An edited version of the music video for “Here I Stand” has been published due to issues with the original video.
North Macedonia has been forced to edit its music video following comments regarding a piece of artwork in the video which looked like the Bulgarian flag. In a statement yesterday Vasil said:
Although with the Eurovision video I had a desire to showcase nothing but music and art, I am truly sorry for the misrepresentation of the work of our famous artist Žaneta Vangeli. No one involved in the realization of the video record nor representatives of the stated institution deliberately intervened in the artistic setting of the National Gallery Daut Pashin Amam, for which the gallery itself stated that the work in such a way has been exposed for many years. In order not to have additional negative implications and a misplaced display of this artwork, we have decided to remove the cadres pertaining to it.
Thank you to the overwhelming support you are giving me these days and you believe in my sincere intention. ❤️💛
I have been singing and representing Macedonia and the Macedonian flag for over 20 years 🇲🇰 and it will remain.
I love you,
The edited music video has been re-uploaded to the official Eurovision Song Contest YouTube page.
“Here I Stand” is North Macedonia’s entry for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, and will be performed by Vasil, who also wrote and composed the song. The arrangement and production were completed by Borce Kuzmanovski and Davor Jordanovski.
Who is Vasil?
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 the 2019 contest in Tel Aviv.
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”.