#30 – North Macedonia
Songwriters: Aleksandar Masevski, Andrea Koevska
The Kirkham Report welcomes you to my coverage of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest! From April 3 to the end of the contest on May 14, I’ll be here with all the latest ESC news and info, and of course, that means I’m also bringing you all the info on each song this year ranked in order of my personal preference from bottom to top. I’ll give the reasons for my personal rankings, and some background info on the song, artist, songwriters, and such. Again, these are MY opinions, and I realize that the ESC fan community is a rabid one, and rarely everyone agrees with everyone else, so as they say, your mileage may vary.
There are 40 countries participating this year, up from 39 in 2021 – Armenia and Montenegro return to the contest after taking 2021 off, while Russia has been excluded this year due to their incursion on the sovereign state of Ukraine; Belarus was disqualified in 2021 for three years because of rules violations on their song entry, that runs through 2023.
In at #30 this year is the official entry from North Macedonia, “Circles” by Andrea. It is performed in English, and will be performed 11th at the second semifinal on May 12. The song was chosen by the public in the annual national final contest, Za Evrosong.
Andrea Koevska was born in Skojpe, but grew up in New York City. Her musical inspirations started at the age of five when she was exposed to the sounds of the Harlem neighborhood, and she brought that back to her homeland to become their representative.
What I’m thinking about this song…after spending the past three Eurovision contests in my top five (and 2019 at #1 on my list), this year North Macedonia drops way down because there is just so much good competition. I’m sorry, but the song, while enjoyable, isn’t something I would listen to very often. I know it has a few massive pockets of support, and while I do think it may make the finals, I don’t think it’s going to be an especially high finisher either.
North Macedonia has been around in EuroVision since 1998, missing a couple years here and there. From their debut through 2018, they had competed as FYR Macedonia. and unfortunately, they did not fare very well in the 19 times they’ve participated thus far. But…It’s amazing what a name change can do…after missing the previous six Grand Finals in a row, they came ROARING BACK in 2019, as “Proud” by Tamara Todevska overcame the horrible odds from the fans, made it to the finals, and TOPPED the Jury votes…and finished in 7th place over all, their best ever showing. Last year, Vasil failed to make the finals with his beautiful song “Here I Stand” (despite it being my #2 pick – what a crime) and this year, I have a feeling the same fate may befall them…
Here’s the official music video for “Circles” – check it out…
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