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FYR Macedonia: everything black and white for Kaliopi

When FYR Macedonia’s broadcasting company MKRTV announced Kaliopi to represent the country in the 57th Eurovision Song Contest, she was already a familiar name for many Eurovision fans. She was supposed to be FYR Macedonia’s ESC debut entrant in 1996, but her song Samo Ti (Only You) got eliminated in the international pre-qualifying round that year.

Kaliopi’s entry for Baku is called Crno I Belo (Black and White), it’s composed by Romeo Grill, with lyrics by Kaliopi herself, and it will be performed in the 2nd semi-final on 24nd May, at starting position #2. Crno I Belo is F.Y.R. Macedonia’s 12th entry to the Contest.

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When FYR Macedonia’s broadcasting company MKRTV announced Kaliopi to represent the country in the 57th Eurovision Song Contest, she was already a familiar name for many Eurovision fans. She was supposed to be FYR Macedonia’s ESC debut entrant in 1996, but her song Samo Ti (Only You) got eliminated in the international pre-qualifying round that year.

Kaliopi’s entry for Baku is called Crno I Belo (Black and White), it’s composed by Romeo Grill, with lyrics by Kaliopi herself, and it will be performed in the 2nd semi-final on 24nd May, at starting position #2. Crno I Belo is F.Y.R. Macedonia’s 12th entry to the Contest.

Check out the video clip:

About Kaliopi

Kaliopi is the biggest pop star in FYR Macedonia, an exceptionally famous singer, composer, poet and is also renowned for her humanitarian work. Now she will grace the stage of Europe’s Favourite TV Show performing Crno I Belo.

Kaliopi started her career when she was only 9 years old, winning the first place at a childrens song festival. She gained success and recognition with the band Kaliopi, originally in the former Yugoslav nations. The band became established and guided by Romeo Grill who was also the author of most of the songs. In a short period of time, they published two albums, and participated in some of the biggest festivals and shows in their homeland.

Kaliopi moved to Switzerland for a period but announced her comeback as a solo performer by winning the first place at the Skopje festival in 1996. In 1999 she moved back to FYR Macedonia, with her new album Oboi Me which had been recorded in Switzerland. This album was her last cooperation with Romeo Grill as producer.

Kaliopi has recorded nine albums in total, six of them with herself as writer. Each of them won Album Of The Year recognition. She has become one of the leading music artists in the region. She also works on other creative projects such as composing for Theatre and Ballet. She played the lead role in the first Macedonian musical Cija Si. She has had many collaborations with big artists such as Sting, Renee Fleming, Andreas Scholl and world famous lute player Edin Karamazov.

Kaliopi has been given the title of Honorary UNHCR Ambassador, Honorary Ambassador of the Macedonian Economy in the World. Also, among the many awards and recognitions over the years, she was awarded with the Mother Theresa statuette for her distinguished and dedicated humanitarian work. Kaliopi imprints her work as a high standard in the Macedonian and Balkan music and art, remaining the favorite of her own people, the Macedonian and Balkan pop-diva.

For more information on Kaliopi please visit www.eurovision.tv

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