Circles (Andrea Koevska song)

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"Circles"
The official cover for "Circles"
Single by Andrea Koevska
LanguageEnglish
Released17 January 2022
Length3:00
Songwriter(s)
  • Aleksandar Masevski
  • Andrea Koevska
Music video
"Circles" on YouTube
Eurovision Song Contest 2022 entry
Country
Artist(s)
Language
English
Composer(s)
Aleksandar Masevski
Lyricist(s)
  • Aleksandar Masevski
  • Andrea Koevska
Finals performance
Semi-final result
11th
Semi-final points
76
Entry chronology
◄ "Here I Stand" (2021)

"Circles" is a single by Macedonian singer Andrea Koevska. The song represented North Macedonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy after winning Za Evrosong 2022, North Macedonia's national final.[1]

Background

Eurovision Song Contest 2022

Za Evrosong 2022

A submission period was opened for interested artists and composers to submit their entries between 10 December 2021 and 16 January 2022. MRT received 47 submissions at the closing of the deadline. Six entries were selected by a special jury from the submissions and were announced on 21 January 2022.[2][3] The competing entries were released to the public on 28 January 2022.

The six competing artists and songs were presented to the public on 28 January 2022 during the MRT programme Stisni Plej. The public was able to vote online for their favorite entry until 4 February 2022. The final of Za Evrosong 2022 took place on 4 February 2022 at the MRT Studio 1 and was hosted by Jana Burčeska and Aleksandra Jovanovska. A 50/50 combination of the online vote and an international jury panel.[4][5]

"Circles" would score 20 points, scoring 12 points from the jury and 8 points from the televote. While another competing song, "Superman" by Viktor Apostolovski would also score 20 points, "Circles" scored more points with the jury, with "Superman" only getting 8 from the jury. The song would win the contest, and as a result, will represent Macedonia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.[6]

"Turquoise Carpet" incident

During the opening ceremony of the contest, which famously includes a turquoise carpet, Koevska was filmed throwing the flag of North Macedonia across the floor. MRT, the nation broadcaster of North Macedonia, heavily criticised the action and issued a statement, where the broadcaster informed they where considering withdrawing Andrea Koevska from the competition.[7]

Koevska later apologised for the action and explained that her delegation simply was too far away to take the flag, and, due to press photographs being taken, decided to throw the flag as the fastest solution. In a video, she stated: "I wasn't intending at all to offend someone and if I did that, I apologise. I carry the flag with me everywhere I go and I hope we can really cross this."[8][9]

At Eurovision

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big Five" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 25 January 2022, an allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. North Macedonia was placed into the second semi-final, held on 12 May 2022, and performed in the second half of the show, in 11th place out of 18.[10][11]

References

  1. ^ "North Macedonia: Andrea to Eurovision 2022 with "Circles"". Eurovisionworld. 2022-02-04. Retrieved 2022-02-20.
  2. ^ Ibrayeva, Laura (2022-01-21). "North Macedonia: Eurosong 2022 Participants Revealed". Eurovoix. Retrieved 2021-01-21.
  3. ^ Luukela, Sami (2022-01-21). "MRT reveals the six national finalists for Za Evrosong 2022". ESCXTRA.com. Retrieved 2022-01-21.
  4. ^ "КОНКУРС ЗА ИЗБОР НА НАЦИОНАЛЕН ПРЕТСТАВНИК И КОМПОЗИЦИЈА ШТО ЌЕ ЈА ПРЕТСТАВУВА РЕПУБЛИКА СЕВЕРНА МАКЕДОНИЈА НА ИЗБОРОТ ЗА ПЕСНА НА ЕВРОВИЗИЈА 2022 ВО ТОРИНО, ИТАЛИЈА". mrt.com.mk (in Macedonian). MRT. 10 December 2022. Retrieved 10 December 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ Jiandani, Sanjay (4 February 2022). "North Macedonia: Andrea will fly to Turin!". ESCToday. Retrieved 11 February 2022.
  6. ^ Farren, Neil (2022-02-04). "🇲🇰 North Macedonia: Andrea to Eurovision 2022". Eurovoix. Retrieved 2022-02-04.
  7. ^ "🇲🇰 North Macedonia: MRT Considering Withdrawing Andrea After "Flag Throwing" at the 2022 Eurovision Opening Ceremony". Eurovoix. 2022-05-08. Retrieved 2022-05-12.
  8. ^ "[UPD] MRT considering withdrawing Andrea from Eurovision following 'flag scandal', apology issued". ESCXTRA.com. 2022-05-08. Retrieved 2022-05-12.
  9. ^ "North Macedonia: Andrea apologises after flag incident at the Eurovision 2022 Opening Ceremony". wiwibloggs. 2022-05-09. Retrieved 2022-05-12.
  10. ^ "Eurovision 2022: Which Semi-Final is your country performing in?". Eurovision.tv. EBU. 2022-01-25. Retrieved 2022-01-25.
  11. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 2022 Second Semi-Final". Eurovision.tv. EBU. 25 January 2022. Archived from the original on 29 March 2022. Retrieved 16 April 2022.