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Is she alone – or isn’t she? Macedonia’s 2017 Eurovision Entry.

April 25, 2017

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There’s an astonishing sense of disassociation between the song and the promotional video here.  The song itself has a chirpy disco vibe to it, and is sung by Jana Burčeska in a way that reminds me vaguely of The Cardigans, who were likewise chirpy and sinister in a duck/rabbit sort of a way.

I can’t imagine any aspect of this video being replicated in the live performance in Kiev:

An old woman, alone and friendless sits in a drab room.  She puts on a sort of virtual reality head set of a kind not yet available in 2017 and immediately becomes a much younger version of herself – the version of herself who will presumably be performing in Kiev.  This young woman (2017 Jana) sings about dancing alone but is actually dancing with someone else.  We then see the old woman (2057 Jana?) who is actually dancing alone.  So is the message of the song that one day, decades from now, she’ll be friendless and loveless and so have to dance alone?  I don’t think so, because the lyrics of the song suggest an empowering determination to dance alone as a marker of self-sufficient self-jollification rather than a despairing anticipation of misery and bereavement.  2017 Jana seems perfectly happy with solitary cavorting.

Here’s the chorus…

I will dance alone

Wherever I am

The rhythm follows

I will dance alone

I’m lost in the sound

Of no tomorrow I let it go I,

I I let it go wild

I let it go

I, I I let it go wild

 

The only connection with the melancholy of the video is in this final coda:


I be dancin’ on my own

Wishin’ you could hold me close…

 

There’s a further paradox if you compare this video with the video from nearby Montenegro.  Jana, in this video, sings about dancing on her own but is in fact dancing with someone else.  Slavko, in his video, sings about enjoying extreme physical intimacy, but is plainly incapable of dancing anywhere near anybody else.

One thing though, if I’m still around in 2057 and I’m still alive and vertical, I’m definitely getting one of those enhanced virtual reality headsets.  I’ll be young again, back in the 1980s, dancing badly to “Blue Monday” by New Order and embarrassing nearly all of my equally young/old friends who will also be there.  I may never take it off again.

So, you can vote for Jana who is and is not dancing on her own.

Or you can “Climb Every Mountain” with Nathan from Austria:

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2017/04/20/he-doesnt-actually-run-all-that-much-austrias-2017-eurovision-entry/

Serbia offers a big ballad about rising and falling and falling and rising:

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2017/04/17/forget-phil-collins-tijana-bogicevic-is-in-too-deep-serbias-2017-eurovision-entry/

Meanwhile, here is Sweden:

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2017/04/10/no-theyre-not-a-boy-band-its-just-robin-swedens-2017-eurovision-entry/

Here, meanwhile, is Omar belting it out for Slovenia:

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2017/04/10/omars-on-his-way-with-costume-changes-and-interpretative-dance-slovenias-2017-eurovision-entry/

Portugal offers something just a bit more special:

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2017/04/10/marlene-dietrich-is-alive-well-young-bearded-and-living-in-portugal-salvador-sobrals-2017-eurovision-entry/

Anyhow, Portugal’s offering is infinitely more palatable than Poland’s:

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2017/04/10/am-i-supposed-to-take-you-seryiously-just-because-youre-naked-pompous-nudity-and-polands-2017-eurovision-video/

A man who needs a deal of personal space is this guy from Montenegro:

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2017/04/10/do-not-attempt-to-dance-within-a-five-foot-radius-of-this-man-as-the-knot-at-the-end-of-his-pigtail-will-take-your-eye-out-montenegros-eurovision-entry-2017/

Equally sexualised is the Moldovan entry:

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2017/04/10/chisinau-thats-what-i-call-music-moldovas-2017-eurovision-entry/

Latvia offers a more techno-trance version of minimalism:

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2017/04/09/anyone-else-miss-early-90s-trance-music-meet-latvias-2017-eurovision-entry/

Iceland’s entry isn’t really a Eurovision song either:

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2017/04/08/bring-your-dottir-to-the-slottir-icelands-2017-eurovision-entry/

Georgia’s offering is undoubtedly a bigger if not bolder initiative:

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2017/04/07/big-dress-big-voice-big-chance-greeces-2017-eurovision-entry/

Frankly, I prefer Finland:

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2017/04/06/she-knows-where-the-bodies-are-buried-finlands-2017-eurovision-entry/

I’ll be sorely vexed if Finland doesn’t do better than Cyprus

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2017/04/05/hovig-loves-hovig-and-i-want-to-slap-him-cyprus-2017-eurovision-entry/

Frankly I’d rather the Czech Republic won – though they won’t…

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/my-turn-probably-not-czech-republics-2017-eurovision-entry/

Belgium looks like a better bet:

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/belgiums-2017-eurovision-entry-i-always-get-it-wrong-but-this-could-win-really/

But if it isn’t, maybe it will go to Azerbaijan with this…

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2017/03/31/azerbaijans-2017-eurovision-entry-keeping-you-awake-at-night-with-skeletons/

Armenia’s Entry is nowhere near as scary:

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2017/03/26/she-once-met-whitney-houston-apparently-armenias-2017-eurovision-entry/

In the meantime here are my thoughts on the Australian entry:

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2017/03/22/oldyoung-isaiah-firebrace-australias-2017-eurovision-entry/

And here’s Albania…

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2017/03/15/albanias-2017-eurovision-entry-the-centerpiece-of-a-dystopian-german-expressionist-musical-called-fritzlanglangland/

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