Vasil Garvanliev is a North Macedonian singer. He was born in Strumica, at the time of his birth part of Yugoslavia. When he was 7 years old, Vasil scored a hit called “Marionka”. With that song, Vasil became a child star. When he was 10 years old, his family moved to the United States, where he sang at the Chicago Childrens Choir. He did a lot of performances in these days, among others in front of president Clinton. When he was 17, the family moved back to North Macedonia. Vasil also lived and studied in Milan.
As a pop singer, he participated in the 2007 national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. Soon after this, he moved to Toronto where he was admitted to the Royal Conservatory with a full scholarship and remained there for 9 years.
After his return in 2018, He released several singles like “Gerdan” and “Patuvam”. He was a backing vocal for Tamara Todevska in the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. In 2020, he was chosen to represent North Macedonia in the contest himself. Unfortunately, due to the cancellation of the contest, it didn’t happen. However, North Macedonian television invited him again to do the job in 2021, with the song “Here I stand”. Not everything went smoothly; in the video of the song, the Bulgarian flag or something that looked like that, was visible. Vasil also has the Bulgarian nationality. A petition against Vasil as a representative of North Macedonia was, in the end, rejected.
Shortly before the contest, Vasil came out as being gay, which made him the first openly gay North Macedonian participant.