Today the Wiwi Jury – our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — travelled to Skopje to collectively cry over the country’s withdrawal from the Eurovision Song Contest in 2018. Upon realising that they’re still taking part at Junior Eurovision in Tbilisi, we decided to dry our tears and review the entry for FYR Macedonia at Junior Eurovision 2017, “Dancing Through Life” by Mina Blažev. Does this song make us dance through life, or just plod along as per usual? Read on to find out…
FYR Macedonia’s Junior Eurovision 2017 song
“Dancing Through Life” reviews – Mina Blažev
Bernardo: The FYR of Macedonia keeps their Junior Eurovision trend by sending yet another contemporary track sang by a teenager. While “Dancing Through Life” is more suited to the Eurovision Song Contest, Mina keeps it young and fresh. The song may be lacking a strong chorus, but Mina’s presence is magnetic in the video and I’m sure she will bring it in Georgia.
Deban: Mina is a beautiful flower dancing through life. Her voice cuts through the busy “ooh oohs” of her entry. It may be in JESC, but this offering could have done well in Eurovision too. The universality of love is presented here in a very tasteful manner. Unfortunately, the song’s arrangement is a little jarring and somewhat unmemorable.
Jovana: For the second year in a row, FYR Macedonia emerges as one of the favourites. “Dancing Through Life” is an electropop banger that could stand on par with many of the current worldwide hits. However, for me, it lacks personality. I simply cannot see Mina shine through the song’s glitzy production. As for the transition between Macedonian and English, I cannot get my head around it. At times it sounds great, but at other times it sounds clumsy.
Robyn: There’s no doubt that “Dancing Through Life” is a modern pop banger, and Mina gives a compelling vocal performance in the studio version. It will, however, be interesting to see how it comes across live on the Tbilisi stage. But it’s one track that will easily make the transition from the club to JESC.
Sebastian: “Dancing Through Life” is the spiritual love child of “Dance Alone” and Who See’s “Igranka”. Macedonia’s entry is an up-tempo electronic RnB track which would not sound out of place on the Eurovision stage. The paint motif of the music video brings the juvenility and freedom of finger painting to a too-cool-for-school level. Mina should totally incorporate this into her on-stage performance, just to remind viewers at home that this is a Junior Eurovision entry — rather than a club banger you hear on a Saturday night.
William: Teen on the dance floor! Young Mina has mature musical tastes, moving us from cartoon corner to the club. Her song has a strong Eurodance vibe and wouldn’t be out of place in a national final for the Eurovision Song Contest. And while many dance songs obscure the voice, this lets her show off what she’s got — a gritty, full, promising vocal.
Our jury for 2017 consists of 20 jurors, but we only have room for 6 reviews. The remaining 14 scores are listed below.
The highest and lowest scores are dropped prior to calculating the average score. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 6 and a high of 9.5.