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SERBIA: RTS plans to stage a National Final to find Eurovision 2018 representative

Serbia’s national broadcaster (RTS) decides to mix things up and introduce a new concept for their national quest of finding their Eurovision 2018 representative.

RTS will attempt to find the right formula for success by staging a contest in which hopefuls can anonymously submit their bids and possibly get the chance represent Serbia at Eurovision.
In addition to that, the new concept features a language rule which states that all songs must be in Serbian or one of the official languages of Serbia. This new format will also not include a public vote which means that viewers won’t have an impact on the outcome and that the panel of music experts will solely determine the winner.
The entered songs will be reviewed by a panel of musical experts which will have the task of shortening the list of applicants to 10. The song submission process is opened now and all the applicants can submit their entries till the 20th of October.

RTS is always up for mixing things up

Serbia has had plenty of successful shows through which they picked their Eurovision entry. The format of their selections has had some dramatic changes ever since 2010.
Despite having some successes and some failures, this Balkan nation isn’t afraid to experiment with the selection process. From Beovizija to less popular formats such as BeosongOdbrojavanje za Bec and a few internal selections. We can clearly see that Serbia tries to keep things fresh when it comes to Eurovision.

Serbia at Eurovision

Starting off their Eurovision journey with a win in 2007, Serbia really had big shoes to fill.
Their best scoring entries include Zeljko’s 2012 effort with “Nije Ljubav Stvar” and ending up 3rd overall, Jelena’s “Oro” finishing 6th on home ground in 2008 and Bojana’s “Beauty Never Lies” finishing 10th in 2015.
Other occasions Serbia reached the final include Milan’s “Ovo Je Balkan“, Nina’s “Caroban” and Sanja’s entry “Goodbye (Shelter)” all finishing in the top 20.
Serbia’s 3 none qualifications include their 2009 entry “Cipela” performed by Marko Kon, Moje 3’s 2013 effort “Ljubav Je Svuda” and Tijana’s “In Too Deep“.
In any event,
What do you think of Serbia’s new concept? Do you think that the representative should be determined solely by the juries? Should they somehow include the public in making a decision and make it more interactive? What’s your favorite Serbian Entry at Eurovision?
Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

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