Exclusive Interview with Tamara Todevska (North Macedonia 2019)

Today I’m kicking off the interview series with different Eurovision stars to find out exciting stuff about them and their forthcoming performance in Tel Aviv. Today’s interview is with Tamara Todevska, this amazing artist that will represent (again) North Macedonia at Eurovision, making an exciting comeback after 11 years. Tamara is well known among Eurovision fans since she already represented the country back in 2008 with the song “Let me love you”, she finished on the 10th position in the Semifinal but given the format in 2008, the juries didn’t select her to advance to the Grand Final. It doesn’t matter now because Tamara is back with a fresh song that is set to conquer the hearts of everyone who will listen to it. Let’s find out more about Tamara and her forthcoming adventure:

Hello Tamara! It’s a pleasure to take you this interview and I’m sure that my readers will be thrilled to learn new things about you. Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your career? How did you develop your passion for music?

Thank you so much for your kind words. It is always a pleasure to speak to Eurovision fans around the world. What can I say about myself? I have been performing since I was six years old and actually, one of the main reasons why I am doing what I am doing is because of Eurovision. I was six when I watched Carola win the Eurovision Song Contest in 1991 and I remember telling my parents – one day I will be just like her. My whole life I have been surrounded by music. My mother is an opera singer at the National Opera and my father is a professor at the Academy of Music in Skopje. And I am sure most of you know my sister Tijana, who represented our country at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 with the song To the Sky.

Can you tell us what the song for Eurovision 2019 is about? Is it a ballad, up-tempo song? What’s the story behind it?

All I can say at this moment, is that I will dedicate my song to my daughter and sing for everyone out there who has been told to always lower their heads and follow rules that make no sense. On May 16th, together we will break the rules and at least for one night in the year, we will show the world that I AM PROUD is always stronger than their YOU WILL NEVER BE GOOD ENOUGH!

Can you tell us what do you like most about Eurovision? Which are your all-time favorite songs? How much do you think Eurovision changed since your last participation in 2008?

Eurovision is so much more than a music festival. Eurovision is all about accepting the different, defying the norms and being proud of who you are, just the way you are. Eurovision is that one night in the year when the entire continent comes together to celebrate boldness, bravery and individuality. It is the place where being different means being PROUD. There have been so many songs and so many amazing performers at Eurovision and all of them have, in a way, have defined me as an artist and as a person. If I had to pick one, and this is only because of my emotional attachment to it, it would definitely be Carola’s Fångad av en Stormvind. Watching her perform was a truly defying moment in my life and my career.

What’s your impression about Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest? Do you know any Romanian singers that impressed you at Eurovision? Can you name some?

Romania has so many great artists and you have really left a mark on the Eurovision Song Contest. I love Ester’s song “On a Sunday”. I can’t wait to meet her at the contest in May.

What do you think about last year’s winning performance? Did you like it? Do you think you can bring the trophy to Skopje for the first time ever?

I love Netta and she was truly incredible last year. She had a great song but even a more powerful message. She is a true inspiration to all of us. As for bringing the trophy to Skopje, you never know, I will for sure give it my best! The most important thing for me this year, however, is to inspire people to believe in their greatness, to accept themselves and be proud of who they are. It is so important to look back at your life, at those moments of doubts, loneliness and sadness and just be proud of yourself for finding the strength and the courage to overcome them.

Eurovision gave us amazing artists that we honor even today (Abba, Johny Logan, Celine Dion etc). What are your expectations regarding your future experience in Tel Aviv? What do you want to get out of this experience?

Eurovision is always an amazing experience and I cannot wait to perform again. Me and my team will give our best and I am sure we will have a great time. I also cannot wait to meet all the amazing artists.

Can you tell us a bit about the show you are preparing for Eurovision? Is there a concept in creation at the moment? What should we expect on stage?

I am proud of the song and the amazing team behind me. I hope you will be too 😊

The countdown for the great event is already on with all the national finals rolling in Europe. Do you follow the other countries or other national finals?

Yes, and there are already some amazing songs out there. This will be a great year for the Eurovision Song Contest.

Thank you for your precious time, Tamara. We want to wish you the best of luck in Tel Aviv. Do you have a message for our Romanian readers?

Be proud of yourself and don’t hide your greatness.

Tamara will sing her song “Proud” in the second half of the second semifinal on 16th May. Stay tuned for the song release which will come pretty soon, meanwhile enjoy her performance from 2008.

Flo Weiss
Growing up in a small town in Western Romania, I never thought I would get the chance to travel the world, yet here I am, making dreams come true. You just need to be dedicated, passionate, and always eager to try new things and never step away from being yourself.