Vlatko Ilievski performing "Rusinka" for Macedonia on the Eurovision Song Contest 2011
|Birth name||Vlatko Ilievski|
|Born||2 July 1985|
Skopje, SR Macedonia, Yugoslavia
|Died||6 July 2018 (aged 33)|
|Labels||Plan B Production|
Vlatko Ilievski (Macedonian: Влатко Илиевски; 2 July 1985 – 6 July 2018) was a Macedonian pop rock singer and actor. He was the runner-up to be the Macedonian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 and represented Macedonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 with the song Rusinka in Düsseldorf, Germany. He was previously a member of the rock band "Moral". He was a student of acting at the faculty of Dramatic Arts, Skopje, where he graduated in 2010 with the drama "Anger" from Stephen King (The Rage).
Vlatko Ilievski was born in Skopje. At age of 12, he started playing guitar and singing in local bands in Skopje. In 2000 he performed at the Macedonian Rock-Fest with the band "Made in Macedonia", and won two prizes.
In 2000, the Macedonian rock band Morality (Морал) asked Ilievski to join their band. In 2001, they recorded songs and in 2003 they finished the album, "Koga Patuvam". Their songs include: "Панично те сакам", "Скопје", "Ти си", "Ова е Македонија", and "А ти ме убиваш". In 2005, Morality were Deep Purple's support act for their concert in Skopje.
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, 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 Gjorge 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 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: Со други зборови, И премногу добро, Сите ми се криви, Така требало да биде, Уште си ми ти,Не те можам (дует со Дани Димитровска), Гушни ме (дует со Тамара Тодевска), Од утре не, Небо, Скитник.
His second solo album is Најбогат на свет ("Richest of the World") with 10 songs: Среќа, Пред да те знам, И ти и јас, Се што сакав по тебе, Пак на старо, Најбогат на свет, Есен, За љубов се пее до крај (with Ристо Самарџиев), Не плачи, извини и Небо (unplugged).
Ilievski died in the evening of 6 July 2018. His body was found in his automobile in Skopje. The cause of death has not been officially revealed.
- "Пејачот Влатко Илиевски најден мртов во автомобил" (in Macedonian). 7 July 2018.
- Popovski, Aleksandar (19 February 2010). "Познати имињата на осумте финалисти за Евросонг / Goko Taneski will represent Macedonia in Oslo". MacFax (in Macedonian). Retrieved 18 June 2010.[dead link]
- "Влатко Илиевски наскоро во голем тв-проект". RadioMK (in Macedonian). 2008. Archived from the original on 15 July 2011. Retrieved 18 June 2010.
- Spasoski, Vasco (27 May 2010). "Влатко Илиевски: Нeка не ми подуруваат гакички, јас не носам долна". Svet (in Macedonian). Archived from the original on 30 May 2010. Retrieved 18 June 2010.
- "Влатко Илиевски ја спаси македонската музика" [Vlatko Ilievski saves Macedonian music]. Backstage.com.mk (in Macedonian). 7 June 2010. Archived from the original on 11 June 2010. Retrieved 18 June 2010.
- "Влатко Илиевски најбогат на свет". Kirilica. 6 June 2010. Archived from the original on 9 June 2010. Retrieved 18 June 2010.
- ""Со други зборови" првенче на Влатко Илиевски". RadioMK (in Macedonian). Archived from the original on 15 July 2011. Retrieved 18 June 2010.
|Awards and achievements|
Gjoko Taneski, Billy Zver and Pejčin
with Jas ja imam silata
| Macedonia in the Eurovision Song Contest
with Crno i belo
Gjoko Taneski, Billy Zver and Pejčin
| Skopje Fest