North Macedonia in the Eurovision Song Contest

North Macedonia
North Macedonia
Member stationMacedonian Radio Television
National selection events
Participation summary
Appearances19 (9 finals)
First appearance1998
Best result7th: 2019
Worst result18th SF: 2018
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 2019

North Macedonia, previously presented in the contest as the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (F.Y.R. Macedonia or FYROM), has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 19 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 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 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 did they make 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.

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 semifinal, and reached seventh place in the final, winning the international jury vote. This is the first top ten placement for the country, and also broke the record as the highest place ever for North Macedonia in the history of the contest.

North Macedonia are one of the least successful countries in the contest, as well as a recent six-year non-qualification streak (2013-2018), and failing to qualify in ten of the twelve most recent contests.


Table key
Second place
Third place
Last place
Year Artist Language Title Final Points Semi Points
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
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" (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
2016 Kaliopi Macedonian "Dona" (Дона) 11 88
2017 Jana Burčeska English "Dance Alone" 15 69
2018 Eye Cue English "Lost and Found" 18 24
2019 Tamara Todevska English "Proud" 7 305 2 239
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 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 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.

Voting history[edit]

As of 2019, North Macedonia's voting history is as follows:

Commentators and spokespersons[edit]

Year(s) Commentator Spokesperson Spokesperson Background
1992 John Ilija Apelgren Macedonia did not participate Spokesperson did not present visually until 1994
1993 Antonio Dimitrievski and Ivan Mircevski
1994 Milanka Rašik Macedonia did not participate
1995 Vlado Janevski
1997 Dragan B. Kostik
1998 Milanka Rašik Evgenija Teodosievska Gotse Delchev Bridge, Skopje
1999 Ivan Mircevski Macedonia did not participate Macedonia did not participate
2000 Milanka Rašik Sandra Todorovska Stone Bridge, Skopje
2001 Macedonia did not participate Macedonia did not participate
2002 Biljana Debarlieva Skopje Skyline
2003 Macedonia did not participate Macedonia did not participate
2004 Ivan Mircevski Karolina Petkovska Skopje Skyline
2005 Karolina Gočeva Gotse Delchev Bridge, Skopje
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 Skopje Fortress, Skopje
2014 Marko Mark Vardar, Skopje
2016 Dijana Gogova
2017 Ilija Grujoski
2018 Jana Burčeska Museum of the Macedonian Struggle, Skopje
2019 Toni Cifrovski [4] Nikola Trajkovski Vardar, Skopje
  • From 1961 until 1991 North Macedonia participated as part of Yugoslavia.




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