FYR Macedonia‘s broadcaster MRT has been keeping very quiet about their plans for Eurovision 2018. But finally the broadcaster has revealed their selection process for Lisbon. FYR Macedonia will again use internal selection and have now launched the public submission period.
There was drama last year when it looked like the Balkan nation would not be able to participate at Eurovision 2018 due to financial issues. However, in November the broadcaster reached an agreement with the EBU and was happily put back on the 2018 roster.
In the two months since then, MRT has been keeping quiet. But now they have revealed details of their internal selection process for Eurovision 2018.
The broadcaster will again use internal selection to pick their act — but this time it’s open to the public. The broadcaster will select the song first then match it with a suitable performer to take to Lisbon.
This is the reverse of last year’s process. Idol singer Jana Burcheska was first announced as the selected artist. The broadcaster then launched a song search to find Jana’s song for Kyiv.
The song submission process is open to songwriters and music producers from both Macedonia and foreign countries. Interested songwriters are asked to send demos to the broadcaster.
An internal panel will select the song they feel is best for FYR Macedonia to take to Eurovision. They will then match the song with a solo artist or a group of some sort.
The song submission period runs until 8 February. This will give MRT little over one month to select the song and artist before the expected deadline for all entries on 12 March.
FYR MACEDONIA AT EUROVISION
FYR Macedonia debuted at Eurovision in 1996. Their best years were the mid 2000s, where from 2004 to 2007 they always qualified for the grand final and took home respectable mid-table finishes. However, the past decade has not been as promising.
In the last ten years, FYR Macedonia has only qualified for the grand final once. That was in 2012, when Kaliopi took her fierce rock anthem “Crno i belo” to a 13th place finish in Baku.
Last year Jana Burceska became an early fan favourite with the studio version of her song, “Dance Alone”. Sadly, the live version of the song couldn’t capture that studio magic and the performance languished in the semi-finals.
But there was still good news for Jana — she announced her pregnancy in her postcard, and her boyfriend surprised her with a green room marriage proposal.
With FYR Macedonia having been out of the grand final for so long, MRT will no doubt be looking for the perfect song to get the country back to the final.
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