He’s the North Macedonian star who is set to represent his country at Eurovision 2021. And now we finally have the chance to hear the song that Vasil will perform at the contest, with the official release of “Here I Stand”.
Vasil previously shared a teaser of the song at the start of the month, but now we get to hear the full three-minute entry.
Vasil – “Here I Stand” (Eurovision 2021 – North Macedonia)
The official video of “Here I Stand” starts with Vasil telling us about how his reaction to the cancellation of Eurovision 2020, at which he was originally supposed to compete, brought about the inspiration for his 2021 entry:
“When the contest was cancelled last year, I was devastated – dreams gone. I remember sitting in my bed with my clinker in front of me and I just started singing and playing, tears in my eyes. It went “there are times” and I knew that’s the one.”
The song that follows is an orchestral ballad that builds throughout its three minutes. Clips of a symphony orchestra recording their parts for the song are also featured in the video.
For the climax of “Here I Stand”, Vasil is joined by backing vocals that 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 worked on the arrangement and production of his Eurovision 2021 entry alongside fellow North Macedonian musicians Borche Kuzamovskia and Davor Jordanovski.
Vasil will perform “Here I Stand” in the first semi-final of Eurovision 2021 on Tuesday 18 May.
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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 of “Here I Stand”? How do you think Vasil’s entry compares to those we’ve heard so far? Let us know in the comments below!