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North Macedonia's Tamara Todevska presents 'Proud' for Tel Aviv

08 March 2019 at 20:00 CET
Tamara Todevska Cedomir Popovski
Tamara Todevska will represent North Macedonia at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest with her song 'Proud'. The music video premiered today during MKRTV's evening news. The newly named nation will compete in the second Semi-Final on Thursday 16th of May in Tel Aviv.

"I dedicate 'Proud' to my daughter and to everyone out there fighting for their dreams and believing in their greatness. On the 16th of May, we will break the rules and at least for one night in the year, we will show the world that I AM PROUD is always stronger than their YOU WILL NEVER BE GOOD ENOUGH!", Tamara says.

The main star of Tamara's music video is her three-year-old daughter Hana. The music video also includes cameos by women that have inspired Tamara throughout her life, proving that dreams do come true.

Proud was composed by Robert Bilbilov, Lazar Cvetkovski and Darko Dimitrov, lyrics were written by Kosta Petrov and Sanja Popovska. The music video was directed by Chedo Popovski.

Tamara Todevska will represent North Macedonia, for the first time under the country's new name, in the second Semi-Final of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest on the 16th of May.

North Macedonia in Eurovision

North Macedonia debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1998 but competed as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia until this year. The country has only appeared in the Grand Final eight times, and only twice finished in the top half, the best result coming in 2006 when Elena Risteska finished in 12th place with Ninanajna. North Macedonia has only qualified from the Semi-Finals once in the last 11 years, back in 2012 when Kaliopi sang Crno I Belo and finished 13th in the Grand Final. Kaliopi holds the record for the most times representing North Macedonia, performing three times; in 1996 with Samo Ti (but she did not qualify), 2012 and 2016 with Dona.

Can Tamara Todevska make North Macedonia 'Proud' and return the country to the Grand Final for the first time in seven years? Let us know in the comments below!