Back in May, she gave North Macedonia their best ever Eurovision result. But following an unfortunate scoring mixup, Tamara Todevska wasn’t able to celebrate winning the 2019 jury vote. However, the “Proud” singer may have her moment next year in Rotterdam by performing as an interval act.

The proposal was first raised by Eurovision “secret informer” blog HOD45. They claim that the EBU wants to make things right with Tamara Todevska by letting her perform as an interval act at one of the three Eurovision 2020 shows.

But it’s by no means definite. As HOD45 notes, the EBU doesn’t decide who the Eurovision interval acts are. That’s the responsibility of the host broadcaster — in this case, Dutch broadcasters NPO, NOS and AVROTROS will decide.

Neither the EBU nor the Dutch broadcasters have publicly commented on the issue.

Update: 28 November 2019, 5.41am

Tamara has responded to the rumour on Twitter, writing that “these are just rumours”. She also clarifies that she doesn’t “feel that anything was stolen from me.”

Human error led to an incorrect jury result

During the results segment of Eurovision 2019, Sweden was revealed as the winner of the jury votes. However, all was not what it seemed.

After the show, a fan noticed that the composite vote to replace the dismissed Belarusian jury appeared to have been calculated incorrectly.

The EBU confirmed an error had been made and issued the correct Belarus jury voting. This put North Macedonia at the top of the overall jury vote. The error came with a bittersweet taste for North Macedonia, depriving Tamara Todevska of the chance to celebrate getting the best ever result for her country.

However, it’s only been since the results sequence changed in 2016 that the winner of the jury vote has a specific moment in the show. Eurovision 2019 televote winner KEiiNO was not singled out in the same way that the jury vote winner was.

What do you think about this idea? Would it be the right move to let Tamara Todevska perform at next year’s Eurovision Song Contest? Or should the Rotterdam show focus on new performances? Let us know in the comments section down below!

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Ulvi
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Ulvi

Why pick Tamara when you could have the amazing, astonishing WAY-AY-AY lady?

Patrick Mares
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Patrick Mares

Sorry but no!

Valery
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YES! YES! YES! YES! YES!

Kirby
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Kirby

Maybe an act featuring Tamara+Mahmood+Luca+Sergey or Tamara with Mila!!!

Maya G
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Maya G

I love Tamara but that’s unnecessary IMO. It’s not that she suffered such a grave injustice that she needs to be compensated.
If any 2019 participant other than Duncan should be incorporated in the interval act, it’s probably Mahmood. It would continue the nice tradition that started in 2019 of honoring the runner up, plus Soldi is a pretty big hit, as was Fuego.

L'oiseau
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L'oiseau

I think that could start a very nice tradition of having the jury vote winner singing the next year in the interval act. But the same should apply to the televote winner, of course. As I said in a earlier post, some sort of recognition should be given to the winners of the jury and televote if they differ from the actual winner.

Jonas
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Jonas

No, I disagree. There’s only one winner. We don’t need three.

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

I didn’t even like this song and didn’t see what all the fuss was about.
The jury system still seems really unfair and flawed (5 people who have the same sway as millions on the phone).
It really doesn’t matter who wins either vote if they still insist on having them both and combining them, the only winner that matters is the overall one.

Esc1234
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Esc1234

Although her moment was stolen last year, she is a class act and she achieved the best result of North Macedonia. Let’s move on

TheDrMistery
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TheDrMistery

But she was in the spotlight throughout the entire jury voting. Norway won the televoting and ultimately placed higher but they got… 40 seconds? The new way of presenting votes is more exciting at the start but when you have jury winners far in the public voting, like it happened with Kazakhstan at JESC or Sweden/North Macedonia this year, it’s anticlimatic and there’s no acknowledgement of who did well in televoting. 2016 system was fine.

Jinbeizaki
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Jinbeizaki

At least in JESC this year you had the number of points given by the public written on the scoreboard so you could keep track of who got the highest public vote unlike with Eurovision this year (or you had to keep track of everything like writing it somewhere but let’s be honest everyone found out Norway won the televote winner AFTER the show). I would like for the 2016 system to be back as well since it’s easier for the public to keep track of the order. Or at the very least for the points to be shown like… Read more »

Ugnius
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Ugnius

2016 voting system would have been anticlimatic as well – I mean, Norway would have been left the last country to be anounced and currently they have 40 jury points, while The Netherlands are first with 492 points. So it would have been completely obvious that Norway didn’t managed to receive 450+ points from televoting to surpass The Netherlands

Fefe
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Fefe

She only won the jury vote because the real Belarussian jury votes were dismissed and some bullsh’t algorithm created new results for them. IMO the Belarussian jury votes should have not been replaced with any alternative. And with that she would have came second.

Africavision
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Africavision

Can we just take a few minutes to appreciate the turnaround that North Macedonia has had at Eurovision in 2019. Eurovision Song Contest: Prior to 2019, North Macedonia had competed 18 times, and only featured in 8 grand-finals. When they did qualify for the grand-final, they finished, on average, in 15th position. In their 11 most recent participation’s, they failed to qualify for the grand-final 10 times, placing, on average, in 13th position in the semi-finals. Their best placement was 12th in the 2006 grand-final. Their best placement in a semi-final was 9th. Enter Tamara Todevska, in 2019: she placed… Read more »

Campbell Grace
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Campbell Grace

They definitely deserved better in 2018 and 2019 based on their songs, but the staging was the downfall. I hope to see both Jana and Eye Cue return with better staging. I hope they keep the momentum up which I presume they will.

Khazar
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Why? No ?t ?sn’t good idea

Artsy
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Artsy

No. No reason why.
Let’s move on.

dygh
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dygh

When announcing the winner they should also display the separate winners or the hosts could congratulate them during the victory walk instead of saying “wow”, “incredible”, “amazing” or “we are waiting”.

Alybloggs
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Alybloggs

There is no point. But she can announce her countries’ points next year.

Jake
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Jake

Lol, why?

Azuro
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Azuro

If you invite her as the jury winner you need to invite keiino as the televote winner.

keith mawson
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keith mawson

Yes do that. Only fair.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

I have a suggestion: open the jury votes’ announcement with North Macedonia, invite Tamara to share her country’s points and before she does that, the hosts can take a moment to acknowledge that EBU’s mistake unfairly took her spotlight an year before.

TheDrMistery
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TheDrMistery

Short and simple.

Loin dici
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I don’t mind, as long as NPO approves it.

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

If she wants to, why not?

Miss Uncongeniality
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Miss Uncongeniality

I don’t think this is a good idea, indeed I think that if they invite her as an interval act, KEiiNO should be invited too

Gilad
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Gilad

First of all we don’t need a reason for inviting this fantastic singer to sing as an intreval act, and with this reason then of course invite her

Wolf
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Wolf

Don’t look back. Tamara was great, but she belongs to ESC 2019. Let’s look forward and leave the past behind.

bastian
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bastian

Erm, no…. I want to see Dutch interval acts. Move on girl.

Pandelis
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Pandelis

I am tired of this victimology. She did not deserve being jury winner at all and the mixup only lays bare how random their voting really is. Her performance was great but the song was a stale bag of clichés only fit for a beauty contest. The jury system needs to be reformed, not celebrated for its bizarre choices. How can anyone take the credibility of these “experts” (mostly recycled names from the Eurovision bubble) seriously when they rank Proud and Too late for love higher than Arcade or Soldi? Bring Keeino as an interval, nobody even acknowledged them as… Read more »

Rasmus
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Rasmus

yes. it would have been Tamara VS John at the end. So i feel she have to be invited. Its a really big thing to be in the end you know. Its EBUS fault. Only 2 can be it

pepe
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pepe

No it would have been Tamara vs Duncan. Duncan had the highest total score at that moment. John got his tele vote points after Duncan and was then eliminated as a possible winner. So in the end we got to see Duncan and Tamara and the big question: North Macedonia needs 250 (don’t know the exact number) points to win and how many points is North Macedonia getting? As if anybody would have believed she would have gotten that many points and the eventual reveal of 58 points would have been a complete anti climax.

Jo.
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Jo.

no, and move on.

Kosey
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Kosey

What about those guys from Montenegro as an interval act? They tried so hard last year and it would be a fitting thank you now Montenegro is no longer taking part.

WannaEatMySpaghetti
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WannaEatMySpaghetti

Sure and let’s also invite Rambo Amadeus 😐

Edouard
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Edouard

I’d actually love that, Rambo Amadeus is a legend!

pepe
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pepe
pepe
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pepe

Tamara’s response on Twitter. I really love her.
https://twitter.com/TamaraTodevska/status/1199775935345631234

Mr Vanilla Bean
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Mr Vanilla Bean

Such a class act. But performing in the 2008 Eurovision final was definitely stolen from her.

RoboESC
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RoboESC

No gonna happen guys. The dutch won’t give an interval act away to tamara who has not a single thing to do with the Netherlands.

Denis
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Denis

Nope. Why? Simple.
Is the contest being held in Skopje? No. Is she Dutch? No. Does she have any connection to the Netherlands? Nope.
The interval act should be saved for local talent, not 2019 contestants.

Roelof Meesters
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Roelof Meesters

I normally support these kind of ideas but I don’t feel like this mistake justifies her getting an invitation for an interval act all on her own. If we want 2019 singers next year we should invite at least 5 of the most notable entrants to perform together next year.

Mr Vanilla Bean
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Mr Vanilla Bean

Also, to address the root of the problem: At this point, I am not sure who won any voting in this year’s Eurovision. So many irregularities in the jury voting, so many non-transperancies and injustices in the televoting. Who could possibly tell for sure?

Yordan
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Yordan

Yeees, Yeees! 🙂

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

I’ve got an idea – Switch Song Part Two: 2019 Edition, with Tamara, KEiiNO, Mahmood and… Hatari, to spice it up a little.

Tom
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Tom

OMG Hatari, Tamara, Tamta, Maruv and Conan and i am readyyyy

Ziv
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Ziv

But no Duncan?

Mr Vanilla Bean
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Mr Vanilla Bean

Initially, I was going to say yes, but then I thought, one would have to give the Norwegians the same chance because letting only the jury vote winner perform would send the message that the jury vote is somehow more important. It’s trying to right a wrong that cannot be righted anyway by creating another wrong. But it doesn’t strike me as an EBU-like move at all, anyway. Doing this would mean they would actually and quite publicly admit fault. lol Now that would be a first.

Joe
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Joe

It’s kind of like the whole bit about Eleni potentially being an interval act all by herself this year as opposed to one of the Switch Song performers. If we’re going that route, wouldn’t Mahmood be the most logical person to invite back for another go-round, more so than either Keiino or Tamara? (Or hey, better still: bring in John Lundvik or Sergey Lazarev to balance it out and have THEM do the Switch Song!)

pepe
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pepe

Or just maybe, let the Dutch broadcaster decide how they want to do the show.

Mr Vanilla Bean
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Mr Vanilla Bean

Well we aren’t exactly pointing a gun to their head with writing comments here, now are we?

pepe
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pepe

The mere idea of having Mahmood in Rotterdam after reading the salty comments by his fans about Duncan. How about no.

Mr Vanilla Bean
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Mr Vanilla Bean

lol your comment is very self-revealing. Do you also believe in blood vengeance? “Salty comments” by random people on the internet who he has nothing to do with? He must get the chair, obviously.

pepe
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pepe

I believe in the freedom of the host broadcaster to make the show as they wish. It is not as if inviting the runner up is a tradition. The only inevitable guest will be Verka.

Mr Vanilla Bean
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Mr Vanilla Bean

Literally none of us suggested taking that freedom away. Not even remotely.

xelx
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xelx

How is Mahmood responsible for comments made by fans of him.

Mr Vanilla Bean
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Mr Vanilla Bean

No playback though! I’d rather advocate for a full length real Eurovision performance. That Switch Song playback was pointless to me. I would pay attention to literally nobody when it’s playback. Actually, I found this whole shtick really pathetic. Especially the “Fuego” part was just sad, in my opinion. There was zero fuego involved. It was chilling.

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

Well, what were you expecting from Mans’ cover? Still, I’d say he delivered a pretty nice “Fireplace”.
Switch Song is a good concept, it just needs a better execution and more contrast. Full-length performances wouldn’t work though – 1 minute per each performance is enough to get the idea, 20 minutes long interval act would be an overkill.

Mr Vanilla Bean
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Mr Vanilla Bean

Okay, but don’t tell me I’m the only one who resented the fact that it was full playback, am I? What is this? Eurovision or some random drag show?

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

Of course I don’t want playback at Eurovision either, that’s what I partially meant by the “execution”, I’d love live instruments to come back as well by the way (yet I wouldn’t be very surprised if by 2069 Eurovision was playback-only).

Mr Vanilla Bean
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Mr Vanilla Bean

Damn, I’m young enough to very likely still be alive in 2069. Just can’t catch a break. lol

Mr Vanilla Bean
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Mr Vanilla Bean

In general, I think letting the jury AND televote winners of last year perform next year would make for a great tradition. This way, at least the fandom would actually pay attention to the intervals. I know I can’t really remember a single interval act. I know some of you might be attentive but let’s be real here, literally all I think about is “just give us the damn results and stop this annoying nonsense.” It would be interesting to see how more of last year’s popular acts held up and if they could create even better performances on another… Read more »

pepe
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pepe

Yes, it would have been so much better for Tamara during those minutes before the final reveal and then getting 58 points. She was truly robbed of a great moment.

Preuss
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Preuss

To be honest, Tamara was such a great sport about it all really when she received her televote points

pepe
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pepe

I like her a lot and I wouldn’t mind seeing her in Rotterdam. But it is not as if she was robbed of a glorious moment. She got lots of screen time during the jury voting. And because of the mistake it was poor John and not her who had to suffer that last moment.

Joe
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Joe

I wouldn’t complain! I was so happy to see how well the juries scored her song, especially when you could see how emotional it made her. (Also, for all you bookie-followers out there: if you’re just trying to guess who’s going to win the jury vote, put money on whoever the UK gives 12 to. They’ve gotten it right the last three years!)

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

Or alternatively who Belarus gives their 10 points to.

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

“hod45” is literally hollywoodlife’s insider shddfkjfsja

i’d listen to miss tamara todevska sing every day so i’d be here for it

Poli-Genova
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Poli-Genova

I earlier suggested she could perform together with that dutch drag queen that sang Proud at a local television show and won a competition.

VlaD
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VlaD

She 100% deserves this

btw
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btw

Yes!!