North Macedonia has recently confirmed their participation for Junior Eurovision 2019, to take place in Gliwice, Poland on November 24th. MRT hasn’t revealed how they plan to select Marija’s successor, even though we can expect an internal selection, following their strategy in the recent years.
MRT, the North Macedonian broadcaster, has confirmed to Eurovoix that they will be participating in this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The contest will be held in Gliwice, Poland. This marks the Balkan nation’s 15th participation since their debut in 2003.
Last year, they were represented by Marija Spasovska, who sang “Doma”. They finished 12th in the final with 99 points. Marija ranked 9th with the juries on 64 points, but finished 16th in the new online voting system. Since she was internally-selected by the broadcaster, we expect the same format to be adopted this time around.
MRT will be hoping to see a similar success to what they achieved at the main contest this year. In May, Tamara Todevska delivered North Macedonia’s best result to date in Tel Aviv by placing 7th overall in the Grand Final. Her entry, “Proud”, won the Jury vote with 247 Points. She finished with 205 points overall. The singer has since been honored by the Prime Minister of North Macedonia.
North Macedonia at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
North Macedonia, formerly participating as the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (F.Y.R. Macedonia), has taken part in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest since it began in 2003. Thus far, they have only missed out on the contest in 2012 and 2014.
Their debut entry, “Ti ne me poznavaš”, which was performed by Marija & Viktorija, finished 12th out of 16, with a total of 19 points. It’s not uncommon for FYR Macedonia to finish 12th in the contest – they have finished 12th on 7 out of 13 of their appearances in the contest. Indeed, they have finished 12th in their last three appearances at the contest.
Their best results came in 2007 and 2008, when they finished 5th on both occasions with Rosica Kulakova & Dimitar Stojmenovski’s “Ding Ding Dong” and Bobi Andonov’s “Prati mi SMS”.
In 2018, North Macedonia were represented by Marija Spasovska and the song, “Doma” (meaning “Home”). Despite last year’s contest breaking the JESC participation record, the Balkan nation maintained their 12th place streak.
Will it be another 12th place finish for North Macedonia following their recent success at the adult contest? Or will Tamara’s success rub off on their junior entrant too? Time will tell.
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