It’s the Balkan nation that won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2007…only to struggle in recent years. And now Belgrade’s attention has turned to Eurovision 2018 in Lisbon. Serbia‘s broadcaster RTS has revealed there have been 75 submissions for the national Eurovision selection process.
Songs have been submitted anonymously. Performers and songwriters will only be revealed after a pre-selection jury has made their choice. As with all Eurovision entries, songs must be no longer than three minutes and performers must be over the age of 16.
RTS has also asked for submissions in the official languages of Serbia, meaning entries can be sung in Serbian or any of the country’s recognised minority languages including Albanian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Hungarian, Romanian, Rusyn and Slovak.
RTS revealed the news after extending the submission window by a further three weeks to allow time for more songs to be entered.
Is Serbia’s national selection Beovizija 2018 still happening?
After two years of internal selection, RTS entertainment editor Olivera Kovacevic suggested the country would return to a national selection for 2018, relaunching Beovizija.
Today’s release took a more cryptic line, suggesting that the selection process will be revealed in due course and failing to mention Beovizija by name.
Previous news from RTS suggested a shortlist of ten songs would be selected for the national final and that the winning entry would be chosen by a combined televote and jury voting.
Beovizija was used as Serbia’s national selection between 2007 and 2009, where it delivered a Eurovision win and a top-six result in 2008. Serbia also managed to place third in 2012, but has since fallen on harder times, crashing out in the semis in 2013 and more recently last year in 2017.
Despite a spirited performance, Tijana Bogicevic failed to advance from her heat, with “In Too Deep” finishing in eleventh place on 98 points.
Serbia will perform during one of the two semi-finals of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 on May 8 or May 10.
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