Take shelter! Serbia confirms participation in Eurovision 2017

Public broadcaster RTS has confirmed that Serbia will compete in Eurovision 2017. The Balkan state will again be part of Eurovision, with the broadcaster having secured government funding for its new season.

The announcement was made today as part of RTS’s new programme schedule launch. The broadcaster also confirmed that it had started to receive stable funding from the Serbian government via collection of the television license.

Olivera Kovacevic, the head of entertainment programmes, said that the method of selecting Serbia’s act for Kyiv had not been confirmed, but that several methods were being considered, with the suggestion that some sort of public selection would be used. In 2015 Serbia used the national final Odbrojavanje za Bec (Countdown for Vienna) to select Bojana Stamenov, while in 2016 Sanja Vucic was internally selected.

2017 will mark the 10th time Serbia has competed at the Eurovision Song Contest as an independent country. They made their debut at Eurovision in 1961 as part of Yugoslavia, with Serbian acts representing the country six times.

Following the break-up of Yugoslavia, Serbia entered Eurovision in 2004 as part of Serbia and Montenegro. They placed second that year with Zeljko Joksimovic’s song “Lane moje”.

And finally Serbia made its debut as a newly independent nation in 2004, taking home its first win with Marija Serifovic’s power ballad “Molitva”.

Serbia is also participating in Junior Eurovision 2016, with their act for Malta still to be announced.

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