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XTRA DECIDES: 🇲🇰 Andrea – Circles

XTRA Decides returns for the Eurovison 2022 season! In this feature the team here at ESCXTRA rank the national final songs, giving our choice of the winner. We are ranking the songs using the Eurovision style 12-1 scoring system. We’ve now chosen Andrea with ‘Circles’ as our winner of North Macedonia’s Evrosong national selection.

Our Scores

Andrea – Circles1093
Lara Ivanova – Flower of Sorrow993
Viktor Apostolovski – Superman944
Kaly – Love and Light871
Yon Idy – Dreams770
Ris Flower – Flying to Berlin620


Nick (12pts)

You know, I am definitely not on board with this entire sad girl singing sad songs trend that we’re seeing globally and in Eurovision… but for Andrea, I quite like what she’s doing. This is a sad girl song, but it’s more a throwback to a (B-side) of a weird Avril Lavigne meets Christina Aguilera mash up, which they’ve tried to modernise and bring into the 2020s. Vocally I enjoy what Andrea is doing and her choices in how she delivers this actually work for me. It’s a bit of a throwback and I’m quite on board here! Not a strong selection, but the best chance they’ve got… I feel.

Bente (12pts)

I have to admit, North Macedonia’s selection has completely been off my radar this Eurovision season (and the ones before that, too, if we’re being honest). Catching up on the selection made me go through many emotions, not all of them positive, so “Circles” was actually a nice surprise. Andrea has a voice that really captures you from the first second, which is probably one of the biggest advantages to this song. The beat is pretty basic, even bordering on dated, but a nice melody compensates for that a little. I don’t have very strong feelings about this song, but if it wins, it might just do better than “Here I Stand.” Might.

Xtra Decides so far…

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