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North Macedonia: Tamara Todevska – Proud

The newly renamed North Macedonia has presented Tamara Todevska's Proud for Eurovision 2019. The video to Proud is attempting to shoehorn itself into the diversity and empowerment movement, which seems to be the stock PR blurb for most of this year's artists. This ballad has sort of passed people by and was instantly discounted by the market, yet what we have here is a rousing, vocal-led song capable of causing an upset in semi-final 2. It takes a while to get going, but that ending does resonate. Juries have recognised exceptional vocals before with the likes of Evelina Sašenko and Eugent…
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Juries have recognised exceptional vocals before with the likes of Evelina Sašenko and Eugent Bushpepa

User Rating: 4.01 ( 56 votes)

The newly renamed North Macedonia has presented Tamara Todevska’s Proud for Eurovision 2019.

The video to Proud is attempting to shoehorn itself into the diversity and empowerment movement, which seems to be the stock PR blurb for most of this year’s artists.

This ballad has sort of passed people by and was instantly discounted by the market, yet what we have here is a rousing, vocal-led song capable of causing an upset in semi-final 2. It takes a while to get going, but that ending does resonate.

Juries have recognised exceptional vocals before with the likes of Evelina Sašenko and Eugent Bushpepa, to name just two, both qualifying due to support from juries. Tamara is capable of attracting the same level of interest provided the delegation styles the performance sympathetically. Definitely one to watch!

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7 comments

  1. This is a rather lovely little song. It is well sung and with this one even Macedonia surely can’t mess up the staging.

    Yet it’s dated and in the second half of of semi-two it will suffer in comparison with the more modern ballads of Netherlands and (we think) Russia which the juries will almost certainly favour.

    For that reason qualification could be a struggle.

  2. It seems all a song has to do is include “Macedonia” in its name and the fandom will fall in love with it, can’t help but feel if this was the Irish song the fandom would call it boring and would stop watching the second Tamara started singing, I personally hate this from fans but that’s my pet peeve. I would be quite angry if this qualified as it really does nothing or add anything new to the contest and it feels to me that the team behind the song know this so are tying to jam this woman stuff down our throat to cover up the boring song which I can see right through.

    In the end this is really all down to Tamara, if she can pull off an amazing performance vocally than Macedonia stand a chance in what is a very even second half but I am not sure Christer will be generous to this because like I said I’m not sure what this would add to the final.

  3. The good news is this will be harder to screw up the staging than for the last two entries. The bad news is this is quite a trite and boring ballad that will struggle to pick up any televoting support regardless. Despite a second half draw, it’s hard to make a case for this to qualify amongst some of the heavyweights and stronger packages in semi 2. They may have a new name, but I predict another NQ for the former, former yugoslav republic of Macedonia.

  4. Feels like another I Stand type entry. A smaller euro-nation send a singer with pipes to sing a classy ballad that scrapes into the final and then plunges down the scoreboard.

    It builds well, but becomes so much shouting.

    • John, I agree with much of your summary. For me the weakest part of the song is the last 30 seconds and the video. But coming back to this after a few days I was surprised by how much I still iked it.

      Juries reward good vocals, but conversely to Gav I can think of examples (e.g. Finland; Malta, Georgia 2017) where jury support has not been as high as perhaps expected, probably because they have regarded the song as too old fashioned.

      What juries tend to go for are good vocals attached to a modern song – Dami Im being the classic example.

  5. I believe that when viewers think when she starts: “good moment to have a pee”, on their way to the bathroom they will stop, listen more carefully and return to their seat (well, obviously depending on how full their bladder really is). The song is indeed slow to start, but she can surely sing!
    However, it may be that they stop in their tracks on the way to the little gender-neutral room, because they’re thinking: “I don’t remember reading anywhere that Christina Aguilera was going to perform ‘Hurt’ as the interval act?”
    I consider this entry a dark horse.

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