MRT, the public broadcaster of Macedonia, has today confirmed that it will sing at Eurovision 2016. However, as kurir.mk reports, MRT will not use Skopje Fest as its national selection. As you’ll recall, that event, which resulted in Daniel Kajmakoski’s selection last year, was marred by allegations of vote rigging and police inquiries. Looks like MRT wants to wipe the slate clean…
How they will choose their act is yet to be decided.
MRT has plenty of reasons to start anew — and it’s not just because Daniel crashed out of the semis. The result of last year’s national selection was called into question less than 24 hours after the result.
According to Macedonian website vest.mk, the police were called in to investigate voting fraud. A number of locations across Skopje were searched after the show, resulting in the seizure of over 1,000 phone cards. The Ministry for Internal Affairs confirmed that several individuals had been interviewed in connection with the matter, including owners of the show’s production company and songwriters.
Kurir later reported that police identified “four people suspected of criminal association and computer fraud in connection with the results for the first three places in Skopje Fest selection for Eurovision song.” In total police identified 14 people who were hired to send messages during the voting.
Daniel Kajmakoski, it should be noted, was never accused of wrongdoing.
So what do you think? How should FYR Macedonia choose their entry? Should they go internal or stage another selection show?