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Day 3: Jana Burčeska completes first rehearsal for F.Y.R. Macedonia – REVIEW

escXtra are live from Kyiv for day three of rehearsals ahead of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest! The countries rehearsing today, in chronological order, are Serbia, Austria, F.Y.R. Macedonia, Malta, Romania, The Netherlands, Hungary, Denmark and Ireland. Furthermore, read our handy guide for a more detailed look at this contest’s rehearsal schedule.

In addition, for our immediate reactions to every single rehearsal, you can follow our live stream from the press centre at the International Exhibition Center by visiting our YouTube channel.

The latest artist to rehearse is Jana Burčeska from F.Y.R. Macedonia. We have just watched her first run through of Dance Alone live on screen and here is our initial reaction.

Summary in a sentence

An okay first rehearsal from Jana although the camerawork and choreography could do with tightening up in future run throughs.


Jana danced alone on stage and the LED backdrop has a red theme. In addition, there are also videos within the backdrop that sometimes show images from the music video.


Her vocals are okay, and show an improvement on the live performance we saw at the likes of Israel Calling. Although, the backing vocals could probably benefit from being mixed differently with the lead vocal.


Jana was wearing a black jacket with black, lacy shorts.

Watch the rehearsal!

As the first rehearsals are closed to the press, only the official Eurovision website has access to film the performances. Therefore, as soon as these videos get uploaded we will edit in the video here!

Stay tuned for our reaction to Claudia Faniello as she rehearses Breathlessly next for Malta. Meanwhile, remember to tune in to our live stream from the press centre for instant reactions to each rehearsal.

Ryan Cobb

My first memory of watching the Eurovision Song Contest was back in 2001 and, over the years, my passion and enthusiasm for the contest has very much turned into an obsession. I adore music and I love geography, so this contest is a natural fit for me. If la la loving Eurovision was a crime, I'd certainly be a criminal!

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