Mina Blazev and her sister Kjara have been revealed as being on the FYR Macedonia jury for Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
MRT has revealed to Eurovoix the names of the five jurors that voted on the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018. Each of the twenty competing countries was represented by a five person jury formed of three adults in the music profession and two children.
The members of the jury for FYR Macedonia were:
- Natasha Milat Krstevska – Singer
- Ana Kostaninovska – Professor of singing
- Ivo Matevski – Musician
- Mina Blazev – Represented FYR Macedonia at Junior Eurovision 2017
- Kjara Blazev – Mina’s sister and the nations spokesperson at Junior Eurovision 2017
The jury of FYR Macedonia gave their 12 points to Italy, 10 points went to Ukraine and 8 points were awarded to Kazakhstan. The jury of FYR Macedonia were the only nation to give points to Serbia.
FYR Macedonia was represented by Marija Spasovska and her song “Doma”. They finished 12th in the final with a total of 99 points. The nation was 9th with the juries on 64 points, but finished 16th in the online vote with 35 points.
Who is Marija Spasovska?
Thirteen-year-old Marija Spasovska was born on 5th of October 2005 in Skopje, Macedonia. Marija has been singing and performing since she was 4-years-old, and is no stranger to national and international competitions. The young star has multiple awards and diplomas from music festivals, but her most notable performance to date was at the 2017 edition of Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk, Belarus.
In August, Marija and 9 other candidates attended an audition held at the MRT studios, performing for a chance to represent their county. The jury in charge of selecting the entrant said that Marija had “the best performance and possesses extraordinary singing abilities”.
Israel has previously taken part in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest on three occasions. On their debut in 2012, Kids.il came eighth with “Let the Music Win”. Israel then withdrew from the 2013 contest and did not return until 2016. On their return, the country was represented by Shir & Tim with “Follow My Heart”. The duo finished in fifteenth place.