MRT the Macedonian national broadcaster has revealed that over 100 songs have been submitted to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.
Over 100 songs have been submitted for Jana Burčeska to perform at the 62nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine. At the start of December MRT the Macedonian national broadcaster made an open call to artists and music producers from Macedonia and abroad for the submission of original, unpublished, contemporary songs for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Those interested had until December 25 to submit their songs to the Head of Delegation for Macedonia, Meri Popova.
Jana Burčeska rose to prominence in Macedonia having finished 5th in the first series of Macedonian Idol. In 2011 Jana took on the role of ambassador in the campaign of UNICEF joint national campaign project – “Together for Schools without Violence”. In 2012 She debuted on stage in Skopje Fest with the song “Bi bila tvoja”. She went on to compete in Skopje Fest again in 2013 alongside Miki Sekulovsk, she returned again in 2015.
Jana has stated in previous interviews that her passion for singing began at the age of four with her mother. It was at this point that her vocal talent was recognised by her music teacher who decided that she should go for singing lessons. During her time on the Idol Jana said that she grew as a performer, she had gone into the competition of no expectations of reaching the top five.
MRT has previously stated that they were looking for a song which is modern and incorporates the national culture of Macedonia to be showcased on the European stage. Further details about the Macedonian entry for Kyiv will be revealed in the coming months.
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Macedonia has had a string of poor results in recent years failing to reach the final every year since 2012. The country debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1998, however two years earlier they attempted to participate but was knocked out in the pre-qualifying round. In 2016 they were represented by Kaliopi for a second time with the song “Dona”, she missed out on the final finishing in 11th in her semi-final. Macedonia’s best result to date is a 12th place finish in the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest represented by Elena Risteska and the song “Ninanajna”.