For Eurofans, endless speculation and countless predictions shape the months leading to the Eurovision final. Even if fans only have the studio version of a song to work with, they still dive heart-first into those most important questions: What will the staging look like? Who will have the voice to match the power of the music? Who will achieve an incredible result against the odds?
This year was filled with big surprises. San Marino’s Serhat achieved the best result ever for San Marino, finishing 19th in the grand final. On top of that he secured a tenth-place finish in the televote, proving that size does not matter in Eurovision. Norway’s KEiiNO, despite being nowhere near the top of the betting odds, won the televote by a margin of 30 points.
But in the end, only one performer could take home the coveted Vision Music Award for Biggest Surprise. After counting 3,133 votes, we can now reveal that North Macedonia’s Tamara Todevska emerges victorious. With over 45% of all votes counted and a margin of over 22% over second place, this is a clear victory for the “Proud” singer.
Deban and William immediately fell in love with Tamara’s song when it was released, praising it as the best ballad North Macedonia has ever sent. You can watch their first reaction below.
The broader Wiwi Jury was split about whether Tamara could bring North Macedonia back to the final — giving her an average score of just 6.44 and putting her in 21st position. Wiwiblogger William was among the more confident people in her corner.
“Borderless, timeless, powerful, classical, contemporary — ‘Proud’ ticks so many boxes. A power ballad of the first order, it glides from verse to chorus owing to the masterful control and melodic vocals of Tamara — one of North Macedonia’s brightest gems. If she can nail this vocally during the live show — and with tasteful staging to fit the stirring tune — I see no reason why she can’t slay her way to the final.”
Her raw emotions elevated the song to a new realm over the studio version. She managed to create the perfect balance of intimacy and power to touch the hearts of viewers and jurors alike. The important feminist message was delivered in an authentic way: she dedicated the song to her own daughter. All in all, she made her country Proud.
Eventually, she proved her doubters wrong by winning the jury vote — no easy feat for a country that has continuously struggled to make the final. She captured many (if not all) records for a Eurovision singer from North Macedonia — the best result ever in the final and semi-final, the highest score ever and the first jury winner ever from the Balkans.
Eurovision 2019: Biggest Surprise
- Tamara Todevska – 1,411 votes (45.04%)
- KEiiNO – 716 votes (22.85%)
- Serhat – 711 votes (22.69%)
- Victor Crone – 155 votes (4.95%)
- Leonora – 140 votes (4.47%)
Total votes: 3,133
Tamara Todevska follows in the footsteps of other great artists who impressed the world against all odds. Previous winners of this award include The Netherlands’ Common Linnets (2014), Belgium’s Loïc Nottet (2015) and Moldova’s Sunstroke Project (2017).
Vision Music Awards 2019: The Nominees
This award is just one of over a dozen awards we have launched as part of the Vision Music Awards 2019 (VMAs).
Our 13 categories — from best dressed to most wronged at ESC — identify the contestants who left the biggest impression on Eurovision fans, regardless of whether they won the contest or not.