Where: Belgrade, Serbia
Who: Tamara, Vrčak & Adrijan
What: Let Me Love You
Macedonia’s semi final history is far from being up-and-down. Since 2004, their results have read as follows: 10th, 9th, 10th, 9th, 10th, 10th, 15th, 16th and 9th. It’s safe to say they have a talent for being on the cusp of qualification, or just squeezing through. Thanks to the voting system in place in 2008 and 2009 (in which the nine most-televoted for songs progressed alongside one song chosen by a jury – a crappy system I was glad to see the back of) Macedonia missed out on Saturday night on Belgrade and Moscow. I was only really miffed about this in 08, when Tamara etc were screwed over.
The trio had performed Let Me Love You at the Macedonian final in Macedonian, as Vo Imeto Na Ljubovta (In The Name of Love) and that performance had been woeful in every respect, from the dodgy dance moves to Tamara’s vocals, akin to those of a wailing cat. Somehow, it still managed to win. Fast-forward to May, and the song had been reworked rather well into English, but let’s face it – the performance wasn’t much better. There was something in particular about her shimmy, and the fact that Rapper Guy #1 spent most of his stage time standing dead still in the background (awkward!) that was the opposite of appealing.
And yet…I really do like this song. The crowd clearly did, and so did all the viewers who voted enough to push it into the top 10 of the night. But ultimately it was 12th-ranked Sweden and former winner Charlotte Perrelli who fist-pumped in Macedonia’s place. Sure, she put in one hell of a performance, but I can’t help feeling sorry for Tamara and the rapper guys (#1 and #2) who were the first to feel the sting of the jury wildcard.
What did you think of Macedonia 08? Did they deserve a place in the final? Who would you have picked as the wildcard if you were on the jury?