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FYR Macedonia’s MKRTV handpicked her to sing for the country at Junior Eurovision 2016 way back in July.

And on Monday singer Martija Stanojkovic proved she’d put the months of August and September to very good use as she finally revealed her JESC song “Love Will Lead Our Way”.

In the three-minute music video the 12-year-old vocalist makes it clear that she believes in the power of love to raise one’s spirits and keep the storms at bay.

The video sees the Kumanovo-born talent voguing in darkness before the beat picks up and the colour explodes.

As she dances and grooves with her pals, she works a variety of looks, including a red-and-black flannel shirt, an Adidas originals tank top, denim cutoffs and a fierce green bomber jacket with on-trend aviator sunglasses.

Perhaps hinting at what we’ll see in Malta, she and her possee perform some decidedly urban choroegraphy, giving this a touch of street.

The Balkan nation hasn’t had the best of luck in recent years, finishing last in its last two appearances.

On both occasions — with Barbara Popovic in 2013 and Ivana & Magdalena in 2015 — the country fielded upbeat dance numbers.

Perhaps this more mid-tempo offering, which mixes up the country’s genre at JESC, will steer them up the scoreboard?

What do you think of this piece of ethnic pop? Where do you think it’ll finish? You can let us know in the comments box below.

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Sanjaeurovision
Sanjaeurovision
5 years ago

Music: dreamy and ethereal, delicately pleasant to the ear, but not a ballad, which makes the song different and unique
Artist: excellent vocals, exceptional charisma and catchy performance
Macedonia: winner of 2016 JESC.

Rob
Rob
5 years ago

Best song , winner 2016 well done Macedonia, Skopje 2017

Sarah
Sarah
5 years ago

This is the winner song! 🙂 Very different, modern, catchy.

KennyESC
KennyESC
5 years ago

We are heading to #skopje2017 next year. This is so modern and cool and can do well with both juries. She’s 4° on my top, only behind Ukraine, Australia and Russia(yeah lol, like the top 3 of Stockholm 2016.). I hope she does well!

(J)ESC Fanatic
(J)ESC Fanatic
5 years ago

Very catchy, danceable and modern. I hope they won’t finish last again. 🙂
I don’t think the juries will be impressed though…

SpirK
SpirK
5 years ago

A pleasant enough song to listen to, nothing to wow me though. In my opinion there are many songs this year which are above mediocre but don’t make you say wow. The only one I have found yet is Albania. My top 10:
1. Albania 9.5/10
2. Bulgaria 7.5/10
3. Cyprus 7/10
4. Russia 7/10
5. Serbia 7/10
6. Australia 6/10
7. Belarus 5/10
8. The Netherlands 5/10
9. Ukraine 5/10
10. FYROM 5/10

Han
Han
5 years ago

Not a masterpiece, but this is even better than Kaliopi’s Dona. Well done Macedonia! I hope this ranks high 🙂

DenizNL
DenizNL
5 years ago

This went straight to my first place.

Eva M.
Eva M.
5 years ago

I like the song, it is catchy and modern. Good song, Macedonia! It is going to be very tricky this year. I would like to think that this will score well, but with so many great songs and singers, it will be very competitive. We can’t have everybody top 10. Unfortunately, smaller countries like Macedonia are at a disadvantage, even more so with all judge voting (the kids will obviously vote what they were told by the adults). Additionally, I do not see this standing out sufficiently and wow-ing in the live performance. I also have to admit that my… Read more »

Tha
Tha
5 years ago

Wow this is great! Much better than the past entries od FYROM, both in JESC and ESC!
Catchy in a good way, modern and she is a great singer.
Good luck, Martija!

Nikos
Nikos
5 years ago

Wow, congrats neighbors! My third favorite at the moment, but I can definitely see this fighting for the win.

rhin
rhin
5 years ago

How is she 12 yo? Oo

FranciscoTe
FranciscoTe
5 years ago

WOW! Well done, Macedonia! I love it

Jocelyn
5 years ago

I might be a party pooper, but I think it’s a bit too mature for Junior Eurovision :/

MTD
MTD
5 years ago

Did Macedonia entered 2016? Hahah… Good one.
Lets make them enter 2017 with a 2017 year song, up to date one, on ESC. LOL

olvresc
olvresc
5 years ago

This is surprisingly good! Well done Macedonia. It’s very 2016, modern and radiofriendly. I really like it!

Leo Valdez
Leo Valdez
5 years ago

I fear that this might not get votes from juries because it’s not a ballad

Laburnum
Laburnum
5 years ago

Best song yet

Martin C
Martin C
5 years ago

Such a great entry by Macedonia this year! You instantly remember the melody and the song is just so catchy ???? This is definitely a top 5 entry for sure, bravo Macedonia!

Roelof Meesters
Roelof Meesters
5 years ago

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This song is far better than their song in 2013. This song will defenitly score top 10 (although this year is gonna SLAY)