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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-Z4NjkDfF4

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)

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MD Jan
MD Jan
3 years ago

Hi Maceddonia I can gift one really story
Lyrics for Jana Burceska
Now if you want I send voice and lyrics
Title : ( shouts of humans and birds )
For eurovision final day

Sanja
Sanja
3 years ago

+Tom
She IS still twelve! 🙂

Tom
Tom
3 years ago

Martija was 12?!?!? I thought she was 16-17!!!!

Sanja
Sanja
3 years ago

“Congrats.” Macedonian Radio Television (MRT)! Out of 2 million people in Macedonia, in which even the small children know who the Macedonian popular singers are, they succeeded in selecting a girl singer, totally unknown to the Macedonian public. While in some other cases the anonymity of the singer does not necessarily mean that he/she is a bad pick, I am afraid that the MRT’s pick is rather unfortunate in this particular case. The problem is not the singer, whom I unfortunately don’t even know and would be distasteful to criticize, but the target of my criticism is MRT and the… Read more »

esconly
esconly
3 years ago

It could be better

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
3 years ago

@Robyn – I actually did not know that!
Please don’t get me wrong. I really liked Autumn Leaves as well. Just, not as much as Lisja Esenski. I thought they had something special there.

(J)ESC Fanatic
(J)ESC Fanatic
3 years ago

Great! I hope they will do a great job and qualify this time! 🙂

The problem is usually not their entries but the way they decide to stage them. For example, their 2010, 2014 and 2015 entries had potential but their staging was a mess…

Alex
Alex
3 years ago

I’ve been a big fan of FYROM in recent years, with sadly this year being an exception. Kaliopi’s song was just a bit too retro this year, and not even a superb performance could get it to the final.

Retro or modern, English or otherwise, it doesn’t matter; just send a great song. FYROM is generally a borderline qualifier because they send borderline quality songs.

khm
khm
3 years ago

@Coolchill
If my math is correct (it was 2011 when she sang “Dodirni mi kolena” in MI and Kaliopi mentioned 17 years… Maybe she’s born in 1993 or 1994?

Coolchill
Coolchill
3 years ago

How old is she?

olvresc
olvresc
3 years ago

It is a big promise to create a modern song after Dona…

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
3 years ago

Briekimchi: Did you know that “Autumn Leaves” was the original version? “Lisja Esenski” was only created so it could qualify for entry in Skopje Fest. The English version was always considered the “original”, intended for Eurovision.

I feel sad when I think about “Autumn Leaves”. It had so much potential, but they really messed up the staging. I think Team Macedonia was starstruck by the Blackstreet guys and didn’t think whether they were actually improving the song.

Davve
Davve
3 years ago

Considering how bad Macedonian entries has been overall some help from Sweden wouldnot be a bad thing.

cheesecake
cheesecake
3 years ago

Interesting, I hope they make the final this year.

Pane
Pane
3 years ago

What is sure is it’s gonna be a song in English, no bilingual parts or anything. Rumor has it, MRTV has opted for the Azeri receipt this year and so far it comes out true with the choice of a young and inexperienced artist. There is a slight chance the song shopping not to be done in Sweden, but in the USA instead.

chessguy99
3 years ago

Modern and attractive. Why does this make me think there will be a Swedish surname in the songwriting credit?.

Racal
Racal
3 years ago

So she placed 5th in a TV show that aired 6 years ago… Doesn’t sound like a hidden gem to me. We’ll see about the song.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
3 years ago

Daniel had the best Macedonian song for years with Lisja Esenski. Hopefully, they will avoid English and try harder to retain some cultural elements in their song instead of chasing generic pop/rnb.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
3 years ago

I was rooting for Simona Poposka, but this looks like a great pick. I hope Macedonia won’t be underrated for once!

Kris
Kris
3 years ago

I liked Autumn leaves……if only the live performance were better it could have qualified!!

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
3 years ago

At this stage, I’d recommend they stay away from sending a generic pop song because that’s where they’ve faltered in the past. FYR Macedonia can never compete with the likes of Sweden and Russia, so why bother? They should just aim at qualifying this time, go for the Balkan vote and embrace their regional culture. If it’s done well, it will pick up votes from other countries (e.g. 2012).

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
3 years ago

MTD: Thank you for elaborating 🙂

Boyan08
Boyan08
3 years ago

I am Macedonian,and I have no idea who is she!Someone asked,did he Macedonian and Serbian acts were blocked,no they were shown.

Erin
Erin
3 years ago

Macedonia choosing its artist at such an early stage is a positive sign because it gives more than enough time to mobilize the best songwriters and composers to offer a wide variety of songs to be narrowed down until the most suitable one is either selected internally or by the public at large. Here is one of Jana’s appearances on Macedonian Idol from early 2011 which certainly showcases her vocal agility. 6 years on she must have developed a unique style of her own. https://vimeo.com/21646357 (incomplete) It’s time Macedonia ends its spate of bad luck, but it’s probably a more… Read more »

MTD
MTD
3 years ago

@Robyn Gallagher – the Government acted on its own accords, not even respecting its own laws and proclaimed a rule about Macedonian music being played on the basis of non-existing lines in the laws for the matter.

That country is a f***** up place.

MTD
MTD
3 years ago

Well, this was unexpected. Should we expect a song written by Kaliopi then?

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
3 years ago

Që: My understanding is that a few weeks ago, the government quickly passed some legislation that made the problem go away.

mocosuburbian
mocosuburbian
3 years ago

oh and yes fyrom in the final would be F A N T A S T I C

mocosuburbian
mocosuburbian
3 years ago

her accent is a little heavy and I don’t know if she can pull off huge diva notes but yesssssss macedonia! kajmakoski, tijana, esma+lozano, and sadly also kaliopi were so not the 2010’s
she seems like she has her head in the right generation (unlike maybe o’g3ne)
i am v pleased although maybe speaking too soon bc who knows what her song will be

Që
3 years ago

Talking of Macedonia, does anyone know whether the Serbian and Macedonian entries were blocked in MRT’s Junior Eurovision broadcast?

Azeri96
Azeri96
3 years ago

Good luck to her and Macedonia! I really wish to see them in the final next year.

Jr esc nl
Jr esc nl
3 years ago

It’s about time for macedonia to qualify again… Hope that Jana will be the right act to do so 🙂

Davve
Davve
3 years ago

Please Macedonia.. A modern song in English!!!