Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia’s 2016 Eurovision Entry.
Kaliopi looks really pissed off. Or rather, she looks really pissed off one minute and completely exultant the next In fact, I think the last time a Macedonian experienced such violent mood swings off , they went out and conquered the known world. Indeed, this may be the last Eurovision as we know it, because win or lose – whether elated with conquest or enraged by defeat – the map of Europe (and much of Asia) may soon look very different.
The song is called “Dona”. She sings the word “Dona” roughly as many times as Kyle Minogue sang the word “Lucky” in “I Should Be So Lucky”. I’ve tried to find out if the word “Dona” means anything. No luck so far. The lyrics of the song translated from Macedonian into English translate “Dona” as “Dona”.
Bizarrely, the other translated into English, together with Kaliopi’s interview-profile make it clear that this is in fact a religious song. Yeah – I know it looks and sounds like a song about being cheated in love and wanting exact one’s revenge upon the entire universe but actually it’s an expression of gratitude to a Supreme Being.
I watch it again, but still can’t make “piety” the dominant concept.
Then I think again about the words of the chorus and the fact that the word “Dona” seems associated in many languages with some form of “giving”. Indeed, the urgency of the chorus suggests something imperative. Furthermore, while expressing gratitude in the first verse, the repeated chorus seems to be all about making “me” as strong as possible. Gimme gimme gimme gimme the strength I need.
Some of us have long memories when it comes to Macedonians demanding Divine sanction to appease insatiate desire…
Meanwhile, Ireland’s entry – Nicky Byrne out of Westlife – is sort of all growed up.
Here’s Serbia, in case you were wondering…
Then again there’s Ivan from Belarus, who may or may not be dancing naked with wolves…
In the meantime, here is Israel:
You might prefer this GameofThronesy offering from Switzerland
Here, on the other hand, is Poland.
And here’s cheery Latvia,
Someone else who doesn’t look cross at all is Malta’s representative –
Meanwhile, I found Bosnia and Herzegovina somewhat intriguing this year – see below…
More interesting than Montenegro, anyhow
Far, far more conventional is Azerbaijan
More chillingly, here is Estonia
But here, by way of some (but not much) relief is Cyprus
On a lighter note, see the Czech Republic’s offering…
San Marino – folks…
Meanwhile, here’s the Netherlands…
Here’s Austria by the way…