FYR Macedonia will be competing in the Eurovision Song Contest next year in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Macedonian broadcaster MRT has confirmed to Eurovoix that they will be participating in next year’s Eurovision Song Contest. No further details on how they will select their participant has been released. In the past three years the broadcaster has opted for internal selection, however they have used a national final format in previous years.
Eye Cue represented Macedonia at the 2018 contest in Lisbon, where they came 18th in the semi-final with their song “Lost and Found”.
The provisional list of participating countries is now up to 30, with more confirmations expected within the next few months. Countries such as Armenia, Australia, Belarus, Hungary, Moldova, and Montenegro all participated in the 2018 contest, but haven’t made any statements regarding their 2019 participation.
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”.