“See you in Rotterdam!” The words of singer Vasil Garvanliev, confirming his participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 for North Macedonia.
“Thank you for all the love, support, and positive energy,” he writes on Instagram beneath a compilation video celebrating his Eurovision journey. “Thank you @eurovisionmacedonia for this amazing video.”
“Love always wins and music touches souls. Here WE stand!”
Vasil confirms Eurovision 2021 participation for North Macedonia
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Vasil’s announcement comes days after North Macedonia’s broadcaster MRT announced it would be reviewing aspects of the country’s participation in Eurovision. This followed the controversy over an artwork resembling the Bulgarian flag being shown in the music video for Vasil’s Eurovision 2021 song “Here I Stand”.
Meri Popova, North Macedonia’s Head of Delegation, released a statement outlining the broadcaster’s plans:
“Macedonian Radio Television has established an internal commission to review and analyse all aspects arising from public reactions related to the Eurovision Song Contest. The public service broadcaster will also take into account the obligations noted in the participation license, as well as the obligations arising from the membership in the European Broadcasting Union, where MRT is an integral part of the public service association in the European Union. The public will be additionally informed about the final decision of MRT.”
The broadcaster did not fully explain what they meant by reviewing and analysing “all aspects arising from public reactions related to the Eurovision Song Contest.”
Some Eurovision fans interpreted the statement as implying that Vasil may be replaced as North Macedonia’s act for Eurovision 2021. But thankfully that’s no longer a worry.
The announcement follows several days of debate surrounding North Macedonia’s entry for Eurovision 2021. Vasil is due to represent North Macedonia with his self-written ballad “Here I Stand”.
Last week, the music video for the song was replaced with a new version. The video — which was shot in North Macedonia’s national art gallery — had shown an artwork that resembled the flag of Bulgaria. Some people felt it was inappropriate for North Macedonia’s Eurovision video to include such an artwork, owing to historic tensions between the countries.
Others from North Macedonia picked up on an interview from early 2020 that Vasil had with wiwibloggs. In the interview, Vasil talked to me about his life story and mentioned he had both Macedonian and Bulgarian citizenship. He explained he was from the town of Strumica in the eastern part of the country very close to the Bulgarian border and also had an ancestral connection with Bulgaria.
Are you happy that the broadcaster is giving Vasil is hard-earned place at Eurovision? Are you hopeful the drama is now behind him? Let us know in the comments box below.