Serbia’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest Journey so far

Next November 25th, Minsk Arena will host the sixteenth Junior Eurovision Song Contest. It will be the second time that the event takes place in the venue in Belarus’s capital. With Ukraine’s last minute confirmation, a record-breaking 20 countries will participate. Therefore, it is the perfect time to look back at the journeys of all of this year’s participating countries in the contest. Today, let’s travel to the Balkans and look at the journey of Serbia!

Quick facts

  • Country: Serbia
  • Broadcaster: RTS
  • Debut appearance: 2006
  • Number of participations: 9
  • Highest finish: 3rd (2010)
  • Lowest finish: 16th and last (2016)

Back to the very beginning…

Serbia made their Junior Eurovision debut in Bucharest in 2016. The first to fly the country’s flag at the contest was the group Neustrašivi Učitelji Stranih Jezikawith their entry “Učimo strane jezike”. They ended on a respectable 5th place, with 81 points.

Serbia’s journey so far..

Since debuting in 2006, Serbia participated a total of 9 times, missing out on three contests, between 2011 and 2013. Throughout the years, they performed quite well, only mission out on being in the top 10 on two occasions, in 2008 and 2016, when they came last. Serbia has yet to win Junior Eurovision. So far, their best result is the third place achieved twice, in 2007 by Nevena Božović and in 2010 by Sonja Škorić. After returning from their 3-years break, Serbia’s best result has been Lena Stamenković’s 7th place in 2015. Last year, they finished in 10th place with Irina Brodić & Jana Paunović and their song “Ceo svet je naš”.

Looking ahead to 2018

Last week, Serbia internally selected Bojana Radovanović to be their representative in Minsk. She will be the country’s 10th representative and will sing the song “Svet”. RTS will release the song at a later date.

My favourite Serbian entry!

Because Serbia has yet to win the contest, I had only heard their 2017 entry. Listening back to their entries, I have to say Serbia may potentially be my favourite Junior Eurovision country so far. I quite like all their entries. Sure, I like some more than others but there is no song I dislike! Among all, my favourite actually happens to be Serbia’s worst result at the contest. Yes, my personal winner is Dunja Jeličić “U La La La”.

It’s no secret that my favourite kind of music is fun, upbeat and uplifting. Doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy other types of songs but the more uplifting the better! So, this really is my kind of song and I think Dunja is a really good performer with a whole lot of good energy! I was utterly shocked when I found out it came dead last in 2016.  Yes, 2016 was a very good year, however I don’t think it deserved to be last. I looked through the comments and many were complaining about the hoverboard. Sure, maybe it wasn’t the best idea but I don’t hate it at all. In fact, I quite admire her for not falling when singing in front of millions! I do have to agree with some comments though when they say that the stage felt kind of empty. They could have definitely improved the staging but she still didn’t deserve to come last. Regardless of the result, Dunja is still my winner and I will listen to this song when I need my mood lifted up!

Our countries’ journeys so far: 

  1. FYR Macedonia
  2. Armenia
  3. The Netherlands
  4. Israel
  5. Ukraine
  6. Georgia
  7. Russia
  8. Malta
  9. Italy
  10. Azerbaijan

My favourite was 2016 but what is your favourite Serbian entry at Junior Eurovision? What kind of song are you hoping they will send to Minsk?

Don’t forget to come back next Tuesday for another journey down another country’s Junior Eurovision memory lane! 

Let us know in the comments below or on social media @ESCXTRA.

Riccardo Maddalozzo

Born in Italy, I have lived in 5 countries in 3 continents. I discovered Eurovision by accident in 2010 and became a superfan in 2013. I attended both Eurovision and Junior Eurovision events and covered several national finals on the ground and hope to continue doing so for a long time!

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