As the 2016 Eurovision Season kicks off and the “Autumn Leaves” are all set to begin falling, MRT, the public broadcaster of FYR Macedonia, has revealed its plans for Skopje Fest 2015.
MRT has called singers, composers and songwriters to submit their songs for Skopje Fest 2015, one of the main musical events in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The competition is scheduled to take place on November. The exact date is yet to be decided.
Skopje Fest has a long story, begining back in 1968, when FYROM was still a part of Yugoslavia. After running for 12 years, it was canceled in 1980, only to be revived in 1994 by the recently formed Republic of Macedonia.
In 1998, when FYROM first participated in the Eurovision Song Contest, the festival was selected as the way of chosing the country’s first representative. That continued until 2011. In 2012 though, MRT announced that Skopje Fest will continue being held as an independent event but without having anything to do with the national selection for Eurovision. Nevertheless, this decision didn’t last long and on 15 July 2014 it was announced that Skopje Fest will return as the Macedonian national final for Eurovision.
Skopje Fest has caused a lot of controversy and the results have repetitively been doubted, mainly beacause of the announcement of only the top three places, as well as the fact that neither the points of jury, nor the televote results are made public
It is probable that the winner of Skopje Fest 2015 will get to represent FYR Macedonia in Eurovision 2016, if the country eventually participates. The deadline for songs submission is September 15th. All songs must be no longer than four minutes, must be in Macedonian language and must not be released prior to Skopje Fest.