Before actually starting to sing on the big Oslo stage, the F.Y.R. Macedonian team revealed the clothes that Gjoko will wear on the big night of the first Semi-Final of this year's Eurovision Song Contest: he has opted for an elegant grey suit! On stage today, the F.Y.R. Macedonian team consisted of Gjoko himself, a rapper, a guitar-player and three female dancers of which one is also a backing singer.
The three dancers start off on three silver boxes wearing white robes with Gjoko in front of them. He is soon joined by the backing singer, the rapper and the guitar player on the front parts of the stage. The dancers embark on an elaborate dance routine as the song carries on. The predominant colour on stage is green mixed with white, with the main lights being constantly on Gjoko Tanevski. Vocally, the F.Y.R. Macedonian singer left nothing to be desired.
"I've arrived by car"
In his press conference, Gjoko Tanevski said that he was pleased with his first rehearsal today and he is sure that everything will look great in the end. His aim is to charm the audience and to use his positive energy on stage. His song is a love-song, but not a happy one as it's about trying to get away from a girl. Gjoko revealed that he had been in the Eurovision Song Contest before as a backing vocalist for the F.Y.R. Macedonia in Kiev in 2005. His song this year was first created without the rap part, but together with the composer it was later decided that a rap part would work well. Gjoko arrived here in Oslo by car after driving for 3 days, after many farewell wishes from his native country.
The first time Gjoko Taneski appeared on the music scene was in 1996 at one of the biggest and most popular F.Y.R. Macedonian festivals, Makfest, when he performed the song Odi Ne Go Mami Srceto, a song for which a new arrangement was recently made. Immediately after his first public appearance at Makfest '96, many people recognised Taneski’s talent which resulted in several collaborations with composers and songwriters and his career began to take off. Soon afterwards, he started receiving awards at many festivals and still does so! His musical career reached the peak in 2007 when his biggest hit was played on radio stations and television channels for months and Gjoko used this moment for promoting his first album Zbogum Najmila. Two years later, his second album named Nikogas Dosta was released to critical acclaim in his native country.