Today the Wiwi Jury – our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — travelled to Skopje to soak in the sights of this ancient city. We felt inspired and took the opportunity to review FYR Macedonia’s entry for Junior Eurovision 2016. Did the pop vibe of Martija Stanojkovic‘s “Love Will Lead Our Way” get us dancing? Or do we think the country is destined for another last place finish? Read on to find out…
FYR Macedonia’s Junior Eurovision 2016 song
“Love Will Lead Our Way” reviews – Martija Stanojkovic
Antony: This is by far the best song Macedonia has ever entered for JESC. Extremely current and with a mellow tone, this is a potential dance hit that both children and adults will relate to. The tune embodies its title and the memorable message will resonate with voters. Martija should be commended for her maturity, which will serve her well as she transitions to adult star.
Antranig: The Macedonian entry is easily the best song when it comes to balancing a kid-friendly vibe and a potential radio hit. “Love Will Lead Our Way” oozes youthful energy, but adult juries will bob along too. Martija’s voice complements the song perfectly and carries control and sultriness that belies her age. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this achieve Macedonia’s best Junior Eurovision result ever.
Bernardo: This is my jam! “Love Will Lead Our Way” is FYR Macedonia’s best effort in JESC and, dare I say it, in ESC more generally. Mature but not off-putting, Martija’s strong vocals more than carry the track. It may not be age appropriate, but if staged in the right way, FYR Macedonia is at the front of the line to win this year’s competition.
Chris: A summer pop anthem that, unfortunately, is landing in November. The official video makes Martija look like a real star and we know she can sing live from past performances. The bridge feels a little basic, though, and the song gets incredibly repetitive. I don’t feel anything after listening to it: it’s fine, but that’s that. Martija will need some really big staging or “Love Will Lead Our Way” might fall a little flat.
Deban: Martija Stanojkovic brings the party to Malta with “Love Will Lead Our Way”. A dance track that could have a respectable outing at the mother contest, LWLOW is catchy, upbeat and memorable. Martija’s vocals have depth, her energy is infectious, and her moves are sassy!
Jason: “Love Will Lead Our Way” is certainly very current (Balkan Kygo?) and could fit easily into any radio playlist. Martija’s rich vocals flirt nicely with the summery beat, and she clearly puts her all into the delivery. I just can’t help but feel that the overall package is a bit…mature. And sultry. Especially in comparison to some of the other singers this year. With some slight adjustments — maybe making it a tad more innocent and kiddy-friendly — this could be the winner for sure.
Josh: My award for Most Surprising entry goes to FYR Macedonia. From a country that often fails to see the top half of the scoreboard in both the junior and adult contests, along comes Martija. “Love Will Lead Our Way” blows it out of the water. The song is so 2016, channelling the Caribbean vibes now associated with the likes of Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, The Chainsmokers and Sia. It’s current, it’s happening, it’s FYR Macedonia. Yaaasss!
Robyn: While other countries are happy entering heartwarming songs that will surely bring warm feelings to all the parents and grandparents watching, FYR Macedonia is just happy to enter a song that could easily be at home on the pop charts. But that’s the problem — the charts are full of songs that sound exactly like this. It’s nothing unique or memorable. Martija, however, is a captivating performer, and on stage she could give it the lift it needs.
William: If Martija could enter adult Eurovision, she’d take Macedonia straight to the final. This mixes Balkan realness with Caribbean cool, creating something at once regional and international. Although the melody is nice, it is a tad repetitive and loses my interest rather quickly. But no matter. Martija can be proud she’s delivered FYROM’s best-ever entry at JESC.
Zakaria: Compared to last year, FYR Macedonia presents a more consistent and solid entry. Although this song is too “mature” for a kid’s contest, Martija delivers it with amazing vocals and so much passion. This is easily Macedonia’s best effort in this contest since their debut and for that they deserve any position above last.
Our jury for 2016 consists of twenty-one jurors, but we only have room for ten reviews. The remaining eleven scores are listed below.
The highest and lowest scores are removed prior to calculating the average score. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 4 and a high of 10.