After taking a year off from JESC, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has decided to return to Junior Eurovision. Over the summer the Macedonian broadcaster MRT announced that it had internally selected Ivana Petkovska and Magdalena Aleksovska to represent the Balkan country.

There wasn’t much info about these girls online. But thankfully we now have have their song “Pletenka” to fill in some of the gaps. The title means “braided”…and they have indeed braided their hair in the video clip for the song, which you can watch below.

Macedonian isn’t our mother tongue, but this much we know: these girls are following the example of last year’s Montenegrin act Masa & Lejla by serving some children’s realness. “Pletenka” is carefree and alive. There’s a strong Balkan dance vibe that will surely give some people the happy they need to start their day.

These lil’ ladies also work well together. They composed the song entirely by themselves. Some countries, like Australia, can learn from that…

Listen to the song below and let us know what you think.

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Iripan
Iripan
5 years ago

Why is it that Georgia and Albania no one says anything about who wrote those songs? And they been known for as entries much longer. If you say bad about one you should say bad about all . So many good songs to choose this year!!

SauleRiet
SauleRiet
5 years ago

Republic of Macedonia for the win.Lovely girls, great pop song, great message.
My Top.10 so far:
01.Ivana i Magdalena – Pletenka (Republic of Macedonia)
02.Shalisa – Million Lights (The Netherlands)
03.Bella Paige – My Girls (Australia) – It’s interesting that Bella has a Macedonian descent. So Macedonia have 3 singers in this year JESC.
04.Mishela Rapo – Dambaje (Albania)
05.Mika – Love (Armenia)
06.Lina Kuduzovi? – Prva ljubezen (Slovenia)
07.Mikhail Smirnov – Mechta (Russia)
08.Anna Trincher – Pochny z sebe (Ukraine)
09.Ruslan Aslanov – Magic (Belarus)
10.Virus – Gabede (Georgia)

Zack
Zack
5 years ago

Renske, I think given the context of the history of the Australian entry, the history of Junior Eurovision in general with songs originally composed by kids, and the fact that we are talking about WiwiBloggs (the best place to get snarky and witty Eurovision commentary), you had every right to make the statement that you did. If you are throwing any shade at all, it’s not to the talented young singers, but rather to the evolution of the song contest (be it a good or bad one). If it matters, you do have your supporters! Keep up the good work!

Roelof Meesters
Roelof Meesters
5 years ago

This fun, butt their voices sound produced. This is better than Georgia. It can do well, or not…

My top:
1. Australia
2. Slovenia
3. The Netherlands
4. Ukraine
5. Albania
6. F.Y.R. Macedonia
7. Russia
8. Belarus
9. Georgia

@EugeneESCUK
5 years ago

Some clarity on some of the JESC rules :- 1) Re. Songwriting :- Adults are allowed TO ASSIST in the writing of the entries. 2) Re. Selection :- Each country’s entry must be selected through a televised national final (unless circumstances prevent this and permission is gained from the EBU) 3) Re. Language :- The song must be written and sung in the national language (or one of the national languages) of the country being represented. However, they can also have a FEW LINES in a different language. (Read English here!!) My comments :- How would they know if the… Read more »

PP
PP
5 years ago

1.Georgia (it remind me of their song with they won 2011 , Candy music)
2.Australia
3.Belarus
4.Albania (for me they maybe suprise us like Armenia last year)
5.Ukraine
6.The Netherlands
7.F.Y.R. Macedonia
8.Slovenia
9.Russia

SpirK
SpirK
5 years ago

To be honest, I don’t really care if children were involved or not in the songwriting and don’t bother to see professional songs. We can’t even know in the songs that children “have been involved in songwriting”, what there involvement was. I’m not really in to Australia being a permanent part of Eurovision or Junior Eurovision, but I have to say that their song is one of the best at this moment. It can be acknowledged as a break of rules because the girl wasn’t involved in songwriting but I guess they will declare an “Australia special situation”. “Pletenka” felt… Read more »

Mei International
Mei International
5 years ago

Mario aka Wikipedia up in here. Must you do this, still? Comments add no value!

Graph
Graph
5 years ago

7/10

I think this is the best song of the jolly group so far (Albania, Georgia, F.Y.R. Macedonia).

Hannes
Hannes
5 years ago

Who cares if it is written by the artist or not, almost every song in Esc/Jesc is not written by the artist

Erin
Erin
5 years ago

It’s a decent down-to-earth entry that doesn’t go on a splurge. The girls seem to have been involved in the creative process from start till finish and that’s admirable. They don’t have a unique vocal signature unlike other solo participants, but are at ease and don’t put on a masquerade: what you see is what you get.

Hanner McSinny/Calvin
5 years ago

I think it’s a load of so-bad-it’s good fun. One of my favorites.

Mario esc fan
Mario esc fan
5 years ago

Now we are still waiting for these remaining 8 countries to reveal their songs 4 Sofia’s Junior Vision 🙂 { we know the acts from the 5 countries & the songs’ titles from 4 countries of them & we don’t know both the songs’ titles or the acts from 2 countries} ~ The host country Bulgaria with Gabriela 🙂 ~ Ireland {That i guess that will be the last country that will reveal its entry on 8th November 🙂 } ~ Malta with Destiny 🙂 ~ Armenia with Michael 🙂 We know the name of his song that its *Love*… Read more »

Mario esc fan
Mario esc fan
5 years ago

The music of the song is really nice 🙂 But im not impressed by the singing part though to be honest…Anyway.. Today it was record day for us as 3 whole countries revealed their entries to us! 🙂 Now we know more than the half entries of the Junior Vision! 🙂 Here is my new top9 rank 🙂 {adding now the entry from FYR} 1) My Winner *BELARUS* ~ Gold Champion of the Junior Vision ~ 8 points ————————————— 2) Slovenia ~ Silver 1st Runner Up ~ 7 points 3) Australia ~ Bronze 2nd Runner Up ~ 6 points 4)… Read more »

Mei International
Mei International
5 years ago

Unnecessary shade to Australia. if you are trying to be acerbic and witty simultaneously it is not working. This like Montenegro of last year. Bad vocals and melody.

jake
jake
5 years ago

Why throw shade at Australia? Uncalled for.

Daniel
Daniel
5 years ago

I kinda like it.