It’s been 11 years since Tamara Todevska took to the stage in Belgrade with Vrcak and Adrian. Now, the stage is hers alone. She’s looking to finally take North Macedonia back to the grand final, with her song “Proud”.
“Proud” — Tamara Todevska
Tamara Todevska chose to delay the release of “Proud” to today to coincide with International Women’s Day. The song celebrates women all over and their strength, as does the video.
That strength comes through shining in Tamara’s vocals. The song builds with some beautiful piano and string instrumentation. Tamara’s vocals get ever more powerful and they could be a real “wow” moment on stage, y’all.
The video sees a diverse cast of women, initially looking timid. But as the song goes on, their pride comes through. By the end, many are shouting or singing along, showing how “proud” they are. We’re loving the message and we can see why Tamara chose to hold off the release to mark IWD.
Tamara Todevska at Eurovision
Tamara Todevska finished 10th in her semi-final in 2008. She missed out on the grand final due to a rule in the 2008 contest which stated that the tenth qualifier would be determined by a jury.
The jury opted to send former Eurovision winner Charlotte Perrelli through with “Hero“, taking Tamara Todevska’s place in the grand final. This would be the start of the country’s eleven year drought, during which they have only qualified for the final once.
That wasn’t Tamara’s only appearance on the Eurovision stage. In 2014, Tamara was a backing vocalist on Tijana’s entry “To the Sky“. Tijana — Tamara’s older sister — finished 13th in the semi-final, also failing to qualify for the grand final. Tamara has plenty of Eurovision experience up her belt but has never made it to the grand final — something she will be hoping to change in 2019.
What do you think of “Proud”? Are you proud of North Macedonia at Eurovision this year? Let us know in the comments below!