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My interest was piqued when I heard Esma’s name in connection with Eurovision. She’s known as the Queen of Gypsy Music and her participation promised much. She’s paired with Lozano, a young Macedonian upstart in an unlikely inter-generational coupling. When their song Imperija was announced it was met with largely positive reviews, but within just a few days we were hearing that it hadn’t gone down too well with some power that is and it was to be changed. This is what we got. Outside of Macedonia it’s been more or less judged to be worse than their original choice, although it does appear to showcase Esma somewhat more, making you wonder where the original dissatisfaction lay. It now feels like they’re both singing different songs clumsily welded together, but the lyrics reveal a call-and-response from Lazano to Esma, he longing for the old days, she soothing him and bidding him stay until the dawn. The disjointedness of the verse to chorus, musically, detracts from the overall cohesion and ultimately from the enjoyment and really you feel they’ve wasted Esma’s talents to a large degree as the thoughts of what she could have delivered solo tantalise you throughout, but she still manages to shine, albeit having diminished their opportunity for a really good placing. Based on her local notoriety alone this should sail into the final, but we’re looking at a mid-table result at best once it gets there.