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.