Macedonia in the Eurovision Song Contest

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Member station MRT
National selection events Skopje Fest (1996–2002, 2008–2011)
Nacionalen Evrosong (2006–2007)
Internal Selection (2004, 2012–)
Appearances 13 (8 finals)
First appearance 1998
Best result 12th: 2006
Worst result 16th SF: 2011 SF, 2013 SF
External links
MRT page
Yugoslavia's page at

Macedonia, presented in the contest as Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia[1] officially debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1998. However, the country had already made efforts to enter the contest two years before since 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. 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. 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 and not saved by the jury.

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.[2] Also, Macedonian composers wrote songs for candidates from other parts of Yugoslavia.[3] However, the Macedonian entries never managed to win, and the SR Macedonia was among the few federal states never to send a Yugoslav entry to the Eurovision Song Contest. An exception occurred when Maja Odžaklievska won the Yugoslav competition in 1980,[2] but she did not perform in the Eurovision Song Contest 1980 due to the Yugoslavian decision not to participate that year.


For contestants prior to 1996, see Yugoslavia in the Eurovision Song Contest

Table key

     Second place
     Third place
     Last place
     Automatically qualified to the final
     Did not qualify for the final
     Did not compete or was relegated
Year Artist Language Title Final Points Semi Points
1996a Kaliopi Macedonian "Samo ti"
(Само ти)
Failed to qualify
26 14
Relegation from Participating
No Semi-Finals
1998 Vlado Janevski Macedonian "Ne zori, zoro"
(Не зори, зоро)
19 16
Relegation from Participating
2000 XXL Macedonian "100% te ljubam"
(100% те љубам)
15 29
Relegation from Participating
2002 Karolina Gočeva Macedonian "Od nas zavisi"
(Од нас зависи)
19 25
Relegation from Participating
2004 Toše Proeski English "Life" 14 47 10 71
2005 Martin Vučić English "Make My Day" 17 52 9 97
2006 Elena Risteska English, Macedonian "Ninanajna"
12 56 10 76
2007 Karolina Gočeva Macedonian, English "Mojot svet"
(Мојот свет)
14 73 9 97
2008 Tamara, Vrčak and Adrian English "Let Me Love You"
Failed to qualify
10b 64
2009 Next Time Macedonian "Nešto što kje ostane"
(Нешто што ќе остане)
Failed to qualify
10b 45
2010 Gjoko Taneski, Billy Zver & Pejčin Macedonian "Jas ja imam silata"
(Јас ја имам силата)
Failed to qualify
15 37
2011 Vlatko Ilievski Macedonian, English "Rusinka"
Failed to qualify
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"
a. ^ 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 Macedonia's list of appearances.
b. ^ In 2008 and 2009 Macedonia did not progress to the final due to the results of the juries: in 2008 Sweden beat Macedonia to the final, while the same occurred in 2009 with Finland.
c. 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 15th 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.

Voting history[edit]

As of 2013, Macedonia's voting history is as follows:

12 Points[edit]

Table key

     Winner - Macedonia gave 12 points to a winning song / Macedonia won the contest.
     Second place - Macedonia gave 12 points to a runner-up song / Macedonia was runner-up in the contest.
     Third place - Macedonia gave 12 points to a third place song / Macedonia came third in the contest.
     Qualified - Macedonia gave 12 points to a song that qualified to the Grand Finals / Macedonia qualified to the Grand Finals.
     Non-qualified - Macedonia gave 12 points to a song that did not qualify to the Grand Finals / Macedonia did not qualify to the Grand Finals.
Year Given Received
Final Semi Final Semi
1996 Did not qualify1 Unknown2 Did not Qualify
1997 Relegated No semi-finals Relegated No semi-finals
1998  Croatia
1999 Relegated Relegated
2000  Romania
2001 Relegated Relegated
2002  Romania  Romania
2003 Relegated Relegated
2004  Albania  Albania  Serbia and Montenegro  Serbia and Montenegro
2005  Albania  Croatia
2006  Bosnia and Herzegovina  Albania
2007  Serbia  Serbia
2008  Albania  Albania Did not Qualify  Croatia
2009  Turkey  Turkey Did not Qualify
2010  Albania  Albania Did not Qualify  Albania
2011  Bosnia and Herzegovina  Bosnia and Herzegovina Did not Qualify
2012  Albania  Serbia  Bosnia and Herzegovina
2013  Denmark  Malta Did not Qualify  Albania

1 Macedonia was eliminated in the semi-finals in 1993 and 1996, and thus was unable to vote in those years' finals.
2 The voting for the 1996 pre-qualifying round is unknown to date.

Commentators and spokespersons[edit]

Year(s) Commentator Spokesperson
1968 Snežana Lipkovska-Hadžinaumova
1984 Snežana Lipkovska-Hadžinaumova
1992 John Ilija Apelgrin Macedonia 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 Macedonia did not participate
2000 Milanka Rašik Sandra Todorovska
2001 Macedonia did not participate
2002 Biljana Debarlieva
2003 Macedonia did not participate
2004 Ivan Mircevski Karolina Petkovska
2005 Ivan Mircevski Karolina Gočeva
2006 Karolina Petkovska Martin Vučić
2007 Milanka Rašik Elena Risteska
2008 Ognen Janeski
2009 Karolina Petkovska Frosina Josifovska
2010 Maja Daniels
2011 Eli Tanaskovska Kristina Talevska
2012 Karolina Petkovska
2013 Dimitar Atanasovski
  • From 1961 until 1991 Macedonia participated as part of Yugoslavia


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Participating member of EBU as former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  2. ^ a b Opatijo, oh Fabulous - Yugoslavian selection for the Eurovision Song Contest - statistics by year, Eurodalmatia official ESC fan club, Dalmatia, Croatia
  3. ^ Official Site of OGAE Macedonia, see section: Jugovizija.

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