Daniel Kajmakoski, the Macedonian singer who will represent his country at the Eurovision Song Contest this year, was actually named after Daniel Popovic, the expand=1] charmer who ran for Yugoslavia in the 1983 edition of the contest.
Daniel, who always kisses the picture of his mother he keeps in his pocket before going on stage, will sing his track “Autumn Leaves,” which was originally in Macedonian before it was, sadly, changed into English. In the singer’s own words, “Autumn Leaves” talks about his first love, brings him back to his first feelings of love, reminds him of his childhood, the place he was born — all that with “pure and naive but warm-hearted emotions.”
Macedonia, whose Eurovision name is “Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, reached its best score in 2006, when it came 12th. Because of the country’s poor results, the country’s broadcaster MRT even held a survey last June to ask the Macedonians what they thought their singers weren’t doing right and what they should do; their response was something like “Get out of there!” MRT, however, decided to give it another go this year — you never know.
Unfortunately, we don’t think it’ll work, but then again, Eurovision works in mysterious ways.
Does it make you want to visit that country? 0.25/10
Was there enough glitter? 1.5/10
Ok to quit your day job? 1.25/10
OVERALL AVERAGE: 1/10
Gas stations in many Iranian cities had trouble supplying fuel earlier in the week in what was a suspected cyberattack on the fuel distribution system. One Tehran daily on Thursday blamed Israel, which may have carried out similar acts in past years, to weaken Iran's hostile regime.
The incident reportedly disrupted the credit and debit card payments system this time, forcing users to pay cash and higher prices, the London-based broadcaster Iran International reported.
Though state officials didn't publicly accuse anyone specific, they did say perhaps this and other attacks had been planned for October, to "anger people" on the anniversary of the anti-government protests of 2019.
Khamenei, where's our gas?
Cheeky slogans were spotted Tuesday in different places in Iran, including electronic panels over motorways. One of them read "Khamenei, where's our gas?"
Iran International reported that Tehran-based news agency ISNA posted, then deleted, a report on drivers also seeing the message "cyberattack 64411" on screens at gas stations, purported to be the telephone number of the office of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
A member of parliament's National Security Committee, Vahid Jalalzadeh, said the attack had been planned months ahead, and had inflicted "grave losses," Iran International and domestic agencies reported Thursday. The conservative Tehran newspaper Kayhan named "America, the Zionist regime and their goons" as the "chief suspects" in the attack.
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