North Macedonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022

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Eurovision Song Contest 2022
Country North Macedonia
National selection
Selection processZa Evrosong 2022
Selection date(s)4 February 2022
Selected entrantAndrea
Selected song"Circles"
Selected songwriter(s)
  • Aleksandar Masevski
  • Andrea Koevska
Finals performance
Semi-final resultFailed to qualify (11th)
North Macedonia in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2021 2022

North Macedonia is set to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy, with the song "Circles", written by Aleksandar Masevski and Andrea Koevska. The song will be performed by Andrea, who was selected via the national final Za Evrosong 2022 organised by the Macedonian national broadcaster Macedonian Radio Television (MRT). The competition featured six entries and took place between 28 January 2022 and 4 February 2022, with the winner determined via a combination of public voting and international jury voting in a live show on 4 February 2022.

North Macedonia was drawn to compete in the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest which took place on 12 May 2022. Performing during the show in position 11, "Circles" was not announced among the top 10 entries of the second semi-final and therefore did not qualify to compete in the final. It was later revealed that North Macedonia placed eleventh out of the 18 participating countries in the semi-final with 76 points, just one place from qualifying.

Background

Prior to the 2022 contest, North Macedonia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest twenty times since its first entry in 1998.[1] The nation's best result in the contest to this point was seventh, which it achieved in 2019 with the song "Proud" performed by Tamara Todevska. Following the introduction of semi-finals to the format of the contest in 2004, North Macedonia has featured in only six finals. In 2021, North Macedonia was represented by Vasil with the song "Here I Stand", which failed to qualify for the final, finishing in 15th place in the first semi-final with 23 points.

The Macedonian national broadcaster, Macedonian Radio Television (MRT), broadcasts the event within North Macedonia and organises the selection process for the nation's entry. North Macedonia has previously selected their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest through both national finals and internal selections. MRT confirmed their intentions to participate at the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest on 20 October 2021.[2] For 2015, North Macedonia selected their entry using the national final Skopje Fest. Between 2016 and 2021, the broadcaster internally selected North Macedonia's entries, resulting in a single qualification to the final during this period, in 2019. The broadcaster returned to using a national final to select the Macedonian entry for 2022.[3]

Before Eurovision

Za Evrosong 2022

Za Evrosong 2022 was the national final developed by MRT in order to select North Macedonia's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. The competition commenced on 28 January 2022 and the winner was announced in a live final on 4 February 2022.[4] Six acts competed, and the voting results were revealed in a live televised show on 4 February 2022 held at MRT's Studio 1 in Skopje and hosted by 2017 Macedonian entrant Jana Burčeska and co-head of delegation for North Macedonia at the Eurovision Song Contest Aleksandra Jovanovska. The winner was selected through a professional international jury panel and a public televote. The show was broadcast on MRT 1 as well as streamed online via the MRT's satellite broadcast.[5][6][7]

Competing entries

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.[4][8] The jury consisted of Meri Popova (MRT 1 editor and Macedonian Head of Delegation for the Eurovision Song Contest), Zoran Mirčevski (MR 2 editor-in-chief), Biljana Nikolovska (MR 1 music editor), Aleksandra Jovanovska (MR 2 journalist), Jana Burčeska (journalist at MRT 3), Maja Trpčanovska (MRT 1 journalist) and Ardita Imeri (MRT 2 journalist).[9] The competing entries were released to the public on 28 January 2022.

Final

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. A 50/50 combination of the online vote and an international jury panel. A monetary prize of €2,000 was also awarded to the winner. In addition to the competing entries, 2019 North Macedonian entrant Tamara Todevska and 2021 North Macedonian entrants in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest Dajte Muzika made guest appearances.[10][11]

The international jury panel consisted of Gordon Bonello (Maltese TV producer and journalist), Tali Eshkoli (music critique and head of delegation for Israel), Natia Mshvenieradze (TV producer and head of delegation for Georgia), Felix Bergsson (writer, actor and head of delegation for Iceland) and David Tserunyan (TV producer and head of delegation for Armenia). Each juror ranked the competing entries from 1–6 based on their personal preference. These rankings were then converted into points that contributed to half of the final result.[12]

Artist Song Songwriter(s) Jury Televote Total Place
Votes Points Votes Points
Andrea "Circles" Aleksandar Masevski [mk], Andrea Koevska 10 12 4,300 8 20 1
Kaly "Love and Light" Davor Jordanovski, Vesna Malinova 22 6 7,539 10 16 3
Lara Ivanova "Flower of Sorrow" Robert Bilbilov [mk], Robin Zimbakov 12 10 1,186 5 15 4
Ris Flower "Flying to Berlin" Boris Cvetanovski 24 5 1,367 6 11 6
Viktor Apostolovski "Superman" Vladimir Dojcinovski, Viktor Apostolovski [mk] 16 8 12,621 12 20 2
Yon Idy "Dreams" Jon Ajdini 21 7 3,743 7 14 5
Detailed international jury votes
Song
MLT

ISR

GEO

ISL

ARM
Total Points
"Circles" 1 5 1 2 1 10 12
"Love and Light" 4 3 6 4 5 22 6
"Flower of Sorrow" 2 2 5 1 2 12 10
"Flying to Berlin" 6 4 3 5 6 24 5
"Superman" 3 1 2 6 4 16 8
"Dreams” 5 6 4 3 3 21 7

Preparation and promotion

On 5 February 2022, MRT announced that "Circles" would undergo a production revamp prior to the contest in May as a part of a €2,000 budget allocated by the broadcaster to improve the nation's entry prior to the contest and for contributions to staging at the contest.[13] The revamp was revealed in the first live performance of the song in Romania's national selection on 5 March 2022, with the official music video premiered on the Eurovision YouTube channel on 10 March 2022.[14][15]

Prior to the contest, it was revealed that Andrea would perform in both Montenegro's song presentation show Montenegro, dodici punti on 4 March 2022 and in the final of Romania's national selection on 5 March 2022.[16][17] Andrea also performed at the London Eurovision Party, which wase held at the Hard Rock Hotel venue on 3 April 2022 in London, United Kingdom and hosted by SuRie and Paddy O'Connell, and also at the Menora Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv for the Israeli pre-party on 7 April 2022.[18][19] She then travelled to Madrid for PrePartyES, which was held on 16 April 2022.[20]

At Eurovision

Cala Luna [it] in the Province of Nuoro in Sardinia was the location of Andrea's postcard.
A video postcard introduced Andrea's performance in the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. The postcard was filmed at the Cala Luna [it] in the Province of Nuoro in Sardinia and featured virtual projections of Andrea across the location.

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 has been placed into the second semi-final, to be held on 12 May 2022, and has been scheduled to perform in the second half of the show.[21]

Once all the competing songs for the 2022 contest had been released, the running order for the semi-finals was decided by the shows' producers rather than through another draw, so that similar songs were not placed next to each other. North Macedonia was set to perform in position 11, following the entry from Ireland and before the entry from Estonia.[22]

In North Macedonia, all shows were broadcast on both MRT 1 and MRT 2, with commentary.[23][24] The Macedonian spokesperson, who announced the top 12-point score awarded by the Macedonian jury during the final, was Jana Burčeska, who previously represented North Macedonia at the contest in 2017.[25]

Flag Incident

During the "Turquoise Carpet" event which preceded the Opening Ceremony of the contest on 8 May 2022, Andrea was seen throwing the flag of North Macedonia onto the floor during a photoshoot with the press. The Macedonian broadcaster MRT later published a statement condemning her action, describing it as "desecration of a national symbol, which is punishable by Macedonian law". MRT threatened to withdraw Andrea from the contest. Andrea immediately issued a statement on national television, apologising for her actions and stating that she simply meant to hand the flag to a member of the delegation, who was too far away.[26] MRT later stated on 11 May that they would take all disciplinary measures after the delegation returns from Turin, while also raising the possibility that they would not return for the 2023 contest due to the negative publicity caused by the incident.[27]

Semi-final

Andrea took part in technical rehearsals on 3 and 6 May, followed by dress rehearsals on 11 and 12 May. This included the jury show on 11 May where the professional juries of each country watched and voted on the competing entries.

The Macedonian performance featured Andrea alone on stage dressed in black. The performance featured two off-stage female backing vocalists. The two backing vocalists were Renata Kralevska [mk] and Ana Petanovska.[28] The performance was similar throughout the entirety, with golden screens and sun patterns dominating the theme of the stage show. Effects on the floor of the stage began to appear towards the climax of the performance.

At the end of the show, North Macedonia was not announced among the top 10 entries in the second semi-final and therefore failed to qualify to compete in the final. This was the second consecutive absence of North Macedonia from the final. It was later revealed that Andrea placed 11th out of the 18 entries in the second semi-final, just one spot from qualifying. North Macedonia received a total of 76 points: 56 points from the juries and 20 points from the public televote.

Voting

Below is a breakdown of points awarded to North Macedonia in the second semi-final. Voting during the three shows involved each country awarding two sets of points from 1-8, 10 and 12: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting.[29] The exact composition of the professional jury, and the results of each country's jury and televoting were released after the final; the individual results from each jury member were also released in an anonymised form.[30][31] The Macedonian jury consisted of Andrijana Jovanovska, Ivan Petrovski, Nikola Micevski and Yon Idy.[30][31] In the second semi-final, North Macedonia placed 11th with 76 points, just one spot from qualifying. North Macedonia also received twelve points in the jury vote from Germany. Over the course of the contest, North Macedonia awarded its 12 points to Serbia (in both the jury and televote) in the second semi-final, and to Spain (jury) and Serbia (televote) in the final.[32][33]

Points awarded to North Macedonia

Points awarded to North Macedonia (Semi-final 2)[32]
Score Televote Jury
12 points  Germany
10 points  Montenegro  Czech Republic
8 points  Serbia
7 points
6 points
5 points
4 points
3 points
2 points  Czech Republic  Finland
1 point

Points awarded by North Macedonia

Detailed voting results

The following members comprised the Macedonian jury:[31][30]

  • Andrijana Jovanovska – music producer, songwriter
  • Ivan Petrovski – singer-songwriter
  • Nikola Micevski – journalist, TV presenter
  • Yon Idy – singer-songwriter, participated in the Macedonian selection for Eurovision 2022
Detailed voting results from North Macedonia (Semi-final 2)[32]
Draw Country Jury Televote
Juror 1 Juror 2 Juror 3 Juror 4 Juror 5 Average Rank Points Rank Points
01  Finland 16 16 3 3 6 7 4 3 8
02  Israel 14 7 6 7 16 11 13
03  Serbia 1 11 1 1 9 1 12 1 12
04  Azerbaijan 7 14 7 6 14 10 1 16
05  Georgia 10 13 16 12 11 15 17
06  Malta 2 3 12 11 4 5 6 8 3
07  San Marino 17 17 17 15 5 14 15
08  Australia 3 1 9 13 15 6 5 14
09  Cyprus 11 12 14 14 17 17 6 5
10  Ireland 15 8 15 16 12 16 11
11  North Macedonia
12  Estonia 12 9 11 5 7 9 2 10 1
13  Romania 13 10 10 17 10 13 12
14  Poland 4 2 4 8 3 3 8 9 2
15  Montenegro 6 5 5 10 13 8 3 2 10
16  Belgium 5 4 2 4 2 2 10 7 4
17  Sweden 9 6 8 2 1 4 7 4 7
18  Czech Republic 8 15 13 9 8 12 5 6
Detailed voting results from North Macedonia (Final)[33]
Draw Country Jury Televote
Juror 1 Juror 2 Juror 3 Juror 4 Juror 5 Average Rank Points Rank Points
01  Czech Republic 25 17 10 20 19 22 6 5
02  Romania 10 10 14 19 13 19 13
03  Portugal 23 18 17 5 14 15 17
04  Finland 24 25 6 12 17 18 15
05   Switzerland 14 6 18 10 5 10 1 18
06  France 15 16 23 17 22 24 19
07  Norway 12 22 15 24 16 23 9 2
08  Armenia 21 11 16 16 10 21 21
09  Italy 11 21 3 15 1 4 7 5 6
10  Spain 5 1 1 2 2 1 12 2 10
11  Netherlands 17 14 19 8 15 20 14
12  Ukraine 13 19 12 21 4 12 3 8
13  Germany 20 7 24 11 7 13 20
14  Lithuania 18 20 9 14 9 17 10 1
15  Azerbaijan 6 12 11 3 25 7 4 24
16  Belgium 16 13 5 9 6 8 3 16
17  Greece 8 15 4 13 23 11 22
18  Iceland 22 23 25 25 21 25 25
19  Moldova 9 24 20 7 18 16 4 7
20  Sweden 19 5 7 6 3 5 6 7 4
21  Australia 1 3 13 18 20 6 5 23
22  United Kingdom 3 4 21 4 8 3 8 12
23  Poland 4 9 8 22 11 9 2 11
24  Serbia 2 2 2 1 24 2 10 1 12
25  Estonia 7 8 22 23 12 14 8 3

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