ESCountdown 2019: #1 – “Proud” by Tamara Todevska, North Macedonia

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN! Welcome to my ESCountdown 2019, presented by eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica! Between April 7 and May 12, I will countdown my picks of the entries in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019! There are 41 countries participating this year, and we’ll bring you each and every entry from them all!

At this point in time we are now less than ONE WEEK away from the Grand Final for 2018, and only three days from the first semi final. Today, I will wrap up this year’s ESCountdown, bringing you my top five picks. As always, I know the ESC fandom community is a rabid one, and fans are all over the road with their own personal tastes and choices, so as always with my personal picks, your mileage may vary…:-)


In at #1 on my countdown this year is the official entry from North Macedonia, “Proud” by Tamara Todevska, music by Darko Dimitrov, Robert Bibliov, and Lazar Cvetkoski, lyrics by Kosta Petrov and Sanja Popovska. The song is performed in English, and will be performed 17th on the second semi-final on May 16th.

Tamara Todevska’s career started with a simple single release done with her sister at the age of ELEVEN, and she’s been singing ever since, breaking through in 2003. She’s been to Eurovision before as well, performing with Rade Vrchakovski and Adrian Gaxha in 2008; their song, “Let Me Love You“, finished tenth in their semi-final and fell just short of qualification for the finals.

Memo to whatever record label is handling “Proud” for North Macedonia at Eurovision- send demos of this song to the higher ups at the #MeToo headquarters and other female empowerment groups that have begun to finally speak up about things here in the US, and also suggest they pass it on to an American record label – if you can get the backing of people like Rose McGowan, Ellen Page, Alyssa Milano, Jennifer Lawrence, Frances McDormand, and the many other celebs who have come out for various issues involving the treatment of women both in the US and around the world, I will guarantee you will have a NUMBER ONE hit in the US – “Proud” will be to this generation what Helen Reddy‘s anthemic “I Am Woman” was to the Women’s Liberation movement, regardless of how it performs at EuroVision. I knew the second I heard it, and it sent chills down my spine, that I was hearing a song destined for greatness. Sadly, European women don’t seem to embrace the kind of movements going on here in the US right now, and it’s reflecting on the song’s popularity; although support has started to swell up just a tiny bit over the last couple of weeks, it may not be enough to help take it to the grand final, even though it absolutely should and NEEDS TO BE THERE next Saturday. This is a powerful song, reminding those women who made the sacrifices they have made in coming forward about sexual abuse, discrimination, job inequality, and more that there are others out there, both men and women, who will stand by them and support them all the way. Some of these movements are held in disdain by some because a few of them are pushing too hard, trying to go nuclear on things that could have serious consequences on the innocent. That is somewhat understandable, up to a point, because it has been so long since someone had the guts to stand up to those who would take advantage of them in any situation. It NEEDS to be done, but has to be done without the alienation of either sex, and without taking the innocent down as well – if not, the entire movement will backfire badly and perhaps make things worse than they have been. With this song to remind everyone WHY people are speaking out, perhaps it will help bring people together in what is very definitely a just and needed cause, when done correctly. And more power to those who can help get it there, including the songwriters and Tamara Todevska’s brilliantly understated performance of this powerful anthemic song that deserves better than the ESC fans are taking the time to give it…

North Macedonia has been around in EuroVision since 1998; until this year, they have competed as FYR Macedonia. and unfortunately, they have not fared very well in the eighteen times they’ve participated thus far. Their best showing has been 12th, in 2006. They have missed the last six Grand Finals in a row…hopefully enough people will vote for this powerful and important song so that it does not become their seventh miss in a row…because it deserves FAR FAR BETTER…

Please please PLEASE get behind this song and what it stands for. Even if the song doesn’t make the finals, it deserves to be heard the world over…

And those are my personal choices for favorite songs in the 2018 EuroVision Song Contest! Join eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica each day through this year’s finals on May 18!

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