When the running order was released, many said North Macedonia would need to surprise us to stand out.
But when they said that, few would have expected that at North Macedonia’s first rehearsal at Eurovision 2019, the surprise would be similarity in staging to Russia.
However it rapidly became clear that Tamara Todevska‘s stageshow stands on its own.
Her mirrors are purely for reflection. Where they are integral to Sergey’s staging, for North Macedonia the mirrors are window dressing.
Instead the focus of her stageshow is photos flashed up on the screen of women and families, channeling her message of female empowerment. The other focus is her voice.
Tamara sounds outstanding, but this needs more warmth. Like many other performances this is a really dark stage show and that doesn’t tally with an empowerment anthem.
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North Macedonia: First rehearsal at Eurovision 2019
North Macedonia: First press conference 2019
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