From backing singer for Tamara Todevska in 2019 to literally shining bright in the limelight in 2021, North Macedonia’s Vasil has made himself at home on the Eurovision stage. The star is now ready to sing “Here I Stand” during the first semi-final on Tuesday. Ahead of this, our own William caught up with Vasil for a quick interview. Check out what he has to say below!

Interview: Vasil at Eurovision 2021

“I’m very glad for the first rehearsal.” Vasil comments. “Tine Matulessy, our stage director, and I are a great match in energy and in a professional level, I feel.”

The  North Macedonian singer has offered a very dramatic and extravagant stage show to go along with “Here I Stand”. Vasil shares an interesting perspective of their inspiration for the staging, which has been challenging but calculated to perfection in each rehearsal. “I am obsessed with kintsukuroi, the Japanese technique where you fix broken porcelain with gold lacquer and it ends up more beautiful than before. The first idea was how could we portray that on the stage, as well as actually convey that feeling of going from darkness into light.”

Despite being alone on stage, Vasil feels no fear nor regret once he performs. “We haven’t been on a stage in so long. It’s so emotional when you get on the stage, and you’re like ‘we made it, we did it’. I feel all the love coming my way.”

 

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The North Macedonian star also spoke about his feature in Attitude magazine. “I said I was ready to share my story, and I was told that it was a very brave move to do this being from the Balkans. If I don’t live my truth, how could I expect people to believe me? I was scared in February, but then after time passed and the song and video were revealed, I was so confident that I had to make this interview and photoshoot, to be a voice for the voiceless.”

And near the start of his self-imposed radio silence before leaving Skopje, he received encouraging words from a very important and close friend. “Tamara Todevska called me and told me it was meant to be, and to cherish the moment, because it does go so fast. To enjoy the Eurovision experience.”

What did you learn from our interview with Vasil? Are you rooting for him in the first semi-final? Sound off in the comments below!

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rhin
rhin
4 months ago

Very sad 🙁 Really like the song

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago

No, he’s not!

Sot
Sot
4 months ago

Honestly, it feels so sad to join the competition being a probable qualifier and then the contest is cancelled and you come back seeing everyone considering you as the ONLY sure NQ of your semi…

I mean, don’t get me wrong, his song definitely doesn’t deserve qualification but I feel bad for him…

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago

Ja ja!

Dawid
Dawid
4 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

Ding dong!

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago
Reply to  Dawid

Ding! Dong!

Sot
Sot
4 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

My love for you is growing wide and long…

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago
Reply to  Sot

Ja ja!

Sot
Sot
4 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

Ding Dong! (Well no one will answer now)

Marion
4 months ago

Awww, he’s such a sweetheart.

Fun or ban?
Fun or ban?
4 months ago

Oh dear

Alex
Alex
4 months ago

He is adorable but cmon wiwibloggs, another article about Vasil?

Dawid
Dawid
4 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Duh, he’s gay.

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
4 months ago
Reply to  Dawid

be careful sweetie, your homophobia is showing

Milan
Milan
4 months ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

If we notice and point out a bias does that make us homophobic? If so, I must have many phobias.

Dawid
Dawid
4 months ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

I’m gay. Your bias is showing

Maya
Maya
4 months ago

All the best. Love him sooo much!!!

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
4 months ago

I’m very glad Vasil made it to Rotterdam, and is enjoying his experience, after the backlash in North Macedonia.

Marion
4 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

Me, too.