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North Macedonia’s Andrea releases new single ”Close to the Sun”

After narrowly missing out in qualifying for the grand final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, North Macedonia’s Andrea has released another brand new single. ”Close to the Sun” is available on all of your favourite streaming platforms right now!

”Meant for Eurovision”

Alongside the release of “Close to the Sun”, Andrea also revealed via her Instagram page that the song was ”meant for Eurovision” with the song’s three-minute length as evidence of that. Nevertheless, in the end it was with ”Circles” that Andrea entered North Macedonia’s new selection ”Za Evrosong” with in February and earned the right to represent her nation in Turin.

You can listen to the full version of ”Close to the Sun” at the end of this article!

North Macedonia at Eurovision

In Turin, Andrea finished in 11th place in the second semi-final thus missing out by the narrowest of margins in qualifying for the grand final. ”Circles” earned 10th place with the national juries and 16th place with the televoting. North Macedonia’s best Eurovision result remains the 7th place achieved by Tamara Todevska in 2019 with ”Proud”.

North Macedonia have only managed to qualify for the grand final in two of the last fourteen contests, but on four of those occasions has the country missed out by just one place. In 2008 with “Let Me Love You” and in 2009 with “Nešto što kje ostane”, the Balkan nation placed tenth in the semi-final but was eliminated as only the top nine in each semi-final automatically qualified for the grand final in those years. The tenth qualifier was selected by juries alone. Then, in 2016 with ”Dona” and in 2022 with “Circles” North Macedonia placed 11th.

What do you think of ”Close to the Sun”? Would you have preferred it to be Andrea’s entry instead of ”Circles”? Let us know in the comments below!

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Ryan Cobb

My first memory of watching the Eurovision Song Contest was back in 2001 and, over the years, my passion and enthusiasm for the contest has very much turned into an obsession. I adore music and I love geography, so this contest is a natural fit for me. If la la loving Eurovision was a crime, I'd certainly be a criminal!

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