FYR Macedonia and Montenegro are an interesting pair of competitors in the Eurovision Song Contest. Montenegro doesn’t seem to care whether they make the final or not, marching to the beat of their own drum and sending the weirdest, wildest, and wackiest entrants they’ve got. On the flip side of this, FYR Macedonia tries so hard, y’all. They just want to do their best and seem to trip over their own feet, whether it’s pairing two vocalists that don’t really go together on a song, hiring the remains of Blackstreet to act as backup dancers, or sending the same singer that got them to the finals a few years later hoping to recreate the magic. All of it’s been for seemingly naught – their only qualification in almost ten years was in 2012. Will Jana Burčeska be the one to break their streak of bad luck?
Fun video aside (the “San Junipero” feel is nice and modern), this is a pretty decent mid-tempo entry in a year that’s swimming in ballads, which I think is a plus for this one. The lyrics and production are a little generic , but this has a fresh taste on the synth-y clubby sound that a handful of other entries are going for. I don’t have live footage to go on1, but if Jana can deliver this song live in a way that matches 85% of the video, I think she’s got a half-decent chance to pull through for FYR Macedonia and give them the finals appearance they deserved a few years back. It may just come down to what she’s up against in the running order.
- which I always find problematic – this isn’t a contest to see who can make the best music video ↵