It is no secret that F.Y.R Macedonia has not had its fair share of luck at Eurovision in recent years. In order to try and break this curse, the Macedonian broadcaster MRT revealed that they would be sending former Eurovision entrant and Balkan diva, Tamara Todevska, to the contest this May. This week, more information regarding Macedonia’s participation in the contest have been released. So, here is a brief overview of what we know thus far.

“Let Me Love You” 2.0?

On February 8th, Macedonian website libertas.mk published the news that Tamara would be performing the song “Proud” at this year’s contest. The team behind the song consists of Robert Bilbilov, Lazar Cvetkoski and Darko Dimitrov, who have all been in the Eurovision bubble for quite some time now.

Lazar Cvetkoski was a composer for the 2013 and 2014 Macedonian entries. Robert Bilbilov worked with Tamara on her first Eurovision entry as well as the Macedonian entry in 2015, “Autumn Leaves”.  Finally, Darko Dimitrov has been a long player in the Eurovision bubble working with Macedonia in both the adult and junior versions of the contest. Moreover, he has helped numerous other Balkan nations with their entries such as Albania in 2015 and Serbia in 2018. All of these composers have brought a plethora of flavour to the contest and thus remains a lot of space for our imaginations to run amok with ideas and fantasies

The decision on Tamara’s song was concluded upon by a consultative body of the Macedonian Radio Television established specifically for this purpose.  Making up said body are four figureheads within MRT, namely:

  • Aneta Andonova – Editor-in-chief of MRT
  • Meri Popova – Editor of the MRT 1 culture and arts program
  • Avni Qaili – Editor of the MRT 2 culture and arts program
  • Toni Cifrovski – Editor of the MRA 1 culture and arts program

The body began evaluating potential entries submitted to them after Tamara had been announced as the Macedonian representative in the contest.

At the moment, the team behind the song are making final touches to the arrangement before the it is released to the public. No official date has been set for the song’s debut; all we know is that is will be “soon”.

Money, Money, Money

The second story to surface from F.Y.R Macedonia this week concerned the national broadcaster’s budget for the 64th edition of the contest.  An article written on zenskimagasin.mk highlights information regarding how the Balkan nation will allocate funds for the contest.

In total, 7 million denars (113,000 Euros) have been requested for both Eurovision and Junior Eurovision this year.  This money will be used for travel, transportation, hotels and diaries for the Macedonian delegations in both contests.  MRT will have to spend over 40,000 Euros for “Program rights”, of which 36,000 Euros are for their participation in Eurovision, while 5,000 are for registering for the junior contest.

The country’s national broadcaster have stated that the total amount planned falls within their envisaged budget for this year’s Eurovision season but have acknowledged that there could be some monetary deviations in either direction.  The editor-in-chief of MRT, Aneta Andonova, commented on the subject, stating: “Let’s think of something effective with the money that we have”.

Hopefully, the planned funds will be able to suffice Macedonia in putting together a fitting stage show in May – a matter, which has been their Achilles’ heel these past few years.

What do you think about these recent developments coming from the Balkan nation.  Are you excited for Tamara’s song and the team behind it? Do you think everything will fall into place for Macedonia this year? Let us know your opinion down in the comments below!

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I am a little upset that it is not in Macedonian ;(
I was hoping for a Balkan ballad like her previous attempt “Brod sto tone”. I hope it will not be a generic pop song like her sister’s “To the Sky” from Tijana Dapcevic.

Rose
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Rose

The song better make us proud. And the performance too. I would like for her to qualify.

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Denis
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Denis

I hope it’s better than Euro pop/ Disco sound. Cause that sounds so outdated if not done properly.

Philip
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Philip

It is perfectly correct to call the country North Macedonia, as the agreement has been officially passed in Macedonian and Greek Parliament. In a week from now, the UN – all countries will be officially informed about this, and asked to refer to the country as North Macedonia, and also the plate of the Govt. building will be replaced as well as the country’s borders plates and so on. The citizens of the country remain Macedonians, as well as the language – Macedonian. It is the country name only that gets an add-on to its original name. So, for instance… Read more »

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Give her something simple, well-written, well-staged. Basically, give her what she had in 2015.

Miguel
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Miguel

Best of luck for FYROM Macedonia this year (or should I call them North Macedonia?)

I hope they don’t mess it up with the staging, just keep it simple and let your voice and artist shine!

Best from Spain

Rasmus
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Rasmus

i say NorthMacedonia Now 🙂

Tomás davitt
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Tomás davitt

Yea as you mentioned, it comes down to staging. Just look at Moldova last year – you don’t need tonnes of money to make really effective and impactful staging

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

i love this all-macedonian team, i hope it’s good!

Yssy
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Yssy

Macedonia had a great song for Junior Eurovision this year. Hopefully they can do it as well for ESC

Rasmus
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Rasmus

The song was great i agree. but i cant say she sang it good. After she sang i knew it was not a top 10 finish

Frisian esc
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Frisian esc

I kinda have a feeling this is going to be good. I certainly hope so. Also macedonia is probably already gonna be called north macedonia next eurovision now that greece has ratified the nato accession protocol.

dual lipper
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dual lipper

I love this Northern lady from the Republic of the North. Soon to be Nordic

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

Take some geography lessons. The Nordics are somewhere else.

fortunato
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fortunato

Take some history lessons and respect people’s feelings, you ignorant.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

Facts don’t care about your feelings.

fortunato
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fortunato

The world is full of countries that think they deserve more territory than they have. EU is made to put an end of this, because somewhere it had to stop.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

It must be hell inside your brain. 😉

fortunato
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fortunato

Yes, it is, not by choice.

Loin dici
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Loin dici

I love this truly Macedonian lady from the only republic of Macedonia.

Yep, it will hurt your feelings, ain’t it? Stop pretending. We don’t want another Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict.

fortunato
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fortunato

Are you from Canada? An expert.

Rasmus
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Rasmus

Its NorthMacedonia now. And we all know many greeks will say different names because they dont have the same history books that the rest of Europe have. My friend told me that. He is greek.

Philip
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Philip

you should press the space button between North and Macedonia.. otherwise, nobody has problem with the new name except for some nationalists, but they are crazy anyhow, anywhere

Philip
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Philip

Relax guys it is only a joke and a good one actually.. good job dual lipper.. even we in North Macedonia tend to joke about it.. once the weather gets chilly for a few days, everyone starts saying, “well u wanted to be north, now shut up..”

Jo.
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Jo.

Go girl! You can break the curse!

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

Give us something you can be proud of! This shouldn’t be too hard. Darko wrote so many good songs for various singers, Lazar gave Lozano a couple of great songs and Tamara is the better sister!