Bojan Trajkovski the composer and lyricist behind “Lost and Found” has revealed that both Macedonian and English versions of the song have been recorded.
Bojan Trajkovksi, member of Eye Cue and the composer and lyricist behind the groups song for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, has revealed that their song for Lisbon has been recorded in both Macedonian and English. In an interview Bojan revealed that MRT, the Macedonian national broadcaster will make the final decision on the language the song is performed in soon.
Since their debut in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1998, Macedonia has performed in Macedonian, English and Romani at the contest. The breakdown of the language performed and number of songs is as follows:
- English only – Six times
- English and Macedonian – Four times
- Macedonian only – Six times
- Macedonian and Romani – Once
This years contest in Lisbon looks to be one of the most diverse in terms of languages performed in a number of years. Currently confirmed as being performed on stage are; Albanian, Azerbaijani, English, French, Georgian, Greek, Italian, Serbian, Spanish and Montenegrin.
Eye Cue is made up of vocalists, Bojan Trajkovski and Marija Ivanovska and drummer Ivo Mitkovski. The band has been together since 2007 and has had a number of hits across the Balkans, most notably their 2010 song “Not This Time”. MRT has not yet revealed when “Lost and Found” will be presented to the public.
Last year, Jana Burceska was also internally selected to represent her country in Kyiv. She finished in 15th place in the second semi-final, thus failing to qualify for the Grand Final with her song Dance Alone.
Macedonia in the Eurovision Song Contest
FYR Macedonia has had a string of poor results in recent years failing to reach the final every year since 2012. The country debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1998, however, two years earlier they attempted to participate but was knocked out in the pre-qualifying round. In 2016 they were represented by Kaliopi for a second time with the song “Dona”, she missed out on the final finishing in 11th in her semi-final. FYR Macedonia’s best result to date is a 12th place finish in the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest represented by Elena Risteska and the song “Ninanajna”.