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Macedonia: Jana Burčeska – Dance Alone

  Macedonia has just presented their song, Dance Alone, which will be performed by Jana Burčeska in the first half of semi-final 2. It features some sophisticated French house synths during the verse, which is the strongest part. However, the chorus feels quite washed out and seems to lose focus. By the time the middle-eight comes along, it feels like the song should be ending, yet it cranks up again for the close. This isn't a good sign for Macedonia's qualification chances in Kyiv, despite a marked improvement in the quality of their entry. Dance Alone feels like a long…
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Dance Alone feels like a long 3-minutes, so hopefully their staging package lessons the urge to check one's watch.

User Rating: 3.76 ( 34 votes)

 
Macedonia has just presented their song, Dance Alone, which will be performed by Jana Burčeska in the first half of semi-final 2.

It features some sophisticated French house synths during the verse, which is the strongest part. However, the chorus feels quite washed out and seems to lose focus. By the time the middle-eight comes along, it feels like the song should be ending, yet it cranks up again for the close. This isn’t a good sign for Macedonia’s qualification chances in Kyiv, despite a marked improvement in the quality of their entry. Dance Alone feels like a long 3-minutes, so hopefully their staging package lessens the urge to check one’s watch.

There are a growing number of upbeat entries emerging for semi-final 2, and with an upbeat entry from vote-magnet Serbia expected soon, I suspect Macedonia will come off worse in that tussle.

Are Macedonia able to sneak into the final?

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12 comments

  1. I think that this will qualify and do quite well it’s much better than Kaliopi last year.

  2. My God, these Eurovision entries are coming at us thick and fast! Having to turn round the reviews so quickly you need to be careful that you don’t let a little Eurovision gem slip through the net.

    I’m not saying that you have, Gav, but I will say that when I played Dance Alone once I was very keen to put it on again, which is more than I can say for many of this year’s songs, Ireland and Montenegro being only the latest examples.

    It is not at all bad, but I think we probably share a similar view of its failings. What you say is a long three minutes I would say is a song lacking proper development and climax, whether by way of a fuller production at the last chorus, a key change, or by a bigger and more freestyling vocal (which I imagine we don’t get because Jana probably isn’t capable of it).

    Unless this is well staged (which the song gives me no particular grounds for thinking it will be) Dance Alone could well end up being left behind in the semis while more dated or less worthy entries progress.

  3. I’ve just realised why it sounds like a long three minutes. The song is currently 3.18! They’re going to have to cut something for Eurovision. I suspect the coda will go.

  4. It’s actually quite good, like all Macedonia entries this will need ALOT of thing’s to fall in there favour to qualify but it definitely has a chance but at the minute I would back NQ at the minute.

  5. I think this can make the final based on the song and if entered by a country with more voting power and a better track record of staging would hit the left hand side of the scoreboard with ease. Fyr Macedonia is not that country though so my hopes are lower. My main concern at this stage is as you say how close Serbia might be to this. Will probably be borderline 8- 13th.

  6. Macedonia have a really good entry on their hands here. Only heard the full 3 minutes now and I love it. Does anyone know if Jana can sing live?

    • Its a question iv been asking myself as i think this is a great song with big potential.Her idol performances were pretty average and she was pitching all over, though the production values on that show are very low.This studio version has a lot of reverb and tuning over her vocals.They can add these affects somewhat at ESC as long as she can stay on key however.

      To see all her Idol performances etc on Youtube her name is Јана Бурческа in Macedonian.

    • She reminds me of Tijana Dapcevic from a few years back, only Jana doesn’t sound like a heavy smoker. The key going forward will be the vocals as you say, but it’ll also come down to how resourceful the broadcaster/delegation is. We’ve seen in the past, particularly with Daniel that they don’t mind splashing out on a big stage production. Problem is they funnel the money in the wrong way and probably cost themselves qualification in 14′ and 15′ because of it.

  7. The main problem for FYRoM and Serbia is that their western sounding songs don’t appeal to their regional base, whereas Bulgaria does. FYRoM sounds like electro French pop and Serbia’s song could have competed in Melodifestivalen.

    • The main problem Gav might be she is another who cant sing.Playback in London and the parts you could hear her voice sounded very poor.They will use three of four backing singers of course and she wont be singing much of it.Great song,great team,lovely girl,pants vocals.

    • Songfestivalwerk!

      Another one! Another agreement ;-). You verbalize exactly what I think of Serbia and F.Y.R.O.Macedonia Gavin.

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