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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Semi 2: 08 FYR Macedonia / Dona

Kaliopi should represent her country at Eurovision every year. There. I said it. I love her to bits and get a bit blinded by her sheer presence.

That's where this review gets a bit complicated. Just like with her previous ESC entries I like this one but feel it is not perfect. Had it been performed by a lesser artist than Kaliopi, then I would possibly even expect this not to qualify.

And there's the big riddle. Will Kaliopi manage to spellbind Europe and make them vote for her a second time around?

Yes. I want to believe that an experienced and expressive performer can make all the difference. I want to believe this one will be in.

My grade: 3/5

Kaliopi / Dona (FYR Macedonia 2016 preview clip)


  1. Interesting how you say this will qualify largely down to the Kaliopi factor and ignore the fact the song is 30+ years out of rate yet the Irish song is performed by a bigger name argubly and a song that is at the worst from the early 2000s yet he isn't even borderline...interestibg

    1. Ireland just has to prove me wrong, then. Kaliopi is a better performer than Nicky and that is fully and totally my opinion.