
2 months ago
Reply to  Paul

Unfortunately he is the weakest of quirky nerds

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
2 months ago
Reply to  NickC

Based of uniqueness in Eurovision, Barbara Pravi looks like this year’s Salvador Sobral.

Last edited 2 months ago by GojoSatoru
Aan Gomes Branco
Aan Gomes Branco
2 months ago
Reply to  GojoSatoru

I hope so! Her song is so unique. And 100% no one will do her genre.

Leo
Leo
2 months ago

Who said sf1 is gonna be strong??
Dude…it’s going to be the boring one with all these gospel-inspired songs
I believe only Russia,Romania,Lithuania or maybe Australia and Belgium could save this semi!

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
2 months ago
Reply to  Leo

Slovenia and Macedonia that’s only 6 minutes of gospel. I think we’ll be fine

Escfan
Escfan
2 months ago
Reply to  Leo

Um what, most of the songs that have been released are from semi 1 and many people have ranked those songs highly in their top lists and videos. Also, it was initially referred to as the stronger semi because countries that have done historically well and or continuing to do well eg Sweden, Russia, Cyprus, Norway, Malta etc are in the first semi. As for the gospel songs, there’s only 2 out of what 17,18 that are gospel like. Yes there probably will be more ballads added too but actually most of the songs in this semi are mid or… Read more »

Jofty
Jofty
2 months ago
Reply to  Leo

Ha ha I don’t think we’ll be getting gospel or choirs from Belgium. Unless they are influenced by Love Shine A Light.

Teddi
Teddi
2 months ago

It’s really gross to read such ignorant comments about religion. Let people believe in what they want to believe. Y’all obviously never heard for respect.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
2 months ago
Reply to  Teddi

Ever heard of free speech, pray tell?

Teddi
Teddi
2 months ago

You can’t preach Free Speech just when you think it’s appropriate. But yes, absolutely Free Speech – but Free Speech shouldn’t be discriminatory or unkind.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
2 months ago
Reply to  Teddi

lol so in your opinion, you get to dictate what free speech is? You seem to have a great understanding of the term. So, can I assume that your unkind comments about Nina Kraljic and Benny Cristo are a violation of free speech, according to your own logic? Bad boy. 😉

Last edited 2 months ago by Mr Vanilla Bean
Teddi
Teddi
2 months ago

Not really. All I said about Nina was that she went crazy on her Instagram to rat about being robbed. I didn’t attack any group or anyone based on their religion, gender, orientation or so – which you did.

Jimmy Smit
2 months ago
Reply to  Teddi

The whole exhange is depressing, especially when so many people are intent on being disagreeable.

Last edited 2 months ago by Jimmy Smit
Frisian esc
Frisian esc
2 months ago
Reply to  Teddi

These comments are really mild tho.. almost nobody’s hating on religion? The reaction of ‘too many religion songs’ in this years esc is exaggerated tho. We only have 2 amens and now this one song with gospel. El diablo is the typical euro bop and fallen angel is a pop love song at the end of the day.

Last edited 2 months ago by Frisian esc
Teddi
Teddi
2 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

I haven’t read a single comment saying “too many gay singers at Eurovision”, or “too many songs about sex”… but of course when it comes to God – here we are.

Jamie
Jamie
2 months ago
Reply to  Teddi

No one complains about too many gay singers or sex songs at Eurovision because there aren’t many. Unless you make personal assumptions on who’s gay or not.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
2 months ago
Reply to  Teddi

That’s because gays and sex are usually more fun than god. People are allowed to joke about religion, you know. Just as all 41 countries are allowed to sing about an imaginary friend.

waitaminuteholdon
waitaminuteholdon
2 months ago
Reply to  Teddi

Wrong page mama, wrong page.

Myoozik
Myoozik
2 months ago
Reply to  Teddi

Yes, you are right, hurting the feelings of religious people is 100% not the same thing as attacking people for their sexual orientation or something else that they can’t change. Sure, you can argue that it’s mean and unnecessary but come on. Nobody is being oppressed for being religious. At least not as a Christian in most European countries. In fact, for many centuries, it was the other way around. Also, I’ve totally read people complaining about there being too many LGBT songs on here. And these people usually are very homophobic. Most people I’ve seen talk about how there… Read more »

Last edited 2 months ago by Myoozik
waitaminuteholdon
waitaminuteholdon
2 months ago
Reply to  Teddi

I think considering you are on a blog dedicated to Eurovision, that has been considered one of the very few mainstream homes for the LGBTQ+ community for decades, telling us to respect religion… is EXTREMELY IRONIC. To say the least.

Teddi
Teddi
2 months ago

I think you’re ignorant.

Whisker
Whisker
2 months ago
Reply to  Teddi

THIS is a place for free speech. Anyone speaking against religious madeup whoevers in a place of worship would be removed from there and who knows what else would happen, depending on where that happens. It’s you who needs to learn about respect.

GuitarHeart
GuitarHeart
2 months ago
Reply to  Teddi

Yes, I don’t really have a problem with religion and music interfere. I have a much bigger problem with mixing politics with music

Benny Hill
2 months ago

This sounds promising.

Dee
Dee
2 months ago
Reply to  Benny Hill

Oh but Benny I thought you loved El Diablo and frowned upon Gospel music???

ERUS
ERUS
2 months ago

Everyone in Europe became Jesus stans during the pandemic.

waitaminuteholdon
waitaminuteholdon
2 months ago
Reply to  ERUS

The authors are mostly American, actually.

Polliu
Polliu
2 months ago

Jeez, another religious song… But jury will only love the gospel one. He is smart for choosing that direction. At least the jury vote won’t be so bad.

waitaminuteholdon
waitaminuteholdon
2 months ago

Why won’t he go with Sudbina? I mean, he has to know it’s a better song than “Here I Stand”. What’s not clicking?

finnished
finnished
2 months ago

So you just basically said that “Here I stand” is not a very good song based on a snippet of a couple of seconds which only includes the backing vocals? Ok.

waitaminuteholdon
waitaminuteholdon
2 months ago
Reply to  finnished

Don’t me give that snippet rhetoric. You can very much tell how the song is going to be from a 30 second snippet, especially the way songs are built nowadays (in terms of repetitiveness).

Fabio
Fabio
2 months ago

Sudbina sucked, sorry. I’m glad he’s not participating with that song.

Aan Gomes Branco
Aan Gomes Branco
2 months ago

Lol. It wasn’t even 30 seconds bruh. It was a few seconds of a wholebutt song. Wait till you listen to the whole song before you dismiss it.

Lucianna
Lucianna
2 months ago

Tbh, I’m TIRED of gospel choirs

Mahi Mahi
Mahi Mahi
2 months ago
Reply to  Lucianna

Amen to that.
I’m also tired of self empowerment songs, the message always seems to be so flat..

pop bop
pop bop
2 months ago
Reply to  Mahi Mahi

Amen to that too

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
2 months ago

Jesus, is everybody going to church in 2021? I feel like I woke up in Texas.

Jamie
Jamie
2 months ago

The pandemic really hit some people in believing god. Yet it’s the science that saves us all. Again.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
2 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

I’m so grateful to god for inventing the virus to teach us a lesson and then inventing science and big pharma to save us from the virus at some point. He’s so awesome, I can only say Amen!

dart
dart
2 months ago

There’s literally no star quality about him. He is very average performer and also his behavior is very cringey. I really wish them the best but they might not stand out in the very hard Semi Final

Kalla
Kalla
2 months ago

Well I heard lots choir singers, but not Vasil!

Una
Una
2 months ago

Really? Gospel choir? SF1 – are you ready for The Mamas? Vincent in semi 2? Maybe San Marino as well? MGD!!!

I supported Vasil and North Macedonia for the effort and mostly because Vasil will perform his song but come on.

Dear gods of Eurovion, please let *both* Russia and Romania save semifinal 1.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
2 months ago
Reply to  Una

I’m still waiting for that ‘winning’ eurovision song this year. If a better song doesn’t come I thinl this could be swedens year again if they chose Eric Saade.

Anyway I still have high expectations for a lot of countries! I think belgium could be a dark horse this year, even though hooverphonic is everything but liked by a large chunk of the esc community at the moment. Their new (or old) lead singer Geike Arnaert is a very promising singer.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
2 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

I agree with everything you said in this comment.

Hector
Hector
2 months ago
Reply to  Una

Malta might have a gospel as well? Ofc we don’t know any details but it wouldn’t surprise me

Jofty
Jofty
2 months ago
Reply to  Hector

There must be a spare gospel song doing the rounds since 2016?

Una
Una
2 months ago
Reply to  Hector

That would be funny but not surprising. Time will tell.

Whisker
Whisker
2 months ago
Reply to  Hector

Oh Lordi, please, as many gospels as possible. LOL

raylee
raylee
2 months ago

is it too late for love? oooh

Roko
Roko
2 months ago

Wow.. This gonna be BOOM!!

Sale
Sale
2 months ago

Oh my god it’s a no

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
2 months ago

I will wait for the full song to make an actual judgment, but if I was just judging the clip and only the clip, it’s a no. I can’t say I’ve ever enjoyed Vasil’s music that much (apart from You, but I know I was in the minority – I cannot stand Patuvam or Sudbina, sorry) so I’m not very hopeful for this. I am willing and hoping to be pleasantly surprised.

Una
Una
2 months ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

That’s so generous and brave. No pun.

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
2 months ago
Reply to  Una

um……ok?