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!