Jana Burceska will represent FYR Macedonia at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Dance Alone. As in 2016, Macedonian broadcaster MKRTV opted for an internal selection. Jana has previously participated in Skopje Fest, one of the biggest musical events in the country, and a show which has previously been used as a national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. Earlier this evening she debuted her song for Kyiv on Macedonian television.
Dance Alone was written and produced by Joacim Perrson, Alex Omar, Florence A. and Bobi-Leon Milanov. who belong to the group Symphonix International, a well-known trademark brand, consisting of composers, songwriters and music producers.
"We have received more than 200 songs among which great number of impressive music works. Yet, Dance Alone stuck in our mind from the very beginning, since we started the open call in November 2016. We felt it was the right song for Jana, expressing her emotions and temperament in the right way" - Meri Popova, Head of Delegation for FYR Macedonia.
After Jana was selected to represent FYR Macedonia she said:
"I would like to infinitely thank the National Broadcaster for investing their trust and choosing me to represent our country in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest. I am grateful and really appreciate the opportunity I’ve been given, but am also aware of the responsibilities I must bear. My heart skipped a beat when I was told the good news and I have kept on smiling ever since".
The video story for Dance Alone was developed and directed by Sergey Zhelezko, a young and talented Russian director currently working for 'Nu Boyana Film Studios in Sofia. "It is very easy to work when the music is great and inspires you. Jana is amazing artist and we tried to make this video as animated as possible, so each time you see it, you will get the impression of watching a short movie", said Sergey.
During the song premiere earlier this evening the Macedonian team announced that they will work with choreographer Ambra Succi who will be the artistic director of Jana's stage performance in Kyiv. Ambra has been featured in numerous television shows including the Eurovision Song Contest as a choreographer for Poli Genova (Bulgaria 2016) and the winning song in 2012, Euphoria performed by Loreen.
Jana took part in the first season of Macedonian Idol in 2011 where she placed fifth, the highest position achieved by a female singer that year. One of the judges of the show was none other but Macedonian legend Kaliopi, who represented her country in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. Later in 2011 she took on the role of UNICEF ambassador where she campaigned against violence in schools.
Jana debuted in Skopje Fest back in 2012 with the song Bi bila tvoja and immediately caught the attention of the public with her refined and sensitive stage performance and vocals. She has collaborated with various established artists in her home country including her Idol colleague Miki Sekulovski and the popular band Mizar.
"My mind, body and soul are devoted to this project, especially because it is something I have dreamed of since I was a child. Hours and hours building castles in the sky will soon come true through this adventurous challenge ahead of me", added Jana.