Mina Blažev will represent FYR Macedonia at this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Fourteen year old singer Mina Blažev has been chosen to represent FYR Macedonia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Earlier in the month auditions took place in FYR Macedonia, in which Mina was chosen to represent her country. Mina Blažev is from capital city Skopje, and throughout her singing career has taken part in shows such as Pinkove Zvezde. Her song will be revealed in the upcoming weeks.
FYR Macedonia recently returned to the competition in 2015 after a year break. Last year, the country was represented by Marija Stanojković, who finished in 12th place with her song “Love Will Lead Our Way”.
Sixteen countries will take part in the 15th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest this year, including returning country Portugal, who haven’t participated since 2007. The contest will take place in the Olympic Palace in Tbilisi, Georgia on Sunday 26th November 2017 at 16:00 – 18:00 CET. This is the first time Georgia has hosted any Eurovision event. The sixteen countries taking part are:
- FYR Macedonia
- The Netherlands
It’s worth noting that more countries could be added to this list, as it was reported that these are the confirmed countries to date.
There has been a change in the voting rules again this year. The audience will be able to vote online, which opens on Friday 24th November, and will close on Sunday 26th November. Viewers will have to watch the recap of all the songs before they place their vote on the JESC website. The first round of voting will close at 15:59 CET on Sunday 26th November. Then, during the live show, the online voting will open again once the last performance has taken place, and will be open for 15 minutes. The final audience result will be a combination of both the pre-show and live voting results. This will then make up 50% of the final vote, with the jury voting being the other 50%.
Other 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.
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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.