Skopje, Macedonia – October 28, 2011 – PRODIREKT, a US based company that owns one of the fastest growing educational social networks – Verbalists, awarded a two-week language course at KINGS COLLEGES for the first Macedonian Pop Idol. Even at the very start of the of the Macedonian Pop Idol finals, the language education became a true hit among the young in Macedonia, while the Verbalists Facebook page for the Balkans recorded more than 1000 new members in just one week. Ivan will improve his English at KINGS COLLEGES, one of the oldest and most prestigious language institutions in the UK, with the tradition spanning over 54 years and centres in London, Oxford and Bournemouth, the English Riviera gem.
Macedonian Idol Season 1 (Macedonian: Македонски идол – Makedonski Idol) was the first season of the Macedonian version of the worldwide known talent franchise series Pop Idol. The show started airing on November 13, 2010 on A1 TV and finished airing on May 30, 2011 with the big final held in Metropolis Arena, Skopje. The winner was Ivan Radenov from Gevgelija. As first runner-up finished Miki Sekulovski and second runner-up Dejan Jovanov.
The auditions started in the summer 2010. Ten Macedonian cities were included: Ohrid, Kavadarci, Strumica, Veles, Stip, Kumanovo,Skopje, Bitola, Tetovo and Prilep. Three famous Macedonian personalities were chosen to be the judges: Kaliopi Bukle (singer), Igor Dzambazov (TV host, singer and actor) and Toni Mihajlovski (TV host and actor). Ivanna Hadzievska and Nenad Gjeorgjievski famous for being hosts of the show-magazine A1 Exclusive were the hosts of the show.
Twenty candidates were chosen for the final cut of the show. However, in the final concerts got only 13 candidates (finalists). The other seven were promised to record a song, which will be given as an award from the jury.
Verbalists Interview: Ivan Radenov
October 2011, Skopje, Macedonia