Sanja Ilic & Balkanika, who will represent Serbia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, bring a sea of beautiful voices. And today we can reveal that they’re adding another lovely vocal to the mix.

While rehearsing their entry “Nova deca“, the group realized that another female voice could make a lovely performance even more lovely. After careful consideration, they have chosen Iva Banicevic.

This will be Banicevic’s first collaboration with the group Sanja Ilic & Balkanika. Her beauty and stage presence fit perfectly with the message of “Nova deca” — that new generations will change the world for the better.

Banicevic is known within music circles in Serbia as a backing vocalist for popular pop singer Aleksandra Radovic.

In an exclusive statement sent to Wiwibloggs, the 22-year-old singer said:

I was thrilled with the invitation to perform ‘Nova deca’ with the group Sanja Ilic & Balkanika. I am sure that Eurovision is going to be a great experience for all of us and I cannot wait for us to step on that huge stage.

Sanja Ilic & Balkanika announced the arrival of a new kid with a post on their Instagram profile, which showed them singing “Nova deca” along with Banicevic. They captioned the photo with this:

“Rehearsal Time! Did you know that we are going to have one more singer on stage in Lisbon. It’s fantastic Iva Banicevic.”

Despite the hectic schedule they have at the moment, Balkanika found time to make an appearance at the Eurovision karaoke contest that was held yesterday at the Big Fashion shopping mall in Belgrade.

Eurovision Karaoke Jury! Meeting with eurovision fans in Belgrade #OgaeSerbia ?

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The group performed their entry and served as the members of the jury, along with Serbia 2017 singer Tijana Bogicevic and young artist Luke Black.

It was the first occasion that Iva Banicevic performed publicly with the group to overwhelmingly positive reactions.

Sanja Ilic & Balkanika — “Nova deca”

What do you think? Will the new girl help “New Children” achieve a better result in Lisbon? Tell us in the comments section below!

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Photo credits: Sanja Ilic & Balkanika

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16 Comments on "Serbia: Iva Banicevic will join Sanja Ilic & Balkanika on stage in Lisbon"

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Eve
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That girl who sang ”My secret combination” in karaoke version is my spirit animal 😛
Good luck, Iva 🙂

Comeee
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Call me delusional but I feel like they will be the dark horse of the year, with the right staging ofc

Jack
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YESSS ??????

CRO
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You are not even deluded. You are completely brainless to actually believe in such absurdity!

Leopabel
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Muriel, dont listen to that CRO guy, i would also love for serbia to win, such a beautiful and soothing song, its in my top 10, and im sad its so underrated

Nex
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Lovely girl, I know her from Aleksandra’s concerts, can’t wait to see her on big stage, go Iva and have fun 🙂

CRO
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You are clinically deluded!

CRO
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Even if it were, the song is substandard and the performance unwatchable, therefore it still would never, ever, stand a chance!

Aaron
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I dont understand are there 7 performers now?

we stan actual talent.

Nicki Minaj who? Katy Perry gone. Taylor swift ran. avicii found dead.

stream no more tears left to cry sisters!

necky
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Sanja (the one with the glasses) won’t be on stage.

Aaron
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ahhh that makes sense thank you!

Ante
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Actually, none of them should be on stage. The whole act is awful!

Kaz
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Really disrespectful dude the guy passed away how could you say such a thing

Aaron
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who?

Ball
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Avicii

Aaron
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thank you sis!