North Macedonia in the Eurovision Song Contest

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North Macedonia in the Eurovision Song Contest
North Macedonia
Participating broadcasterMacedonian Radio Television (MRT)
Participation summary
Appearances21 (9 finals)
First appearance1998
Last appearance2022
Highest placement7th: 2019
Related articles
Skopje Fest
External links
North Macedonia's page at Edit this at Wikidata
For the most recent participation see
North Macedonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022

North Macedonia[a] 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 1980,[1] but she did not perform in the Eurovision Song Contest 1980 due to the Yugoslavian decision not to participate that year.

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 the 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.

Following two non-qualifications in 2021 and 2022, MRT confirmed its absence in the 2023 contest, citing financial constraints.[4] However, MRT still broadcast the 2023 contest with a view to return in 2024.[5] The broadcaster's intention to return was stated in a budget plan published in September 2023.[6][7] However, in late October 2023, the programme planning chair of MRT, Smilka Janeska Sarkanjac, clarified that a decision was yet to be made and the plan was still awaiting the approval of the government.[8] North Macedonia ultimately did not appear on the final list of participants.[9]

Participation overview[edit]

Table key
2 Second place
X Entry selected but did not compete
Year Artist Song Language Final Points Semi Points
1996 Kaliopi "Samo ti" (Само ти) Macedonian Failed to qualify[b] X 26 14
1998 Vlado Janevski "Ne zori, zoro" (Не зори, зоро) Macedonian 19 16 No semi-finals
2000 XXL "100% te ljubam" (100% те љубам) Macedonian, English 15 29
2002 Karolina "Od nas zavisi" (Од нас зависи) Macedonian 19 25
2004 Toše Proeski "Life" English 14 47 10 71
2005 Martin Vučić "Make My Day" English 17 52 9 97
2006 Elena Risteska "Ninanajna" (Нинанајна) English, Macedonian 12 56 10 76
2007 Karolina "Mojot svet" (Мојот свет) Macedonian, English 14 73 9 97
2008 Tamara, Vrčak and Adrijan "Let Me Love You" English Failed to qualify 10[c] 64
2009 Next Time "Nešto što kje ostane" (Нешто што ќе остане) Macedonian 10[c] 45
2010 Gjoko Taneski "Jas ja imam silata" (Јас ја имам силата) Macedonian 15 37
2011 Vlatko Ilievski "Rusinka" (Русинкa) Macedonian, English[d] 16 36
2012 Kaliopi "Crno i belo" (Црно и бело) Macedonian 13 71 9 53
2013 Esma and Lozano "Pred da se razdeni" (Пред да се раздени) Macedonian, Romani Failed to qualify 16 28
2014 Tijana "To the Sky" English 13 33
2015 Daniel Kajmakoski "Autumn Leaves" English 15 28
2016 Kaliopi "Dona" (Дона) Macedonian 11 88
2017 Jana Burčeska "Dance Alone" English 15 69
2018 Eye Cue "Lost and Found" English 18 24
2019 Tamara Todevska "Proud" English 7 305 2 239
2020 Vasil "You" English Contest cancelled[e] X
2021 Vasil "Here I Stand" English Failed to qualify 15 23
2022 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 and Aleksandra Jovanovska Frosina Josifovska
2010 Karolina Petkovska 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
2023 Aleksandra Jovanovska and Eli Tanaskovska Did not participate
2024 TBA


See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]


  1. ^ Presented until 2018 as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (F.Y.R. Macedonia).
  2. ^ In order to reduce the number of participating countries at the 1996 event a qualifying round was held among all countries except the hosts. Macedonia failed to progress from this round; entries which failed to progress have subsequently been discounted by the EBU and do not feature as part of the countries' list of appearances.
  3. ^ a b In 2008 and 2009 the top nine countries in each semi-final as determined by televoting qualified automatically, with the tenth place determined based on the votes of the back-up juries among the remaining countries. This resulted in Sweden and Finland advancing to the final instead of Macedonia in 2008 and 2009 respectively.
  4. ^ Contains words in Russian
  5. ^ The 2020 contest was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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