Congrats! Jana Burčeska gives birth to Eurovision baby girl
FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA – Jana Burčeska, who represented Macedonia in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, has given birth to the baby whose existence was announced during the competition in Kiev.
The theme of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest was “Celebrate Diversity.” Even though Burčeska didn’t make it to the finals, the FYR Macedonia’s representative caused a sensation — twice. The first was her introductory video, in which she revealed that she was pregnant with shots showing her receiving an ultrasound and shopping for baby clothes.
The move by then-unmarried Burčeska incited controversy in her home country. FYR Macedonia’s society has backside from a fairly liberal to quite patriarchal place in the last decades, due to the influence of right-wing populism.
The second surprise came in the Eurovision Green Room, when performers are offered a chance to comment while waiting for the results of their performance. Burčeska’s boyfriend used the occasion to propose marriage to her on camera:
Although Burčeska didn’t receive enough votes to move on to the finals, she seemingly garnered more attention by international media than any other previous FYR Macedonia’s contestant. At home, some accused the pregnancy reveal and public marriage proposal of being a publicity stunt.
Unlike many of the FYR Macedonia’s representatives in the past, her song “Dance Alone” received positive reviews from most domestic music critics, who praised its composition, her performance and the music video. It now plays on regular rotation in local radio stations.
Following the song contest, Burčeska married in August, and took part in a UNICEF campaign, “Childhood Without Obstacles,” in September.
Her baby girl, named Dona, was born on October 11. The news spread via social media after Burčeska’s father announced on his Facebook profile that he had become a grandfather.