Eurovision 2019: North Macedonia

Hello welcome to my series of quick takes designed to get you ready for Eurovision 2019. Just some quick thoughts / my take on each of the 41 songs this year. The countries are in alphabetical order so without further ado: North Macedonia.

Country: North Macedonia
Singer: Tamara Todevska
Song: Proud
Personal Score: 36 out of 41
My Prediction: NQ

This song hits a bunch of my pet peeves. It’s the token lip service “girl you’re so strong don’t let people tell you know” ballad. A lot of countries looked at the top five of last year for inspiration of what to send this year and while so many countries leaned into the “Fuego” route, people at least recognized that trying to copy “Toy” was a much more monumental task. North Macedonia looked at them and then immediately mushed together Israel and Germany’s songs and got…this thing. The message is on point but the execution is so sloppy that it comes off as even worse than pandering, insincere and forced. I don’t have a lot to say about this song because it feels very minimal. Minimal music, minimal vocals, and what I assume will be minimal staging. There’s very little to disagree with because I like the message and Tamara has beautiful vocals but there’s absolutely nothing about this song that makes me want to return to it.

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