Eurovoix World can reveal that Stefan Manasievic will be representing Macedonia at the 26th edition of Slavianski Bazaar in Belarus this July.

The Head of Delegation for Macedonia at Slavianski Bazaar, Marjan Kataroski confirmed to Eurovoix World that Stefan Manasievic will represent the country in Belarus. Macedonia held their selection process for this years contest in November, selecting singers for both the International Pop Song Performers Contest as well as the Children’s Contest.

Stefan will be representing Macedonia will be representing the country in the International Pop Song Performers Contest, following in the steps of last years entrant Darko Ilievski. Representing the country in the Children’s contest is Marija Spasovska.

Macedonia are the most successful nation from the Balkans participating in the competition. They have won the International Pop Song Performers Contest twice, the first time being in 2000 with Tose Proeski, he went on to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest 2004 in Istanbul, Turkey. Their most recent victory came in 2012 when Bobi Mojsovski, he has gone on to participate in a number of festivals as well as X Factor Adria.

To date the following countries have confirmed their participation in this years contest:

  • Belarus
  • Estonia
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Kazakhstan
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Macedonia
  • Moldova
  • Romania
  • Russia

Source: Marjan Kataroski

Slavianski Bazaar has been held annually in Vibetsk, Belarus since 1992. The event consists of two competitive contests, the International Pop Song Performers Contest for singers age 18 to 31, and the Children’s Contest for those age between 7 and 12. The competition is popular in the former Soviet Union, Baltic States and the Balkans. Winners include Ruslana, Zeljko Joksimovic, Donny Montell and Alyona Lanskaya. The Children’s Contest has been held since 2003 and former winners include singers who have gone on to compete in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. This includes former winner Ksenia Sitnik who won for Belarus in 2005.