Serbia’s National Broadcaster, RTS, has announced via Twitter that they will reveal the competing acts for Beovizija 2018 on Monday.
The famous festival was used as a national selection in order to find Serbia’s representative at the Eurovision Song Contest from 2007 until 2009. The late Balkan superstar, Tose Proeski, who represented his home country FYR Macedonia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2004, was the first winner of Beovizija in 2003 with his mega popular “Cija Si“.
For 2018, RTS are brining Beovizija back. After a few internal selections and other formats, Beovizija should bring them back to the final. On Monday, we’ll hear who’s going to be taking part. The Serbian broadcaster tweeted the following:
— RTS | Serbia ESC (@SerbiaESC) January 19, 2018
Beovizija and Eurovision
Despite being immensely popular in the Balkan region, the format 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 “Molitva”.
Gaining momentum after Serbia’s Eurovision win, Beovizija was on the radar in the Eurovision fandom. The sixth winner of the festival was the immensely popular 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 entry “Cipela“.
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 third overall. Furthermore, Jelena’s “Oro” finished 6th on home ground in 2008. Bojana’s 2015 entry “Beauty Never Lies” also made it to the top ten.
Since their début at Eurovision 2007, Serbia have failed to make the final three times. In Kyiv, Tijana represented the nation and was unsuccessful in bringing the country to the final. Her entry “In Too Deep” crashed out in the semifinal.
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Who are you hoping to see in the line up for Beovizija 2018? Would you like to see a returning artist as Serbia’s representative in Lisbon? What is your favorite Serbian entry at Eurovision?
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