Zdravo, Serbia! It’s been oh-so-quiet from the Balkan state as to who will sing for them at Eurovision 2017. We’ve had rumours for weeks, but now we finally know that Tijana Bogicevic will represent the nation in Kyiv. RTS confirmed the US-based singer’s participation earlier this evening, but have yet to confirm Tijana’s song.
You can check out one of Tijana’s performances from the show Tri boje zvuka below. She really gets into the music and seems effervescent and vocally sound.
Tijana Bogicevic — “Sam od sutra” on Tri boje zvuka
Tijana has previous Eurovision experience, having served as Nina’s backing singer for “Caroban” in 2011. It’s considered “invaluable” experience according to RTS, which may have helped sway things in Tijana’s favour.
In the past, Tijana competed at Beovizija 2009, the Serbian selection process that year. She only placed 17th in the semi-final, unfortunately, but RTS clearly have seen something in her for some time.
Tijana Bogicevic — “Pazi šta radiš” @ Beovizija 2009
It seems that there were a couple of people in the know as to Tijana’s participation, as well.
Serbia’s 2015 representative, Bojana Stamenov, threw her support behind Tijana in the comments of an Instagram post from last week, writing: “I’m looking forward…go girl!”
Tijana has been recording in Bulgaria, which also offers some hints as to the song. RTS have announced that the team behind the (as yet unnamed) song includes Borislav Milanov and Bo Persson. They’re part of the team behind Poli Genova’s “If Love Was a Crime” — a good track record to go from straight away!
This marks the second year in a row Serbia has gone for an internal selection. Last year, Sanja Vucic finished 18th in the final with “Goodbye (Shelter)”. Will Tijana be able to keep Serbia’s run of qualifications going since their return in 2015?
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