The national broadcaster of Macedonia, MRT, has confirmed that the winner of the annual Skopje Fest will once again represent Macedonia at the Eurovision Song Contest.
As a result, this makes Macedonia the latest country to confirm its continued involvement with Europe’s favourite competition, despite a poor performance in Vienna. The selection for the Balkan nation will take place on November 12th and as such will likely be the first country to select, for the second year in a row.
Last year, Daniel Kajmakoski’s “Lisja esenski” was the victor in Skopje Fest and Daniel won the right to represent his country in Vienna in May. Despite a revamp and translation into the English-language “Autumn Leaves” and an appearance by Blackstreet on the Eurovision stage, Macedonia was second-last with 28 points in the first semi-final.
Macedonia has now failed to qualify for three years in a row and so there is increased pressure on the winner of Skopje Fest 2015 to return the nation to the Eurovision final. To help the process, the top three of the competition will also recieve cash prizes from MRT. Song submissions are open until Tuesday 15th September 2015, with restrictions of 4 minutes in song length and for submissions to be entirely in Macedonian.
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