North Macedonia in the Eurovision Song Contest
North Macedonia, previously presented in the contest as the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (F.Y.R. Macedonia), has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 19 times since its official debut in 1998. The country had attempted to participate in 1996, but failed to qualify from the audio-only qualifying round. The current Head of Delegation is Meri Popova.
|Member station||Macedonian Radio Television|
|National selection events|
|Appearances||19 (9 finals)|
|Best result||7th: 2019|
|North Macedonia's page at Eurovision.tv|
| For the most recent participation see|
North Macedonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020
Prior to 2019, North Macedonia's best result was a 12th-place finish with Elena Risteska in 2006. Having qualified from the semi-final round only once in ten of the previous eleven contests (2008–18), North Macedonia achieved its best result to date in 2019, when Tamara Todevska qualified and finished in seventh place in the final after winning the jury vote.
Prior declaring independence in 1991, as a constituent country of SFR Yugoslavia, the Socialist Republic of Macedonia participated in the Yugoslav pre-selection called among the other Yugoslav federal units. Also, Macedonian composers wrote songs for candidates from other parts of Yugoslavia. However, the Macedonian entries never managed to win, and the SR Macedonia was the only federal state never to send a Yugoslav entry to the Eurovision Song Contest. An exception occurred when Maja Odžaklievska won the Yugoslav competition in 1979, but she did not perform in the Eurovision Song Contest 1979 due to the Yugoslavian decision not to participate that year.
As the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYR Macedonia), the country submitted its first entry, "Samo ti" (Само ти) sung by Kaliopi, for the 1996 edition. However, the country failed to qualify through the non-broadcast pre-selection round. Its efforts to enter the contest were again hindered in 1997, when another new system was introduced where countries with the lowest average scores over the previous four years were excluded from participating. The country made its debut in 1998, with Vlado Janevski's "Ne zori, zoro".
The country's best result before 2019 (and the best result with its old name) was in 2006, when Elena Risteska sang "Ninanajna" (Нинанајна) in Athens, Greece and came 12th. It is the only country to have qualified from every semi-final from 2004 to 2007 (other countries have qualified for every final but due to them finishing in the top 10 the previous year, they did not have to compete in the semi-final). Despite never finishing in the top 10, their record of qualifying for every final was only broken in 2008, when the jury vote used in the semi-final chose Sweden as a finalist, despite Tamara, Vrčak and Adrian having come 10th in the televote. Since then, only in 2012 did they make the final.
Macedonian Radio Television, which broadcasts the event, has used the Skopje Fest festival to select the national entry since the country's debut, although it made several changes in the national final format, so the 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2012 national finals were organised outside the Skopje Festival.
For 2019, the country competed for the first time under its new name, North Macedonia. MRT selected Tamara Todevska as their act of choice, performing the song "Proud". The song managed to qualify through the second semifinal, and reached seventh place in the final, winning the international jury vote. This is the first top ten placement for the country, and also broke the record as the highest place ever for North Macedonia in the history of the contest.
|Entry selected but did not compete|
|Kaliopi||Macedonian||"Samo ti" (Само ти)||Failed to qualify[a]||26||14|
|Vlado Janevski||Macedonian||"Ne zori, zoro" (Не зори, зоро)||19||16||No semi-finals|
|XXL||Macedonian, English||"100% te ljubam" (100% те љубам)||15||29|
|Karolina||Macedonian||"Od nas zavisi" (Од нас зависи)||19||25|
|Martin Vučić||English||"Make My Day"||17||52||9||97|
|Elena Risteska||English, Macedonian||"Ninanajna" (Нинанајна)||12||56||10||76|
|Karolina||Macedonian, English||"Mojot svet" (Мојот свет)||14||73||9||97|
|Tamara, Vrčak and Adrian||English||"Let Me Love You"||Failed to qualify||10[b]||64|
|Next Time||Macedonian||"Nešto što kje ostane" (Нешто што ќе остане)||10[b]||45|
|Gjoko Taneski, Billy Zver & Pejčin||Macedonian||"Jas ja imam silata" (Јас ја имам силата)||15||37|
|Vlatko Ilievski||Macedonian, English||"Rusinka" (Русинкa)||16||36|
|Kaliopi||Macedonian||"Crno i belo" (Црно и бело)||13||71||9||53|
|Esma & Lozano||Macedonian, Romani||"Pred da se razdeni" (Пред да се раздени)||Failed to qualify||16||28|
|Tijana||English||"To the Sky"||13||33|
|Daniel Kajmakoski||English||"Autumn Leaves"||15||28|
|Jana Burčeska||English||"Dance Alone"||15||69|
|Eye Cue||English||"Lost and Found"||18||24|
|Vasil||English||"You"||Contest cancelled[c] X|
Barbara Dex AwardEdit
Commentators and spokespersonsEdit
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|1992||John Ilija Apelgren||Did not participate|
|1993||Antonio Dimitrievski and Ivan Mircevski|
|1997||Dragan B. Kostik|
|1998||Milanka Rašik||Evgenija Teodosievska|
|1999||Ivan Mircevski||Did not participate|
|2000||Milanka Rašik||Sandra Todorovska|
|2001||Did not participate|
|2003||Did not participate|
|2004||Ivan Mircevski||Karolina Petkovska|
|2006||Karolina Petkovska||Martin Vučić|
|2007||Milanka Rašik||Elena Risteska|
|2009||Karolina Petkovska||Frosina Josifovska|
|2011||Eli Tanaskovska||Kristina Talevska|
|2019||Toni Cifrovski||Nikola Trajkovski|
Notes and referencesEdit
- Macedonia unsuccessfully attempted to participate in 1996, when there was an audio-only pre-qualifying round for all countries (excluding hosts Norway). The official Eurovision site does not count 1996 in North Macedonia's list of appearances.
- Whilst 10th place in the televote would have been sufficient to qualify in previous years, in 2008 and 2009 only the top nine places qualified automatically and the tenth place was decided based on the votes of the backup juries. North Macedonia did not progress to the final in either year: in 2008 Sweden beat Macedonia to the final, while the same occurred in 2009 with Finland.
- The 2020 contest was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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