Vasil Garvanliev will sing “Here I Stand” for North Macedonia at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
The North Macedonian representative Vasil has revealed the title of his 2021 entry, “Here I Stand”. This comes days after he filmed his postcard for the contest at the MRT studios in Skopje. The song is written and composed by Vasil, and the arrangement and production is carried out by Borce Kuzmanovski and Davor Jordanovski.
The song is set to be recorded in Skopje with the backing of a live symphony orchestra. The backing vocals for the song will be recorded in Chicago and feature former members of the Chicago Children’s Choir, which Vasil was a member of as a child. The song will be released in early March.
HIS (ere _ tand) 💫🤍🔑@Eurovision
— Vasil Garvanliev (@VGarvanliev) February 12, 2021
Vasil was set to represent the country at the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest with his song “You” before its cancellation in March.
Vasil started his musical journey at age 7, performing at some of North Macedonia’s most popular children’s festivals. Soon thereafter, he moved with his family to the United States, where he continued his career as a soloist at the Chicago Children’s Choir. He continued his musical training in Toronto and Milan.
Vasil returned to North Macedonia in 2018, and launched his own pop career there with three successful singles: “Gjerdan” (Necklace), “Patuvam” (Travelling) and “Mojata Ulica” (My street). He was also a backing singer for Tamara Todevska in last year’s contest in Tel Aviv.
Source: Vasil / Image source: Eurovision.tv | Bojan Stoilkovski
North Macedonia 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. North Macedonia’s best result to date is a 7th place finish in the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest represented by Tamara Todevska and the song “Proud”.