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Macedonia: Junior Eurovision 2017 Participation Confirmed

MKRTV has informed that they will be participating in the 15th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Tbilisi, Georgia.

MKRTV the national broadcaster of Macedonia has confirmed this afternoon that they will be participating in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017. This year will be the thirteenth appearance of Macedonia at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, having only missed two contests since debuting at the first contest in 2003.

The broadcaster has not confirmed how they will select their participant for this years contest in Georgia. Since the 2013 contest the national broadcaster has internally selected both their singer and song for the contest. Previously Macedonia had used Junior EuroSong to select their participants in the competition.

To date the following countries have confirmed their participation in Junior Eurovision 2017:

  • Albania
  • Belarus
  • Georgia
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Macedonia
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Russia
  • Serbia

In 2016 Macedonia was represented by Martija Stanojkovic and the song “Love Will Lead Our Way”. At the contest she became the first singer to perform in English at the contest for Macedonia, she finished 12th with a total of 41 points. Macedonia scored 17 points from the Adult Jury placing 14th, but came 12th with the Kids Jury receiving 24 points. Macedonia’s highest points came in the form of 8 points from the Dutch Kids Jury.

The 15th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest later this year in Tbilisi, Georgia. The contest is to be held at the Tbilisi Sports Palace on November 26. It is the first time that the three-time winners of the contest have hosted Junior Eurovision.

Changes have been made to the rules of this years contest. The amount of a song that can be performed in English has been increased to 40% of the lyrics. While the number of voices on the backing track has been increased from five to six singers.

Source: MKRTV

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Macedonia was one of sixteen countries to take part in the first edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2003. On their debut they were represented by Marija & Viktorija with the song “Ti ne me poznavaš” finishing 12th with 19 points. Macedonia’s best result to date came in 2007 when Rosica Kulakova & Dimitar Stojmenovski finished 5th with the song “Ding Ding Dong”. They scored a total of 111 points including 12 points from Bulgaria and Serbia.

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