The dust has only just settled on Junior Eurovision, but full attention has turned to Eurovision 2017. Macedonian broadcaster MRT has just announced that Jana Burceska will fly the flag for the country in Kyiv next May. The decision has come internally from the broadcaster, with a song still to be announced.
About Jana Burceska
Jana came to fame in Macedonia in 2010, when she appeared on the first season of Macedonian Idol. There, she placed 5th, ending up as the highest placing female singer.
Interestingly, one of the judges on that first season was none other than Macedonian legend Kaliopi!
Jana has gone on to participate multiple times at Skopje Fest. The years she has participated in the contest, however, were when it was not the selection process for Eurovision. Jana’s back catalogue includes a number of different styles of song too, from big band to rock to folk. We could be kept guessing about just what kind of performance we’ll be seeing from Macedonia this year!
MRT’s statement said that we’d be seeing a “modern and attractive” end product, though. We certainly can see the attractive part of that will come true with Jana at the front, y’all. There’s no word yet from MRT as to when the song will be released, so keep your eyes peeled for a further announcement.
FYR Macedonia at Eurovision
Of course, Jana has quite a task ahead of her if we look at Macedonia’s recent history. They’ve now failed to make the final since 2012, with Kaliopi’s “Crno i Belo”. In fact, that’s the only qualification they’ve had in the last nine years. Even the mighty Kaliopi herself couldn’t bring them to the final in 2016, as she finished just outside qualification in 11th, with “Dona”.
What do you think of MRT’s selection of Jana? Do you think she has what it takes to bring her country back in to the final? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.
(Photo: Courtesy MRT)