North Macedonia in the Eurovision Song Contest

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North Macedonia
North Macedonia
Member stationMacedonian Radio Television
National selection events
National final
  • Skopje Fest
  • 1996
  • 1998
  • 2000
  • 2002
  • 2004 (song)
  • 2007–2011
  • 2015
  • Nacionalen Evrosong
  • 2005
  • Specialen Evroviziski Den
  • 2006
  • Za Evrosong
  • 2022
Internal selection
  • 2004 (artist)
  • 2012–2014
  • 2016–2021
Participation summary
Appearances21 (9 finals)
First appearance1998
Highest placement7th: 2019
External links
MRT page
North Macedonia's page at
Song contest current event.png For the most recent participation see
North Macedonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022

North Macedonia, previously presented in the contest as the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (F.Y.R. Macedonia), has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 21 times since its official debut in 1998. The country had attempted to participate in 1996, but failed to qualify from the audio-only qualifying round. The current Head of Delegation is Meri Popova.

Prior to 2019, North Macedonia's best result was a 12th-place finish with Elena Risteska in 2006. Having qualified from the semi-final round only once in ten of the previous eleven contests (2008–18), North Macedonia achieved its best result to date in 2019, when Tamara Todevska qualified and finished in seventh place in the final after winning the jury vote.


Prior to declaring independence in 1991, as a constituent country of SFR Yugoslavia, the Socialist Republic of Macedonia participated in the Yugoslav pre-selection called among the other Yugoslav federal units.[1] Also, Macedonian composers wrote songs for candidates from other parts of Yugoslavia.[2] However, the Macedonian entries never managed to win, and the SR Macedonia was the only federal state never to send a Yugoslav entry to the Eurovision Song Contest. An exception occurred when Maja Odžaklievska won the Yugoslav competition in 1979,[1] but she did not perform in the Eurovision Song Contest 1979 due to the Yugoslavian decision not to participate that year.

As the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYR Macedonia), the country submitted its first entry, "Samo ti" (Само ти) sung by Kaliopi, for the 1996 edition. However, the country failed to qualify through the non-broadcast pre-selection round. Its efforts to enter the contest were again hindered in 1997, when another new system was introduced where countries with the lowest average scores over the previous four years were excluded from participating. The country made its debut in 1998, with Vlado Janevski's "Ne zori, zoro".

The country's best result before 2019 (and the best result with its old name) was in 2006, when Elena Risteska sang "Ninanajna" (Нинанајна) in Athens, Greece and came 12th. It is the only country to have qualified from every semi-final from 2004 to 2007 (other countries have qualified for every final but due to them finishing in the top 10 the previous year, they did not have to compete in the semi-final). Despite never finishing in the top 10, their record of qualifying for every final was broken in 2008, when the jury vote used in the semi-final chose Sweden as a finalist, despite Tamara, Vrčak and Adrian having come 10th in the televote.

Macedonian Radio Television (MRT), which broadcasts the event, has intermittently used the Skopje Fest to select the national entry since the country's debut, although it made several changes in the national final format, so the 2004, 2005 and 2006 national finals were organised outside the Skopje Fest.

For 2019, the country competed for the first time under its new name, North Macedonia.[3] MRT selected Tamara Todevska as their act of choice, performing the song "Proud". The song managed to qualify through the second semi-final, and reached seventh place in the final, winning the jury vote. This is the first top ten placing as well as the highest placing ever for North Macedonia in the history of the contest.

Participation overview[edit]

Table key
Second place
Entry selected but did not compete
Year Entrant Song Language Final Points Semi Points
Kaliopi "Samo ti" (Само ти) Macedonian Failed to qualify[a] X 26 14
Vlado Janevski "Ne zori, zoro" (Не зори, зоро) Macedonian 19 16 No semi-finals
XXL "100% te ljubam" (100% те љубам) Macedonian, English 15 29
Karolina "Od nas zavisi" (Од нас зависи) Macedonian 19 25
Toše Proeski "Life" English 14 47 10 71
Martin Vučić "Make My Day" English 17 52 9 97
Elena Risteska "Ninanajna" (Нинанајна) English, Macedonian 12 56 10 76
Karolina "Mojot svet" (Мојот свет) Macedonian, English 14 73 9 97
Tamara, Vrčak and Adrijan "Let Me Love You" English Failed to qualify 10[b] 64
Next Time "Nešto što kje ostane" (Нешто што ќе остане) Macedonian 10[b] 45
Gjoko Taneski "Jas ja imam silata" (Јас ја имам силата) Macedonian 15 37
Vlatko Ilievski "Rusinka" (Русинкa) Macedonian, English 16 36
Kaliopi "Crno i belo" (Црно и бело) Macedonian 13 71 9 53
Esma and Lozano "Pred da se razdeni" (Пред да се раздени) Macedonian, Romani Failed to qualify 16 28
Tijana "To the Sky" English 13 33
Daniel Kajmakoski "Autumn Leaves" English 15 28
Kaliopi "Dona" (Дона) Macedonian 11 88
Jana Burčeska "Dance Alone" English 15 69
Eye Cue "Lost and Found" English 18 24
Tamara Todevska "Proud" English 7 305 2 239
Vasil "You" English Contest cancelled[c] X
Vasil "Here I Stand" English Failed to qualify 15 23
Andrea "Circles" English 11 76


Barbara Dex Award[edit]

Year Performer Host city Ref.
2005 Martin Vučić Ukraine Kyiv
2018 Eye Cue Portugal Lisbon

Related involvement[edit]

Commentators and spokespersons[edit]

Year Commentator Spokesperson Ref.
1992 John Ilija Apelgren Did not participate
1993 Antonio Dimitrievski and Ivan Mircevski
1994 Milanka Rašik
1995 Vlado Janevski
1997 Dragan B. Kostik
1998 Milanka Rašik Evgenija Teodosievska
1999 Ivan Mircevski Did not participate
2000 Milanka Rašik Sandra Todorovska
2001 Did not participate
2002 Biljana Debarlieva
2003 Did not participate
2004 Ivan Mircevski Karolina Petkovska
2005 Karolina Gočeva
2006 Karolina Petkovska Martin Vučić
2007 Milanka Rašik Elena Risteska
2008 Ognen Janeski
2009 Karolina Petkovska Frosina Josifovska
2010 Milica Roštikjl
2011 Eli Tanaskovska Kristina Talevska
2012 Karolina Petkovska
2013 Dimitar Atanasovski
2014 Marko Mark
2016 Dijana Gogova
2017 Ilija Grujoski
2018 Jana Burčeska
2019 Toni Cifrovski Nikola Trajkovski
2021 Eli Tanaskovska Vane Markoski
2022 Jana Burčeska


See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]


  1. ^ Macedonia unsuccessfully attempted to participate in 1996, when there was an audio-only pre-qualifying round for all countries (excluding hosts Norway). The official Eurovision site does not count 1996 in North Macedonia's list of appearances.
  2. ^ a b Whilst 10th place in the televote would have been sufficient to qualify in previous years, in 2008 and 2009 only the top nine places qualified automatically and the tenth place was decided based on the votes of the backup juries. North Macedonia did not progress to the final in either year: in 2008 Sweden beat North Macedonia to the final, while the same occurred in 2009 with Finland.
  3. ^ The 2020 contest was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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