Kaliopi can easily be described as the biggest pop star in FYR Macedonia. She is known as a singer, composer, poet and also for her humanitarian work.
She started her career at the tender age of nine, gaining the first place at a children's song festival. Later on she founded the band "Kaliopi" and became known in the former Yugoslav nations. Romeo Grill who is also the composer of Crno e belo was the author of most of the songs. The band published two albums and took part in some of the biggest music festivals and shows in their home country.
As a solo artist Kaliopi has recorded nine albums. In 1996 she won the Skopje Festival which meant that she should represent FYR Macedonia at their first participation at the Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo. Her song Samo ti did not convince the juries, so FYR Macedonia did not reach the Eurovision final and had to wait for their Eurovision debut.
This year Kaliopi was chosen internally and she will represent FYR Macedonia with her song Crno e belo in Baku.
Crno i belo starts slowly as a ballad. The melody is completely accompanied by the piano. With the beginning of the second verse the song turns into a powerful rock type song. Kaliopi's extraordinary voice gives the song a special Balkan touch.
After failing to qualify for the Eurovision final for the fourth time in a row the FYR Macedonian broadcaster MKRTV decided to select their representative for Baku internally. They went for Kaliopi who is among the most popular artists in her country. On January 16th MKRTV announced that the entry was also chosen internally. An expert jury picked the entry Crno e belo (Black and white), composed by Romeo Grill and texted by Kaliopi herself.
The song presentation took place on February 29th. The show was named Kaliopi za Makedonia (Kaliopi for FYR Macedonia). During the show Kaliopi performed several songs and showed her big repertoire and different styles of music.
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