At their second rehearsal Eye Cue offered a sexy and ambitious performance that easily recreates the “Lost and Found” music video.
Opinions expressed during our second rehearsal coverage are personal from the mentioned writers.
Josef, Czech Republic (in the arena) F.Y.R. Macedonia is maybe bringing its best song in the last few years, but this year it is a difficult task for them to qualify because of the high amount of good entries in the first semifinal. The staging and used colours help a lot, but the dress of the lead singer are really bad. With them, F.Y.R. Macedonia may be the first potential nominee for the unwanted Barbara Dex Award.
Jens Erik, Denmark (in the press centre)The entry from F.Y.R Macedonia this year is not my cup of tee. Eye Cue does a fine job, and is not off key or something like that, and I guess if you like this kind of music, you’ll love this one. However, with so many great songs in this semi-final, it’s not on my list of qualifiers.
Technical issues marked today’s first rehearsal as Eye Cue had to restart their performance more than five times. Just like in the music video for Lost and Found, Marija Ivanovska was waring a short pink dress that certainly will catch the viewers’ attention at home.
It all started with a focused Marija and a blurred Bojan Trajkovski – a possible metaphor for the song’s meaning. Overall, the performance did justice to the Eurovision stage as four other elements were on it, besides the main duo: the drums guy and three back vocalists. While Bojan Trajkovski – the guitarist – stood in the same place during most of the performance, Marija walked through the entire main stage and even offered a nice and cute choreography after the song’s first chorus.
By the end, the duo – along with the back vocalists – walked to the stage’s bridge and appeared to have found eachother.
Vocally speaking, Marija was on key and surely looked confident on stage. Will that be enough for FYR Macedonia?
How Eye Cue was selected
Back in January 2017, broadcaster MRT asked for songs to be submitted for a quick international selection. They received nearly 400 of which a jury then selected Eye Cue and the entry Lost And Found.
In mid February, the band was announced, and a month later, the song saw its release.
FYR Macedonia at the Eurovision Song Contest
A pre-selection kept FYR Macedonia away from their intended debut in 1996. As they withdrew for the 97′ contest, it wasn’t until 1998 we saw Vlado Janevski as the first representative for an independent FYR Macedonia. Up until 2014, the country would take part ever second year only.
Late Toše Proeski represented FYR Macedonia at the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest, he came 14th in the final and since that, the country has been a regular participant, despite quite poor results recently.
In 2006, Elena Risteska ended 12th with the song Ninanajna. That is to date the country’s best result at the Eurovision Song Contest.
From 2008 and up, FYR Macedonia only reached the final once, that was by Kaliopi and her song Crno I Belo in 2012.