MRT has announced this evening that a commission is being created to review the nation’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021.
The North Macedonian broadcaster is setting up a commission to review the participation of the nation in Eurovision 2021. The commission comes as a result of public reaction regarding Vasil Garvanliev and the video for his Eurovision entry, in which several shots of a work of art in a museum with the colors of the Bulgarian flag were featured. The video was subsequently edited and re-uploaded, however, calls have grown for the artist to be withdrawn.
Meri Popova, the Head of Delegation for North Macedonia has released a statement which was first broadcast on the MRT evening news reading:
Macedonian Radio Television has established an internal commission, which reviews and analyzes all aspects arising from public reactions related to the Eurovision Song Contest. The public service broadcaster will also take into account the obligations noted in the participation license, as well as the obligations arising from the membership in the European Broadcasting Network, where MRT is an integral part of the public service association in the European Union. The public will be additionally informed about the final decision of MRT
Vasil posted on social media yesterday saying:
I want to take this opportunity to thank Europe and the world for the amazing response, reactions, messages, love and support.
Sadly this past weekend things took a different direction in my beautiful Macedonia and we had to remove and upload the video again. (Due to a misinterpretation of a tryptic art piece on the wall)
I am a music ambassador, and in music there is no religion, politics, orientation, race or color. I had absolutely no intentions to hurt anybody. Quite the opposite!
I am so proud of this project which not only embodies me, but my country and culture – musicians and featured artists in the gallery.
I do not apologise for being me. I never will – I didn’t have a choice in that. However, if I hurt ANYBODY in ANY WAY, from the bottom of my heart … I am sorry. Forgive me.
As I say in my song:
“They all tried to break us
Not knowing it’s what makes us
This is how we found our way
Here I stand There’s no pretend
My walls are down my ❤️ in your hand”
It is not known when the commission will announce the results of their investigation.
North Macedonia 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 7th place finish in the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest represented by Tamara Todevska and the song “Proud”.