The reveal of “Proud” by Tamara Todevska has been pushed back from March 4 to March 8, International Women’s Day.
In keeping with the empowering message of “Proud”, the reveal of the Macedonian entry for Tel Aviv has been moved to International Women’s Day on March 8. The song had been due to be revealed tomorrow by MKRTV, before the decision was taken to move the reveal to a more fitting date.
“Proud” has by Darko Dimitrov, Robert Bibliov and Lazar Cvetkoski. Each of the songwriters has previous experience at the Eurovision Song Contest.
Who is Tamara Todevska?
Tamara Todevska has previous experience within the contest on several occasions. Previously she was a backing singer in 2004 for the late artist Tose Proeski. 10 years later she then served once more as a backing singer for her sister Tijana with her entry “To The Sky”.
Tamara was also the representative of her country in 2008 in Belgrade with “Let Me Love You” alongside Vrčak and Adrian Gaxha. The song failed to qualify for the final as they finished in 10th place in their semi final. Under the old voting system, only the top 9 in the televote were guaranteed a space in the final with a backup jury selecting the final country. In this instance they opted for Sweden to advance instead, under the current system North Macedonia would have qualified.
North 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. North 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”.