The Stage Directors for North Macedonia’s performance at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 have been revealed.
Mari Forsman Ryberger and Tine Matulessy will be responsible for the staging for “Proud” at Eurovision 2019. The all Swedish team will be behind Tamara Todevska’s performance in Israel, with both directors having previous Eurovision experience.
Mari Forsman Ryberger was the Head of Delegation for Sweden in 2016 and 2017, and was behind the performances of Frans, Robin Bengtsson and Sanna Nielsen. At this years Melodifestivalen she worked with Jan Malmsjö and Nano on their performances.
While Tine Matulessy was the former Head of Delegation for Sweden at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Tine also worked on the staging of the entry of Belarusian singer TEO and was the backstage floor manager at the Eurovision 2017 in Kyiv. In 2009 she appeared on the contests stage as a backing singer and dancer for Malena Ernman.
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.
Source: Tamara Todevska
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”.