It's been a big year for North Macedonia.
A name change for the country and success at Eurovision with Tamara Todevska coming a record-breaking 7th place in the final and Proud winning the Jury Vote. Now, our focus turns to the Junior Contest for 2019.
At JESC, the country formerly known as FYR Macedonia has appeared 15 times since 2003, with their best performance Ding Ding Dong by Rosica Kulakova and Dimitar Stojmenovski in 2007, and Prati Mi SMS by Bobbi Ananov in 2008 reaching 5th place.
Last year Marija Spasovska came 12th with Doma. This year, with a new name and fresh attitude, North Macedonia are sending Mila Moskov with Fire. While most entries from the country have been purely in Macedonian, this year is a mix of Macedonian and English.
Mila is 14 years old and from Prilep, the fourth largest city in North Macedonia. She began performing when she was just 6 years old at her local music school. Mila has performed in numerous international children's music festivals and singing competitions.
She's been quoted saying that she's looking forward to meeting and making friends with all the other competitors in Poland and winning for her would be an added bonus to friendship.
The song was the last to be released this season and it was worth the wait. Fire talks about burning ambition and passion that lives within us all, and how we all have dreams in achieving our goals. The song also has senior Eurovision pedigree behind it, Fire was written by Magedalena Cvetkoska, who also co-wrote Esma and Lozano's Pred Da Se Razdeni in 2013 which came 16th in its semi final, and Lazar Cvetkovski is the composer who also was on the team for Tijana Todevska's (now Dapcevic) To The Sky in 2014 that also didn't get past the semi finals, coming 13th.
Fire starts out soft but builds quickly into a dynamic power ballad. Her strong and mature vocals, which some fans have compared to Sia and Adele, carry the song into an almost war cry of emotion. Along with her strong voice, we have violins and a strong beat of drums with a traditional vibe throughout, plus a gospel-like feel in the chorus. The official clip is based in a library, so it will be interesting to see what staging this is given in Gliwice.
Lyrics of 'Fire':
Kurtis chats with...
Mila Moskov from North Macedonia
со среќа Mila!