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FYR Macedonia: Karolina Petkovska Returns To Commentary Booth for Tenth Eurovision Song Contest

Karolina Petkovska has been confirmed as the Macedonian commentator for Eurovision Song Contest 2018, marking her tenth contest for MRT.

Karolina Petkovska will be returning to the commentary booth for a tenth time next month in Lisbon, Portugal. Karolina is one of the longest serving commentators at the Eurovision Song Contest having first started off in the commentary booth in 2006. She returned in 2009 and 2010, before commentating on the contest annually since 2012.

The Eurovision Song Contest 2018 will be broadcast in Macedonia on MRT 1, MRT 2 and on Macedonian radio.

Eye Cue is a band made up of vocalists Bojan Trajkovski and Marija Ivanovska, and drummer Ivo Mitkovski. The group formed in 2008 and in the same year they charted with their song “Magija”. The band has had a number of hits across the Balkans, most notably their 2010 song “Not This Time”, which entered the MTV Adria Top 20. They were internally selected to represent their country at this year’s contest with their song “Lost and Found”.

Leading up to the contest, Macedonian broadcaster MRT have recently released the names of the backing singers that will join Eye Cue on the Eurovision stage. These are Antonia Gigovska, Valeri Dimovska and Dina Jashari, all of which have worked with the producer of this year’s Macedonian entry.

Source: Macedonia at Eurovision

FYR Macedonia has had a string of poor results in recent years failing to reach the final every year since 2012. The country debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1998, however, two years earlier they attempted to participate but was knocked out in the pre-qualifying round. In 2016 they were represented by Kaliopi for a second time with the song “Dona”, she missed out on the final finishing in 11th in her semi-final. FYR Macedonia’s best result to date is a 12th place finish in the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest represented by Elena Risteska and the song “Ninanajna”.

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