Since 2008 North Macedonia — that’s the former Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia — has only managed to qualify for the grand final ONCE. It’s among the most abysmal records in the entire contest. But hopes were buoyed with the news that fan favourite and regional superstar Tamara Todevska would return to the contest. Can she finally get the country back to the Saturday night show?
That’s exactly what we wanted to know when we sat down to film our North Macedonia reaction video. Did Tamara’s classic melody tug on our heart strings? Did the power of her voice unleash a tsunami of sound that took our breath away? You’ll have to watch to find out.
What’s been the reaction to Tamara Todevska’s “Proud”?
Our readers had plenty to say about Tamara’s song on our original news post about her song reveal.
Writing in the comments section, esc stan was clearly vibing with her song.
“That’s how you do a classy ballad with a strong message, Jacques [Houdek] is quaking in his NQ jet,” he says. “I really love this, guys it gets better after each listen! Tamara and the whole Macedonian team should be very proud and I wish them good luck in May! <3”
Mirko suggested that the song has an authenticity that would make even bookies’ favourite Duncan Laurence quiver. “I really love it, is a beautiful modern ballad but with ethnic vibes. This is original and so unique; listening to it you understand where it came from. Compared to the Dutch one, I think that North Macedonia has a personal background which is a good point.”
How does “Proud” stack up against other songs about empowerment? KYLLITO weighs in. “This song has a lot of emotion and it feels very genuine. Of the two female empowerment songs, I much prefer North Macedonia’s than Germany’s. This will easily be in my personal top ten maybe even my top five.”
M_K doesn’t seem to think that it lives up to its initial promise. “The song starts off nicely but it gets quite dreary after a minute or so. The chorus seems over-dramatic. It’s supposed to be an empowering song (I guess) but I suppose it’s quite hard to empower people through agitated melancholia. It’s like ‘Toy’ on Xanax. Oh, and btw, I can already smell accusations of plagiarism in the air because the repeated line “Tell them” sounds vaguely like the hook line of the Streisand/Dion cheese fest ‘Tell Him’.”
Lourdes heard Barbara too. “That’s exactly what it reminded me of, and I spent the rest of the song playing ‘Tell him’ in my mind, when the chorus would start. I don’t know if it was an inspiration or they just didn’t notice it. It’s a huge let down for me when a song vividly reminds me of another one (the same with Estonia, where the start of the chorus is the same as ‘One Last Time’ from Ariana Grande).”
Did Eurovision need another song to give people strength? Ned is skeptical. “Ah, another cliché message as boring 90’s ballad. Still waiting for a song about left-handed people. No one talk about us. Such a discrimination.”
What was your first reaction to North Macedonia’s Eurovision song? Did it light your fire? Are you in tears? Let us know down below!