“Proud” bekend op 4 maart 2019.

De Noord-Macedonische kandidaat voor het Eurovisiesongfestival, Tamara Todevska maakte vandaag via Instagram bekend dat haar inzending Proud over exact twee weken in première zal gaan.
Proud is geschreven door drie songwriters: Robert Bilbilov, Darko Dimitrov en Lazar Cvetkovski. Alle drie schijfers hebben banden met het Eurovisiesongfestival. De bekendste schrijver is Darko Dimitrov. Hij schreef heel wat inzendingen voor het Eurovisiesongfestival en de kinderversie Junior Eurovisiesongfestival. Lazar Cvetkoski schreef de Macedonische inzendingen van 2013 én 2014. Robert Bibliov schreef dan weer de inzending van Macedonië op het Eurovisiesongfestival van 2008 waarbij Tamara ook de zangeres was.

Hello, When one month ago, I got the invitation to represent my country at the Eurovision Song Content in Tel Aviv, (aside from my enthusiastic and happy YES ?), the first thing that popped up in my mind was, what will be the purpose of my participation at the contest? What is it that I want to say? What is it that I want to share with the world? You see, for me, Eurovision has never been about entering the finals, being in the top 10 or even winning. Eurovision, to me, has always been so much more than that! Eurovision is 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. I am a mother of two: a three-year-old girl and a three-month-old boy. I know it sounds like a cliché, but they truly changed my life and I feel, both, as a mother and as a parent, that it is my responsibility and OUR responsibility to bring positive change to our children’s lives. My whole life I have been told that I wasn’t girly enough, good enough, that I walked and acted like a man. Lower your head, put something sexy on, no one cares what you really think, they would say. You see, in their minds, I was just another lost girl. Today, as I look at my daughter, I want her to grow up in a world where people will not judge her, tell her how to act, smile and move. I want her to know that she doesn’t have to follow the rules to be accepted. I want her to be whoever she wants to be and most importantly, be proud of who she is. That’s the least I can do for her. I am proud to say that on the 16th of May 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 strict rules. On May 16th, 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! You will ALWAYS be good enough! See you in Tel Aviv! ❤ Tamara #proud #teamtamara #eurovision2019 #daretodream
Een bericht gedeeld door Tamara Todevska (@tamaratodevska) op 18 Feb 2019 om 2:26 (PST)

Noord-Macedonië neemt deel aan de tweede halve finale van het Eurovisiesongfestival op donderdag 16 mei 2019.

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