Risteska was born in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia(then
in Yugoslavia) and showed an interest in music and drawing
at an early age. Elena inherited her musical interest from her mother, but also
she pursued other hobbies and interests from her.
1994, Elena joined the KUD "Kocho Racin" (a club for folk
dances and songs). Elena took part in school activities such as singing in
the "Young Imitators" show and becoming a member of the drama
1996, Elena made her television debut in the “Mak-Karaoke Show”
where she performed the song “Flamingo” on the commercial channel A1 TV.
The same year she started to take a courses in English and French
language. After that, Elena started to sing in the school chorus and went
for her first tour with the folk dances club.
1998, Elena took part in many competitions and won many local,
national, and international awards in drawing.
1999, Elena provided her talent in poetry by one song of her,
that won title best and it was published in the most famous childred
newspaper – “Our World”
2000, Elena went on toured in Turkey,
Czech Republic, and Bulgaria
with the folk dances club. That year she was on one art colny in Strumica
December 22nd 2002, Elena
rose to popularity in Macedonia
by competing and winning in the reality television show Play - Search For
A Star organized by “M2” production. Her debut single, “Ona Drugoto”
("The Other Thing”)" became a hit in Macedonia.
July 2003, she had her successful debut album Den i Nok. The album
included various songs (R&B, Pop and Hip-Hop) which also became
successful singles in Macedonia
and other Balkan countries. Risteska is also an occasional songwriter. She
has wrote many songs for many popular perfomers here in Macedonia and also in the
other countries for ex: 4Play, Lambe Alabakoski, Rober Bilbilob, Rade
Vrcakovski – Vrcak, Aleksandra Pileva, Verica Pandilovska ect.
her great success with her debut album in Maceodonia, she started promoting herself
outside in the foreign countries.
2004, she performed at the Golden Stag Festival in Brasov,
Romania and in 2005 she
performed “Ni na nebo, ni na zemja” (“Neither heaven or earth”) at the
“Suncane Skale” festival in Herceg
Elena’s video began rotating on MTV Adria and her popularity continued to
March 4, 2006, Elena Risteska won the Macedonia preselection contest
for the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Ninanajna”. The song
was composed and produced by Darko Dimitrov, with lyrics by Rade
Vrcakovski. The song is an uptempo, pop song with elements of R&B, disco and dance
music. Risteska qualified for the final, and after spending most of the
night on the edge of the top ten, at 18th od May 2006, she
finished 12th with 56 points, the best finish for any musician who has
ever represented Macedonia
in the Eurovision Song Contest.
her performance on the Eurovision Song Contest her popularity grew very fast
although she was already popular. That contest guarantied her many contracts
with many foreign production houses such as “Foreign Media Music” from
Netherland and “Studio Shaman” from
France and she signed a couple of contracts with foreign peroformes such as –
Regina (with who she published the song “Ljubav nije za nas” as an alteration
of the eponymous song).
July 2006, Elena performed “Ne Mogu” (“I Can’t”) (Darko
Dimitrov,Kaliopi,Darko Dimitrov)at the Suncane Skale festival where she
placed 10th. Elena traveled to Yerevan, Armenia in September to perform as a guest
Eurovision 2006 representative Andre’s concert. She was well received by
the audience, which was expected because her Eurovision song “Ninanajna”
was a summer hit and a popular ringtone in Armenia.
October 2006, Elena released a new single called “Esen vo mene” (“Automn
in me”) composed by Darko Dimitrov. After that she published her second
album called “192” (which name is a number for calling the police). The
album is made in France
in the “Studio Shaman” in production of Leroy Chambers and Darko Dimitrov.
As the first one, the second one was also well accepted from the audience
and it had a really successful promotion. Most of the songs such as: “Esen
vo mene” (“Automn in me”), “Nekade Daleku” (“Somewhere far”), “Milioner” (“Millioner”)
and the eponymous song “192” became hits number one in the Macedonian
is currently studying Italian language and literature in the “Philological University”
in Skopje, as well going in the university “Eurocollege” in Kumanovo. In the
moment she’s prepearing her English Album also named as “192” which is planed
to promote her in the foreign countries. Also, she is going to publish her
video for the English version of the song “Milioner” which is made in Amsterdam and produced by
“Foreign Media Music”. Anyway, she’s
still performing almost every weekend in the Macedonian famous night clubs such
as: “Grand”, “Frame”, “B2”, “Level”, “Colosseum” ect.. so if you’re about to
listen what she’s got to show you then .. don’t spend your time on stupid
things and go on her parties!!!