More details are emerging surrounding F.Y.R.O.M.'s participant at this year's Junior Eurovision Song Contest, and it seems that the selected performer may be facing a problem with the rules.
Zana Aliu was chosen to represent F.Y.R. Macedonia in Bucharest. Her song Vljubena (In love) was chosen in the national final that was held over the weekend. Ten singers participated in the selection, and the winner was chosen by televoting and an 'expert' jury. Zana Aliu received 21 votes from the jury in total, which in fact achieved only second place, but 25 votes from the televoting ensured a first place overall. The song is said to have a modern R'n'B rhythm with ethnic overtones.
However, Zana Aliu might have violated the EBU rules. According to oikotimes.com, the singer is said to have already released two CDs and given concerts in F.Y.R. Macedonia and Kosovo. The rules of the competition clearly state that the participants must not have worked professionally as a performer. There has been no statement by Macedonian broadcaster MKRTV yet.
Last year, F.Y.R. Macedonia finished 7th out of 18 with Rodendenski Baknez, sung by Denis.