One of the countries who has always been around since the introduction of the semi-final system has been the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia despite the fact that their qualification record has been nowhere near stellar. Following four initial qualifications, the nation went onto a bout of four non-qualifications by the broadcaster; MRT decided that they needed to see what was going wrong and scrapped their never ending national selection in favour of an internal selection with the chosen artist preferably known in the country and therefore possibly also cover the neighbouring regions with the possibility of garnering some extra votes. This was the case with Kaliopi who presented the song Crno I Belo which was extremely well received in Baku, Azerbaijan. The broadcaster in charge of the nations’ participation has just confirmed that they will be holding another internal selection for 2013.
The decision by the broadcaster is set to be made by the end of the month and therefore, the announcement will be taking place at some point within the end of December. Kaliopi proved to be quite the fan favourite at this years’ Eurovision Song Contest because she is quite the jovial character and was screaming about everywhere she went, making her presence known. She also made very good friends with Kurt Calleja, the Maltese representative building relations between the two countries. In the semi-final, she managed to finish in ninth place and thus achieve a place in the final where she also finished in thirteenth place, thus making it the second best result for the nation with Elena Risteska doing better in 2006, by virtue of achieving twelfth place. Nevertheless, following a bout of disappointing appearances in recent years, this is just what they needed to reignite their flame in the event. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news from the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.