It’s the Balkan nation that usually internally selects its act for Eurovision. Now North Macedonia‘s broadcaster MRT has confirmed it will use a new national final Za Evrosong 2022 to select its act for Eurovision 2022.
Broadcaster MRT confirmed the new national final and opened the entry period for the competition. Entries are now open and the broadcaster is looking for submissions from songwriter-singer teams. All performers must be citizens of North Macedonia, however songwriters may come from abroad.
From the entries, MRT will shortlist a number of acts — no more than six — who will compete in the new national final. The winner will be decided by a 50% audience vote and 50% international jury vote.
The winner will receive a prize of €2000 which is intended to be used for final post-production and mastering of the song ahead of Eurovision.
The contest’s name appears to be Za Evrosong 2022 (or “For Eurovision 2022”). Entries for the new national final close on 16 January 2022.
North Macedonia’s Eurovision selection history
North Macedonia debuted at Eurovision in 1996 and until 2012 it regularly used a national final to select its Eurovision act. The long-running song contest Skopje Fest was used as the national final in this era, but from 2005 to 2006 this was replaced with the national final Nacionalen Evrosong.
In 2012, MRT dropped its national final format and simply internally select its Eurovision act. In 2015 Daniel Kajmakoski was selected via Skopje Fest, however the broadcaster returned to internal selection the following year.
North Macedonia’s internal selection era has not delivered the country especially good results. Since 2012, only once has an artist from North Macedonia made it to the Eurovision grand final. This was in 2019 when Tamara Todevska gave her country its best ever Eurovision result when “Proud” finished seventh in the grand final.
Most recently the internally selected act Vasil placed second to last in his semi-final in Rotterdam.
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