You wait ages for an artist announcement and then two come at once. No sooner had Georgia revealed its Junior Eurovision act this morning, than Macedonia unveiled Mina Blazev as its singer for Tblisi.
Her song will arrive at a later date.
The 14 year old was selected following a series of auditions earlier this month. Born in Skopje, the talented teen is no stranger to TV singing contests. She previously participated in the pan-Balkan Pinkove Zvezde talent competition, as did her Macedonian predecessor Martija Stanojkovic.
Macedonia at Junior Eurovision
Macedonia is one of the most prolific nations in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Debuting at the very first edition in 2003, the country has only missed out twice — 2012 and 2014. Alas, they’ve yet to secure victory or even a podium finish.
Their best results were in 2007 and 2008, when they came fifth. They’ve finished last on three occasions, most recently in 2015 when Ivana Petkovska and Magdalena Aleksovska sang “Pletenka – Braid of Love”. However, the entry did have its fans, including our 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.
Last year, the hotly tipped Martija Stanojkovic performed “Love Will Lead Our Way “. The radio-friendly pop bop quickly established itself as a fan favourite, but could only manage 12th place in the final. For our William it was love regardless:
If Martija could enter adult Eurovision, she’d take Macedonia straight to the final. This mixes Balkan realness with Caribbean cool, creating something at once regional and international. Although the melody is nice, it is a tad repetitive and loses my interest rather quickly. But no matter. Martija can be proud she’s delivered FYROM’s best-ever entry at JESC.
Will Mina be able to deliver Macedonia its best ever Junior Eurovision result? Are you excited for her song? Let us know in the comments below.