The FYR Macedonia national final lasted four hours. Of course, we didn’t watch all of it. Only the last two hours. Most of which was taken up with interval acts (including last year’s Croatian entry Feminnem) doing 20 minute sets.
In the end, the man in the chicken suit didn’t win. Instead, Vlatko Ilievski won with “Rusinka,” which sounds like a rockin’ version of “Kalinka”:
In other words, thanks again for playing, FYR Macedonians.
Apparently, the show was riddled with audio problems, as can be evidenced by Angelina Stojanoska’s “Znaes li.”
Of course, given how flat she was singing, the audio problems were kind of a blessing.
“Vo Imeto Na Ljubovta,” performed by Tamara Todevska, Vrčak and Adrian Gadza, is tough to get through. It has that Balkan pop thing going, but it is just so low energy that you almost want to pick up the pace by watching grass grow.
The Finnish travelogues are still wry and adorable, in case you wondering.
I will say this every year, but I adore Macedonia’s flag.
Remember, it’s a given that the dancing is bad. Here, I think they’re acting out a scene from Dirty Dancing while Karolina sings. It’s too bad there’s all this stuff going on in the background, actually. It’s distracting from Karolina, who’s singing quite well.
She does dance a bit with the male backup dancer during the second verse, which is particularly unnecessary.
Overall, a great performance done in by lame accoutrements. (That includes the fizzling fireworks that go off at the end that actually look like the pyro guy screwed up.)
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia’s flag is really fantastic. Their song is still slutty. It does confirm in my mind how popular Shakira is worldwide, because it’s a complete rip-off of her. This is a good time to take a quick bathroom break.
Monaco (Séverine Ferrer: “La CoCo-Dance”) – Had a Hawaiian theme. Grass skirts and everything. Lame. It was sung in French. [NOTE: Actually, it’s Tahitian. My bad.]
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (Elena Risteska: “Ninanajna”) – Slutty. The singer, the music, the lyrics. Slutty. Kinda awesome, but only in a Britney Spears way.
Poland (Ich Troje: “Follow My Heart”) – White tails on the piano player. Polish rapping, in a Real McCoy way. The male singer has green hair. The female singer is in a mask. It’s like Andrew Lloyd Webber did a song for Dead or Alive. ‡
† No, it’s a horrible song. What was I thinking?
‡ In a Real McCoy way because it was actually O-Jay from Real McCoy.