In Turin Andrea was running in “Circles.” And now North Macedonia has jumped on an exit ramp straight out of the contest. State broadcaster MRT has officially confirmed that it will not participate in Eurovision 2023 in Liverpool.
The broadcaster shared the news in a statement on Friday afternoon. It said:
“Such a decision is in the best interest of the citizens, taking into account the increased costs due to the energy crisis, which occupy a large part of the budget of the Public Service, as well as the increased registration fee for the participation in Eurovision 2023, which until last year was 39,143.00 euros, and the next year is expected to be higher. This decision will enable the saving of funds that would have been set aside for the Macedonian delegation’s stay in Liverpool, where Eurovision 2023 is being held.”
“However, MRT will broadcast the event, the two semi-final evenings and the grand final on its services. MRT hopes that the situation will stabilize, after which the country will return again with participation in Eurovision in 2024.”
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In Turin, North Macedonia placed 11th in Semi-Final 1, missing the grand final by just one spot. Andrea’s song “Circles” came together live, giving many people hope that she might squeeze through. Alas it wasn’t meant to be.
At Eurovision 2019 in Tel Aviv, North Macedonia famously won the jury vote thanks to Tamara Todevska’s song “Proud,” which gave many fans hope the country had turned a corner at the song contest. Perhaps they can keep those hopes alive when and if they return next year.