Macedonian Radio-Television opened a song submission in late 2007 and closed prior to the new year. 130 songs were received, 15 of which were selected by a committee composed of officials and past Eurovision contestants. In addition, MRT commissioned six songs from well-known composers; however, these songs were withdrawn from the competition by internal decision. Skopje Fest took place at the Metropolis Arena where 15 songs competed for the honor of representing the country. The selection was broadcast on terrestrial and satellite television.
At Eurovision, Macedonia took part in the second semifinal on 22 May 2008, but they finished 10th, and the jury didn't select them as the tenth qualified country for the final. This marked the first time that Macedonia failed to qualify for the final since the semi-final format was introduced in 2004.