FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA – Singer Vlatko Ilievski, who represented F.Y.R. Macedonia at the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf with Rusinka, passed away.
Citing a police statement Press24 reports that the singer, one of the country’s most well-known rock singers, was found dead in a car in Skopje last night. Earlier this week Vlatko celebrated his 33rd birthday.
In 2007, F.Y.R. Macedonia also lost a former Eurovision Song Contest participant at a young age, when Toše Proeski (26) was killed in a car accident.
Vlatko started his solo career in 2007. His famous songs аre: “Небо” (performed at Оhrid fest 2008), “Уште си ми ти”, “Со Други Зборови”(performed at the European song contest “Skopje 2008” Metropolis Arena), “Не те можам” (performed at Makfest 2008 with Dani), “Taка требало да биде”, “Се што сакав после тебе”, “Сите ми се криви”, “Гушни ме” (with Tamara), “Скитник”, “Најбогат на свет (Najbogatij)” (Skopje Fest 2009, and a prize-winner at RadiskiFestival, March 2009), “Роза сине”, “Исцеление”, “Пак на старо” (performed at Makfest 2009), “За љубов се пее до крај” (with Risto Samardziev, prize-winning at Ohrid Fest 2009), “Работнички шампионе”, “Среќа” (Skopje fest 2010, winning second prize), and “Есен”.
His first solo concert was on 5 June 2010, in the Boris Trajkovski Hall, Skopje, FYR Macedonia, one of the largest arenas in the country.
He filled the venue with an audience of around 10,000, in duet with Tamara, and was joined on-stage by his old band. He was supported by local bands Shvaleri and DZHMS; the lead guitarist of the latter is Ivan Ivanov, son of the Macedonian President George Ivanov, who was in the audience.
Ilievski is filming a TV series to be broadcast in September.
He again participated in Skopje Fest 2015, the national selection for FYR Macedonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 (the same selection that had given him the chance in 2011), in a duet with Risto Samardžiev with the song Sever-Jug. They tied in last place, 14th place with 0 points.
Vlatko Ilievski first album was Со други зборови (“In Other Words”) with 10 songs. His second solo album is Најбогат на свет (“Richest of the World”) with 10 songs.