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Macedonia hopes to win 'Champions League' of music

posted 4 May 2011, 07:42 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 4 May 2011, 07:44 ]

acedonia hopes their fun pop song 'Rusinka' will win over the judges at the Eurovision Song Contest in Duesseldorf.

DUESSELDORF, GERMANY (MAY 4, 2011) REUTERS - Macedonia rehearsed their entry into the Eurovision Song Contest on Wednesday (May 5) when their charismatic singer Vlatko Ilievski took to the stage in the German city of Duesseldorf.

'Rusinka' is an uptempo catchy pop rock song with a fitting combination of great lyrics, melody and the voice of singer Ilievski.

Ilievski said that it is not that important to reach the final, much more important it is for him to have a good show and to show Macedonia in the light it deserves.

For the singer, the Eurovision Song Contest is the pinnacle of every singer's career. "Yes, 'Rusinka' was the next step that the people were expecting from me," he said. "Eurovision is is something like Champions League in football, this is the same in music in Europe."

Ilievski was born in July 1985. He started off in a heavy rock band called Moral. He has released two solo albums and also been successful at music festivals such as Ohrid Fest, Skopje Fest and Makfest in Macedonia and the Suncane Skale in Montenegro. Ilievski is now an all-round entertainer in his homeland. As well as a singer he is a composer, actor and a TV host.

Since the introduction of two semi-finals, Macedonia has never made it to the final.