Tamara Todevska is returning to Eurovision for a fourth time; ” more experienced, wiser and maybe a bit more confident”.
Eurovoix this week has had the chance to speak with Tamara Todevska regarding her participation in Eurovision 2019. We spoke to Tamara about her journey since 2008, the meaning of the song to Tamara and who empowers her.
You’re returning to the Eurovision stage this year, what has changed in the past decade for you?
It is always a pleasure to come back to the Eurovision stage. As you already know, this will be my fourth time on the stage but first time a solo artist. This is something I have dreamt of my entire life and I truly cannot wait for May 16th to come so I can perform my song.
This time around, I feel that I am more experienced, wiser and maybe a bit more confident. I have a great song and great team with me and I am confident in our success.
Looking back at Belgrade, what are your favorite memories from 2008?
That whole experience is something I will cherish my whole life. We had such a good time with the entire delegation and performing with my friends Vrchak and Adrian was really special. We were a bit disappointed when we didn’t enter the finals, but all in all, it was truly a magical experience.
What was it that made you decide to come back to Eurovision?
This wasn’t something that I planned. I had just given birth when I got the invitation from our national broadcaster but I said YES immediately. I feel that this is happening in the right moment in my life. I am wiser now and got much more to say.
You’re singing “Proud” an empowering song with a strong message, what was your first reaction when you heard the song?
I think like everyone else’s reaction – I got goosebumps. There is something in the song which I cannot describe. Whenever I sing it, I have tears in my eyes. I think of my mother, my sister. I think of my daughter and the life that I would like her to have. I think of all the times I have been put down and told that I wasn’t good enough. I think back of my life and I think – I am proud. I am proud of everything I have been through. It wasn’t easy but it was worth it.
Who is it that empowers you?
There are so many people who made me the person I am today. I am so proud of my mother for being the best mother a person could ask for. She let me dream, she let me spread my wings and live life on my terms. I am proud of my sister who has been always there for me and believing in me, even in times when I didn’t believe in myself. I am also thankful to all the people who have tried to push me back, to put me down. They have made me stronger.
Moving towards Tel Aviv, what are you most looking forward to?
I look forward to meeting all the amazing artists. There are so many great songs this year. I look forward to having fun but also spreading my message – that you are enough and you should be proud of yourself.
Finally, do you have a message you would like to share with our readers?
Be proud of yourself and never hide your greatness.
A big thank you to Tamara and the North Macedonian delegation for making this interview possible. Tamara Todevska will compete in the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 on May 16.
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”.