FYR Macedonia: song change for Esma & Lozano

FYR Macedonia’s broadcaster have ditched Imperija for a yodelling pop-based ballad, Pred Da Se Razdeni (Before The Dawn), following public criticism of Esma & Lozano’s original track. Macedonia’s Head of Delegation, Ljupcho Mirkovski, said the main reason for the change was to showcase the duo’s vocal abilities. “This is a modern song with some elements of Roma music, that made Esma so popular and a well known artist. We combined two different styles and what we got in the end is a song that will represent our country in a very decent way.”