Earlier this afternoon the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — travelled to Skopje to visit the historic Stone Bridge and fill our bellies with Tavce-Gravce. After that we relaxed by listening to Ivana and Magdalena’s Junior Eurovision 2015 song ‘Pletenka’ (Braid). Did this song make us want to braid our hair with our girlfriends? Or did we want to pull a Britney and shave our heads? Read on to find out…
FYR MACEDONIA’S JUNIOR EUROVISION 2015 ENTRY
‘PLETENKA’ REVIEWS – FYR MACEDONIA AT JESC 2015
Angus: Sweet, catchy and energetic, “Pletenka” has everything a JESC song should. What it lacks in artistic depth, it more than makes up for with sweet vocal delivery and catchy lyrics. Ivana and Magdalena are a magnetic pair, so given some choreography on stage this will be a smash in Bulgaria.
Deban: Good effort, but after a minute, I’ve peaked on the sugar-rush effect. It’s very girly in delivery, and borders on sounding like a folk tune for cartoon heroes. However, “Pletenka” deserves credit for being danceable and catchy. Well done!
Jason: “Pletenka” is sweet, fun and bouncy, with a nice catchy chorus. Ivana and Magdalena are good singers, but more importantly, they have buckets of energy. It’s not hard to see them throwing a huge party on stage in Sofia. I can’t wait!
Renske: The song starts off unsure and very 80s, but when the chorus comes Ivana & Magdalena really throw a party. I love the child-friendly nature of this. Although the choice of two inexperienced girls could be a risk, it could also be an adventure! I’m ready for the ride.
Robyn: I like what’s happening with this song. The verses have a Balkan style to the melody, before the chorus comes along with a fun 1980s pop flavour. Ivana and Magdalena are a great duo and will surely bring some sass to the Sofia stage.
William: Ivana and Magdalena serve child-friendly pop with a Turbo-folk edge. It’s wholesome, inviting and easy-to-remember — and best of all we can now say “braid” in Macedonian! It’s enough to make you want get your hair done. In a field of aspiring pop stars, this may benefit from its simplicity and honesty. These girls just wanna have fun — and so do the televoters.
Zakaria: Catchy, happy and pop-tastic, this song will definitely get the young kids dancing. However, the girls need to work on their harmonies and loosen up a little bit in Sofia, as they seemed a little tense in the video.
Our jury consists of 21 bloggers, but we only have room for 7 written reviews. Here are the remaining 14 scores.
William C: 5.5/10
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 5 and a high of 9.
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7 / 10
As with Armenia, it’s not my kind of music but it’s a fun song.
I like this, it wont do well in Sofia :(. They are so fun to watch and listen to. After he disaster in vocals of 2013 they need to bring great vocals. I think they can.
I adore the chorus.
I don’t think Magdalena is inexperienced singer. She represent Macedonia Slavyanskiy Bazar, she participate in Ezerski biseri in Struga (Macedonia) and several international festivals and festivals in Macedonia.
I never heard anything of Ivana but i hope she will be good like Magdalena is and together they will get the highest result for Macedonia. Good luck girls and all the best. ^^
This is actually quite good the more I listen to it and its 9th in my personal ranking. That being said, this is a real contender for last place in the actual contest. 🙁