North Macedonia: Ongoing Conversations at MRT Regarding Eurovision 2024

In September 2023, we reported that North Macedonian broadcaster MRT expressed intention to compete at Eurovision 2024.

It is still unclear whether we will see North Macedonia competing at Eurovision 2024.
In a previous document, released by MRT, it has been stated:

The program of Macedonian Radio Television in 2024 will be
also marked by the participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2024 where
Macedonian musical values will be presented through the participating song
at this festival.

MRT has also planned the suggested budget for 2024, where a bullet about Eurovision 2024 appeared. An allocation of 1,500,000 Macedonian Denars (around 24,349 Euros) was suggested for Eurovision 2024:

Based on MRT reports, we learn that Eurovision 2024 participation is still under discussions.
Professor Smilka Janeska Sarkanjac, the president of program at MRT sounds supportive regarding Eurovision 2024 participation.
Furthermore, in recent conversations, she suggested that MRT should suggest a selection process for Eurovision 2024 by the end of November 2023.

Professor Smilka Janeska Sarkanjac added:

By not participating in Eurovision, we miss out on presenting ourselves
on the international stage

The participants in the meeting called for a more transparent selection process for Eurovision 2024. They have even wondered whether “Skopje Festival” can be used as the selection process. However, it has been stated that the schedule of the festival won’t fit the Eurovision timeline.

Andrea represented North Macedonia at Eurovision 2022 with the song “Circles“.
Unfortunately, she didn’t qualify for the final, ending in 11th place in semi-final 2:

Who would you like to see representing Serbia at Eurovision 2024?
Eurovision 2024 will be held in Malmö, Sweden.
The semi-finals will be held on the 7th and 9th of May 2024, and the grand final will be held on the 11th of May 2024

So far, the list of countries that have confirmed participation in Eurovision 2024

  1. Sweden
  2. Norway
  3. Finland
  4. Israel
  5. Germany
  6. The Netherlands
  7. Luxembourg
  8. Moldova
  9. Estonia
  10. Austria
  11. Cyprus
  12. Denmark
  13. Spain
  14. France
  15. Ireland
  16. Iceland
  17. Italy
  18. Malta
  19. Serbia
  20. Switzerland
  21. The UK
  22. Azerbaijan
  23. Croatia
  24. Lithuania
  25. Ukraine
  26. Portugal
  27. Poland
  28. San Marino
  29. Belgium
  30. Latvia
  31. Greece
  32. Georgia
  33. Slovenia
  34. Albania
  35. Czechia
  36. North Macedonia – not official

Doron Lahav is 30-year-old, who lives in Israel. Doron has been watching the Eurovision Song Contest since early 2000s. Doron works as a Data Scientist and shows interest in singing and writing.

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