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RTS extends song submission deadline for Beovizija 2018

Serbia’s National Broadcaster (RTS) gives applicants a deadline extension for Beovizija 2018. Which means that potential candidates can submit their entries until the 10th of November.

More information regarding the deadline extension of the submission process hasn’t been disclosed by RTS yet, but is expected rather sooner than later.

Beovizija 2018 –  The Rules

Potential applicants must stick to these rules when applying for the upcoming edition of the festival:

  • Foreign composers can also apply for the competition
  • The performer must be a citizen of the Republic of Serbia
  • The lyrics of the song must be in one of the official languages of the Republic of Serbia (Serbian, Hungarian, Slovak, Croatian, Rusyn or Albanian)
  • The authors should submit the final version of their composition, playback, and a master version lasting no longer than three minutes with a notary record. They should also submit a biography of the performer, and three copies of the lyrics. RTS may suggest to the authors of certain changes and additions to the composition and eventual change of the performer

Serbia at Eurovision through Beovizija

Despite being immensely popular in Serbia and in the Balkan region, Beovizija was only used to determine Serbia’s Eurovision representative three times. The most memorable moment for Serbia in the contest has to be Marija’s 2007 winning entry “Moltiva”.

Gaining momentum after Serbia’s Eurovision win, Beovizija was on the radar in the Eurovision fandom. The sixth winner of the festival was the beautiful Jelena Tomasevic and her ethnic ballad Oro.

Unfortunately, the last edition of Beovizija resulted with a non qualification at Eurovision. Marko Kon did not manage to take Serbia to the finals with his campy Cipela.

*Other winners of the festival: Tose Proeski (2003), Negative (2004), Jelena Tomasevic (2005) and Flamingosi (2006).*

Can the return of Beovizija increase Serbia’s chances of winning the competition yet again? Who would you like to see in the line-up for the competition? What is your favorite Beovizija winner so far? Would you like to see a returning artist represent Serbia at Eurovision again?

Tell us what you think in the comments section below and on all social media platforms at @ESCXTRA.

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