Earlier this month, Tamara Todevska brought North Macedonia to the Grand Final for the first time since 2012. She ended up finishing in 7th place, even winning the jury vote. This made “Proud” the country’s most successful entry to date. In light of this, she was honoured by the Prime Minister of North Macedonia, Zoran Zaev.
“A Hero and a Strong Voice for Pride”
Prime Minister Zaev had a photo opportunity with Tamara herself and the North Macedonian delegation that travelled to Tel Aviv this year. Regarding Tamara, the delegation and “Proud”, Mr Zaev said the following:
You have become heroes and a strong voice for pride that girls and women are fighting for achieving their rights.Prime Minister Zaev on Tamara’s success at the Eurovision Song Contest
In return, Tamara has expressed her gratitude and thanks for the support that she has received during the contest.
Tamara and the entire author and stage team thanked for their support and shared strong impressions and excitement with the performance at Eurovision in 2019.
She also stressed that the tremendous support they had, even before the final evening, was a further motivation and encouragement for the unrestrained performance and for great success.The North Macedonia Government on Tamara
Who is Tamara Todevska?
Born in Skopje, Tamara was raised in a musical family; her father is a music professor and her mother is an opera singer. Her sister is Tijana Dapčević, who participated in Eurovision 2014 with the song “To the Sky”, for which Tamara featured as a backing vocalist. Outside of Eurovision, she has released a number of singles and two albums: Sino (2005) and Eden Den (2015).
Being considered somewhat of a Eurovision veteran, Tamara has been known to the Eurovision fans as Tose Proevski’s and Tijana’s backing vocalist in 2004 and 2014, respectively. However, her first Eurovision experience was with her 2008 entry “Let Me Love You” featuring Vrcak and Adrian Gadzha. They just narrowly missed out on the final; despite finishing 10th overall in their semi-final, the juries selected Charlotte Perrelli’s “Hero” to progress to the final instead. This year, she got her ‘revenge’ by bringing her country back to the Grand Final with her first solo entry.
North Macedonia at the Eurovision Song Contest
North Macedonia, formerly participating as the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (F.Y.R. Macedonia), has participated in the contest 18 times. After an unsuccessful attempt in 1996, they officially debuted at the 1998 contest with Vlado Janevski’s “Ne zori, zoro”.
North Macedonia was previously one of the most unlucky countries in the contest. After 18 appearances, they are yet to crack the top 10. Before 2019, their best result was Elena Risteska’s 12th-place finish in 2006 with “Ninanajna”. Their most recent Grand Final appearance was with Kaliopi’s “Crno i belo” in 2012, which finished 13th.
Last year, they were represented by Eye with the song “Lost & Found”. Despite being popular with fans prior to the contest, the song did not qualify for the Grand Final in Lisbon.
This year, their fortunes changed after internally-selected Tamara brought them an unprecedented level of success. She managed to deliver North Macedonia’s best result to date in Tel Aviv by placing 7th overall in the Grand Final. This is after she won the Jury vote with 247 Points. She finished with 205 points overall.
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