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Serbia: RTS announces Beovizija dates

The first semi-final will take place on the 27th of February

Just a few days after the reveal of the 24 acts who will compete for Serbia’s ticket to Tel Aviv, RTS have now announced the date of the national final! Unlike last year, the selection will be divided into two semis and a final, rather than a ‘one-shot’ final.

Earlier this week, Serbian broadcaster RTS announced the 24 acts and songs which will be competing at Beovizija 2019. According to PTC, the first and second semi-finals will take place on the 27th and 28th of February, respectively. The grand final, in which the entry will be decided, will follow on the 3rd of March. As per…well…mathematics, 12 entries will compete in each semi for 12 spots in the final, with six advancing per semi.

The songs were selected from a field of 76 songs that were submitted to the broadcaster. Similarly, RTS have included a caveat that – as per their rules – in the event of any problems or issues, they have the right to choose another act or song! It is expected that, like last year, all 24 entries will be released online prior to the selection, so keep your eye on RTS’ youtube account in the coming weeks!

RTS has previously confirmed that Beovizija will use a mixture of voting in order to select their act for Israel. 50% of the votes will come from music experts and 50% of the vote will come from the public.

Serbia at the Eurovision Song Contest

Serbia debuted as an independent nation at 2007 with “Molitva” by Marija Šerifović which won the competition. In 2008, Serbia had the honor of hosting the competition in Belgrade.

Since their debut, Serbia has participated eleven times. Out of their eleven participations, they have managed to make the final eight times.

In 2018, Serbia was represented by Sanja Ilić and Balkanika with the song “Nova Deca“. In Lisbon, they managed to bring Serbia back to the Grand Final (after failing to qualify in 2017). They managed to finish 19th out of the 43 countries participating in 2018.

Are you looking forward to the return of Beovizija in 2019? Who would you like to see represent Serbia in Tel Aviv? Let us know below! Be sure to follow @ESCXTRA on Twitter and like our Facebook page.

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