The wonderful Kaliopi will be representing Macedonia in Stockholm at Eurovision 2016. This talented lady is no stranger to Eurovision. In fact, she’s a special friend of Eurovision Ireland as you can see in this video here:
But for those who do not yet know her, here’s a quick 10-point fact file to get you up to speed on this Balkan Legend!
1. Kaliopi Bukle (her full name) was born in Yugoslavia on 28th December 1966. That makes her a Capricorn. Capricorns, by nature, are determined, hard-working and dedicated to their career but have a great sense of humour.
2. Kaliopi’s musical career began in 1976 when she won her first song competition at the age of ten.
3. In 1984, Kaliopi formed her first band ‘Kaliopi’ with musical partner Romeo Grill. They have worked together many times over the years since then, right up to this year’s Eurovision.
4. Kaliopi’s first Eurovision attempt was in 1996 with the song ‘Samo Ti’. The song was chosen to represent Macedonia but was eliminated in a non-televised selection round so didn’t make it to the televised final – ROBBED!
5. In 2000 Kaliopi established her own record label ‘Kaliopi Music Production’ to manage her many musical releases. Savvy business woman!
6. 2005 saw Kaliopi’s next Eurovision attempt, this time as a composer. Her song ‘Ne’, sung by Aleksandra Pilever, placed a respectable third. Again ROBBED!
7. In 2006, Kaliopi made another bid for Eurovision glory and came sixth in the Macedonian national contest with her song ‘Silma’. Someone call the POLICE! This woman is being constantly ROBBED!
8. Kaliopi represented Macedonia eventually at the 2012 Eurovision in Baku Azerbaijan. The song, ‘Crno I Belo’ composed with long-time musical partner, Romeo Grill, placed 13th overall. You know what we are gonna say – ROBBED!
9. Kaliopi has a huge fan-base both at home and abroad. In 2013, fans across the world participated in the ‘Kaliopi Fan Festival’, an online karaoke competition. The event was run across social media platforms where Kaliopi has a presence and the winners were decided by popular vote.
10. 2016 is a big year for Kaliopi as she celebrates her 40th year in music. Wouldn’t a Eurovision win at Stockholm be a wonderful crowning achievement?
We wish you all the best, lovely lovely lovely lady!
Author : Jennifer Roche
Source : Eurovision Ireland