North Macedonia in the Eurovision Song Contest
|Member station||Macedonian Radio Television|
|National selection events|
|Appearances||18 (8 finals)|
|Best result||12th: 2006|
|Worst result||18th SF: 2018|
|North Macedonia's page at Eurovision.tv|
| For the most recent participation see|
North Macedonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019
North Macedonia, formerly presented in the contest as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (F.Y.R. Macedonia), has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 18 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. North Macedonia is one of the most unsuccessful countries in the contest, having failed to crack the Top 10 in the 8 appearances it has made it to the final. North Macedonia's best result in the contest is Elena Risteska's 12th-place finish in 2006. North Macedonia has failed to qualify from the semi-final round in ten of the last eleven contests (2008–18), the exception being Kaliopi, who finished 13th in the 2012 final. The current Head of Delegation is Meri Popova.
North Macedonia's first appearance in the contest was in 1998 (presented as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia). However, the country had already made efforts to enter the contest two years before at the Eurovision Song Contest 1996's pre-selection round, where it submitted its first song entry, "Samo ti" (Само ти) sung by Kaliopi, which failed to qualify to the final thus eliminating the nation from competing for the first time. North Macedonia's 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's best result was in 2006, when Elena Risteska sang "Ninanajna" (Нинанајна) in Athens, Greece and came 12th. North Macedonia 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 only 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. Since then, only in 2012 North Macedonia have made the final.
Macedonian Radio-Television (MRT), which broadcasts the event, has used the Skopje Fest festival to select the national entry since the country's debut, although it made several changes in the national final format, so the 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2012 national finals were organised outside the Skopje Festival.
Prior 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. Also, Macedonian composers wrote songs for candidates from other parts of Yugoslavia. 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, but she did not perform in the Eurovision Song Contest 1979 due to the Yugoslavian decision not to participate that year.
North Macedonia are one of the least-successful countries in the contest, as well as a current six-year nonqualification streak (2013-2018 inclusive), and failing to qualify in ten of the eleven most-recent contest (2008-2018 inclusive, excluding 2012), North Macedonia has not achieved higher than 9th place in any semifinal of the contest, on the occasions the country has qualified, they have placed 9th or 10th, achieving these placings an unusual number of times (placing 9th on three occasions, including in 2012, and 10th four times (although they placed 10th in both in 2008 and 2009 and failed to qualify both times due to the now-abandoned jury selection). North Macedonia placed 9th or 10th in the semifinal every year between 2004 and 2009 inclusive, resulting in a streak of successful qualification, except in 2008 and 2009 as explained above.
- Table key
|1996a||Kaliopi||Macedonian||"Samo ti" (Само ти)||Failed to qualify||26||14|
|1997||Did not participate||No semi-finals|
|1998||Vlado Janevski||Macedonian||"Ne zori, zoro" (Не зори, зоро)||19||16|
|1999||Did not participate|
|2000||XXL||Macedonian, English||"100% te ljubam" (100% те љубам)||15||29|
|2001||Did not participate|
|2002||Karolina||Macedonian||"Od nas zavisi" (Од нас зависи)||19||25|
|2003||Did not participate|
|2005||Martin Vučić||English||"Make My Day"||17||52||9||97|
|2006||Elena Risteska||English, Macedonian||"Ninanajna" (Нинанајна)||12||56||10||76|
|2007||Karolina||Macedonian, English||"Mojot svet" (Мојот свет)||14||73||9||97|
|2008||Tamara, Vrčak and Adrian||English||"Let Me Love You"||Failed to qualify||102||64|
|2009||Next Time||Macedonian||"Nešto što kje ostane" (Нешто што ќе остане)||102||45|
|2010||Gjoko Taneski, Billy Zver & Pejčin||Macedonian||"Jas ja imam silata" (Јас ја имам силата)||15||37|
|2011||Vlatko Ilievski||Macedonian, English||"Rusinka" (Русинкa)||16||36|
|2012||Kaliopi||Macedonian||"Crno i belo" (Црно и бело)||13||71||9||53|
|2013||Esma & Lozano||Macedonian, Romani||"Pred da se razdeni" (Пред да се раздени)||Failed to qualify||16||28|
|2014||Tijana||English||"To the Sky"||13||33|
|2015||Daniel Kajmakoski||English||"Autumn Leaves"||15||28|
|2017||Jana Burčeska||English||"Dance Alone"||15||69|
|2018||Eye Cue||English||"Lost and Found"||18||24|
- 1. ^ North 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. ^ 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. If a country had won the previous year, they did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year. The other reason being that back in 2004-2007, the top ten countries who were not members of the big four did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year. If, for example, Germany and France placed inside the top ten with Spain and the United Kingdom finishing after 13th place, the countries who placed 11th and 12th were advanced to the following year's grand final along with the rest of the top ten countries.
As of 2018, North Macedonia's voting history is as follows:
Commentators and spokespersons
|1992||John Ilija Apelgren||North Macedonia did not participate|
|1993||Antonio Dimitrievski and Ivan Mircevski|
|1997||Dragan B. Kostik|
|1998||Milanka Rašik||Evgenija Teodosievska|
|1999||Ivan Mircevski||North Macedonia did not participate|
|2000||Milanka Rašik||Sandra Todorovska|
|2001||North Macedonia did not participate|
|2003||North Macedonia did not participate|
|2004||Ivan Mircevski||Karolina Petkovska|
|2006||Karolina Petkovska||Martin Vučić|
|2007||Milanka Rašik||Elena Risteska|
|2009||Karolina Petkovska||Frosina Josifovska|
|2011||Eli Tanaskovska||Kristina Talevska|
- From 1961 until 1991 North Macedonia participated as part of Yugoslavia.
- Aleksandar Džambazov 1998 (finished 19th)
- Opatijo, oh Fabulous - Yugoslavian selection for the Eurovision Song Contest - statistics by year Archived 2008-02-26 at the Wayback Machine, Eurodalmatia official ESC fan club, Dalmatia, Croatia
- Official Site of OGAE Macedonia, see section: Jugovizija.