Lozano to sing in Macedonian

Lozano to sing in Macedonian
Esma & Lozano. Photo: Thomas Hanses (EBU)
Malmö, Sweden -

Esma and Lozano, the two superstars from F.Y.R. Macedonia, rehearsed their entry Pred Da Se Razdeni for the second time in the Malmö Arena. The delegation has meanwhile confirmed that the song will be performed in its original version on the Semi-Final night, with Esma's parts in Romani and Lozano's parts in Macedonian language.

Before their rehearsal, the team behind Lozano and Esma told Eurovision.tv that, after Lozano had sung his parts of the song in English, they would switch back to the initial version in Macedonian language for the Semi-Final, as listed in the official participant profile.

Lady in red

Apart from that, only minor changes were foreseen for this second rehearsal. Esma wore her stage costume today, a bright red dress with Swarovski applications and a special traditional Roma headscarf. The dress was designed by Elena Luka.

Lozano wore a black suit, and in the beginning the cameras are mainly on him. When Esma entered the stage, they changed to wide angle to show all performers together. The stage was set in blue colour.

Lozano: "Esma is our national treasure"

In the beginning of the press conference, Lozano stated: "We are happy with the sound and the stage at this second rehearsal."

"Youth and experience come together on this project", Esma stated on their musical collaboration. She has been on stage for 55 years. "Esma is our national treasure, it’s an honour to be on stage with her. I’m happy to be invited by MKTV to be here together", Lozano added.

Esma gave more details on her musical background: "I began my career when I was 10 years old, and I wrote my first song at the age of nine. Thousands and thousands of concerts I have had all over the continents. I have raised 48 children - 47 are male, and one is female, Eleonora, who is here with me as a backing singer."

Lozano: "I have only five years of career. I started at a talent show, and after that I have been on many international contests, like Slavianski Bazar in Belarus and Sea Songs in Ukraine. Now I'm finally here at Eurovision, and I hope you like our song."

On the change of languages between the first and second rehearsal, Lozano explained: "We think that the Macedonian version is better, and that’s why we decided to have it in Macedonian instead of English."

Initially, another song called Imperija had been foreseen to represent F.Y.R. Macedonia in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. The Head of Delegation, Ljupčo Mirkovski, explained: "We recorded a demo of Imperija only. I know that many people outside our country liked Imperija, but in the end, it has to be the choice of our people, and we should listen to that, so we decided in favour of Pred Da Se Razdeni."

Lozano added: "Now we want to concentrate on Pred Da Se Razdeni. Imperija is a thing of the past for now. We will think of whether to release it after Eurovision."

During the press conference, Esma sang an accappella version of one of her hits, Čaje Šukarije, together with the rest of the team.

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  • Posted on 16 May 2013 at 12:57
    'Controversy this year has swirled around the duo Esma & Vlatko. Critics said their video and lyrics suggested an imperialistic attitude and baseless claim to political power over FYR Macedonia's neighbouring countries. Even before official protests could come rolling in the broadcaster in Skopje switched the contested entry "Imperija"(Empire) in favour of the harmless "Pred Da Se Razdeni"(Before the Crack of Dawn). Allegedly several EU countries had called for this change' -Deutsche Welle 15/05 report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13 May 2013 at 00:34
    VIVA LA MUZIKA! ↓DOWN POLICY↓ report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12 May 2013 at 08:28
    For the curious people: Esma's dress is made of 150m silk and lace, down ends in form of rose, decorated with preciious stones and Swarovski crystals report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11 May 2013 at 23:48
    I think on this rehearsal they sound much better http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxVl7z49USI&feature=player_embedded !! I hope that they will sing like this on the second semifinal and that they will correct the the mistake and sing in English again :))) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11 May 2013 at 18:00
    I am glad that they will not sing in english, original version was better! :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11 May 2013 at 17:33
    The language of this song is believed from those that is spoken that is the same that Alexander the Great used to speak!!!

    It's a great opportunity to wonder which is the original language of Alexander the Great and of real Macedonia!

    12 points if you believe that this is "Macedonian" language!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11 May 2013 at 17:02
    Wonderful !!! Come on Macedonia!!! <3 report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11 May 2013 at 16:58
    Glad they decided to sing in Macedonian! Good luck, sretno report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11 May 2013 at 16:51
    I love this song straight to the final please report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11 May 2013 at 16:47
    Amazing the stupidity of people using this as a platform for racism. Take your politics to your government which, if I should add, like your BC mindset is outdated and clearly a joke in itself. I think it's beautiful they used Esma to stand and represent an oppressed community not just in MACEDONIA but also all of Europe. Maybe it's time narrow minded and uneducated people like your own woke up and lived in the 21st century. It's funny you say your country created democracy when clearly you're living in a brainwashed ideology of communism. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11 May 2013 at 16:45
    I can't believe that this song is so beautiful, but by watching this, I didn't find any spark at all...
    They might be left out...but still, LOZANO IS HOT! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11 May 2013 at 16:30
    Maybe its the sound, or maybe its just a poor song...a minute of this was all I could take. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11 May 2013 at 16:03
    I'm from Macedonia but I don't understand this language :P report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11 May 2013 at 16:01
    Horrible performance! hope they will sing much much better in the semifinal. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11 May 2013 at 15:56
    Better in their own language! Very good act! report to the moderator