North Macedonia: Vasil – Here I Stand
Shi: I’ve got to hand it to North Macedonia. They really helped me be motivated about house chores over the last week.
You see, I believe that you can’t review a song without listening to it in full at least once, and knowing that North Macedonia was next on my review list (thanks, random draw) meant eventually geeing myself up to listen to three minutes of Israel 2019, with an only mildly less annoying singer in terms of stage and performance mannerisms. And so, every time I reminded myself that I had a review to write and needed to listen to the song in full, I found myself washing dishes and dusting dark and hard-to-reach corners of the house.
I’m sure there are some people out there who like pompous and cliché power ballads, and if that’s your thing, then lucky you. As far as I’m concerned, I have no plans of listening to this again until its semi final performance. But for what it’s worth, knowing that there were doubts about Vasil going to Eurovision even after the song was submitted – and for reasons that have nothing to do with the song – I would have fought for and supported its right to be there. Some things are more important than my personal taste in music.
Felix: I don’t know if I should be happy for such kind of songs in Eurovision. Just because a certain type of music is overrepresented this year? Would that be a reason enough to celebrate the participation of this North Macedonian song? I don’t mind it, and maybe that’s enough.
Martin: The sheer pomposity of the video turns me off right from the start, and by the time it gets to those incredibly plastic backing vocals near the end, I’m done. Somehow it isn’t even cheesy enough to enjoy as a guilty pleasure, Kobi-style. Not for me, this one.
video and title image source: eurovision.tv