North Macedonia 2019 backstage
North Macedonia 2019 backstage
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Tamara Todevska is up for North Macedonia!

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'Proud' singer Tamara Todevska stepped on stage at Expo Tel Aviv for the first Macedonian rehearsal. Joined by 6 mirror images of herself projected on stage behind her, the singer delivered a moving first performance of the empowering ballad.

Tamara will perform 17th in the second Semi-Final on Thursday 16 May at Expo Tel Aviv in Israel.

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About Tamara

Raised in a family of musicians, Tamara Todevska first started performing at the young age of 6. Tamara's first solo concert in 2015 in Skopje's VIP Arena Boris Trajkovski is considered a significant breakthrough for her in the country's music scene. Tamara has won numerous awards for her timeless hits, including Best Performing Artist and Best Song.

READ MORE: Tamara Todevska's participant profile

What happens on stage?

Tamara is alone on stage in a floor-length teal coloured ball gown, with 6 projected images of her filling the stage further. The Macedonian singer dedicates her entry Proud to her 2 children and everyone fighting for their dreams. In keeping with that pledge, a break in music mid-way through the song is paired with projected black and white images of children on the screen behind her, suggesting the ones for whom the song is dedicated. One of these young girls is in fact the daughter of Proud writers Kosta Petrov and Sanja Popovska.

Did you know?

Tamara recently had her heritage analysed by our Presenting Partner MyHeritage. She was surprised to find that she is more than 5% Nordic, 5% African and 3.3% Ashkenazi Jewish. Plus she learned that she is a distant cousin of Rizo Feratović, who is competing at the Eurovision Song Contest as part of Montenegro's D mol.

READ MORE: Tamara's family history research by MyHeritage

Do you think Tamara will take North Macedonia to the Grand Final? Let us know in the comments!

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