Macedonia in Eurovision Song Contest Odds
For its 18th participation in Eurovision, Macedonia intends to cross the barrier of the semi-finals. Eliminated during this stage in the last four years, it had bet on a song in national language in 2016, played by Kaliopi. For the 62nd edition of the European Song Contest, which will take place on 9, 11 and 13 May in Kiev, Jana Burcevska will have the difficult challenge of warding off bad luck
The Balkan State of Macedonia (FYR) sends a former ”Castingshow” participant into the ESC race: Jana Burčeska was selected as a candidate. In the first and so far only Macedonian edition of "Pop Idol", she made it into the Top-5 in 2010, while the later two-time ESC participant Kaliopi sat in the jury . The following year, Jana became a UNICEF ambassador to violence against schools. In 2012, 2013 and 2015 she took part in the Macedonian music festival ”Skopje Fest”. For the upcoming ESC, the Macedonian transmitter MRT had once again decided against the Skopje festival as a national preliminary decision and nominated its candidate internally. Jana sings in Kiev the title "Dance Alone". Since 2014, she has been singing with the rock band Mizar and has collaborated with several well-known artists in her country.
”Dance alone” was written and produced by Joacim Persson, Alex Omar, Florence A. and Bobi-Leon Milanov and together have produced a number of international hits for artists including Lady Gaga, Kylie Minogue, Miley Cyrus, Alexandra Stan, Kelly Clarkson and Jamiroquai, having also worked with the winner of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest Conchita Wurst.
This song is an up tempo disco song, standing out from the many ballads chosen so far. It is very modern, something that would fit in the UK top 40 or the itunes charts. Jana’s vocal’s are broad, but she does not use a lot of her singing range. The arrangement for this song is relatively flat. Nevertheless, this will really get the audiences up on their feet in Kiev.
The premiere of the song took place in the show "Stisni Plej", which was not broadcast in any of the live streamings of the Macedonian Rundfunk. The music video stars an elderly woman using a virtual reality headset in order to avoid ‘dancing alone’, and transform into her younger self. The sleekly produced electropop song could be compared to the works of contemporary artists such as Lorde or Charli XCX.
Ambra Succi will be in charge of the choreography and artist direction of the Eurovision performance this coming May, who will work alongside Burčeska and the country’s Eurovision team in the lead up to the competition. Succi has worked on 2 previous Eurovision performances, such as Loreen’s Eurovision choreography back in 2012 together with Bulgaria’s Poli Genova and her performance in last year’s contest.
“My mind, body and soul are devoted to this project, especially because it is something I have dreamed of since I was a child. Hours and hours building castles in the sky will soon come true through this adventurous challenge ahead of me”, added Jana.
She will compete in the first half of the second semi-final on Thursday 11 May.
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