Following the cancellation of Eurovision last year, the majority of the class of 2020 received the comeback ticket to sing again at Eurovision 2021. A massive 26 artists will return to represent their countries at Eurovision 2021. But as per the standard Eurovision rules, they’ve all got new songs.
Thus, comparisons to their previous entries are inevitable. So, we want to hear from our readers. We’re running a series of polls to ask — do you prefer the returning artists’ 2020 or 2021 songs?
Today, we’re shining a light on North Macedonia. In 2020, Vasil was set to take “You” to Rotterdam. This year, he’ll be singing “Here I Stand” at Eurovision 2021. But which song is your favourite? Vote in our poll now!
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“You” (North Macedonia 2020)
After participating as a backing singer at Eurovision 2019, Vasil was internally selected to be centre stage as the main singer for the contest in 2020. His entry to represent North Macedonia was the tango-infused song “You”, in which he declared his desire to dance with the person he’d fallen for.
The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — awarded “You” an average score of 5.65/10. In her review of the song, wiwiblogger Lucy commented:
“This is my biggest guilty pleasure of the year. […] This is sultry and exciting — Vasil’s vocals are smooth like caramel. His moves in the music video could have indicated similar staging, now that the delegation has learned how to put a performance on. I wouldn’t have it penned as a qualifier, but a sexy addition to the soundtrack nonetheless.”
“Here I Stand” (North Macedonia 2021)
Vasil returns to Eurovision in 2021 with “Here I Stand”. It’s an orchestral ballad that builds throughout its three minutes. For the climax, 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.
The song was inspired by the singer’s sadness following the cancellation of Eurovision 2020.
Poll battle — North Macedonia: Which Vasil entry do you prefer?
In this poll, you can only vote for one song — so choose wisely. And as always, you can only vote once. Let the battle commence!
Which song did you vote for? Are you team “You” or team “Here I Stand”? Sound off in the comments below!