They’re known for taking traditional sounds and setting them against contemporary beats. And Sanja Ilic & Balkanika did it again today during their first rehearsal, taking their ethnic sound to Lisbon’s thoroughly modern stage.

The performance begins with an elderly man – with a very long white beard — playing a traditional flute. That gives way to the group’s three female singers, who wear goddess-like dresses and sing before an orange background. It channels soul and adds a nice colour contrast to the group’s washed-out, lilac dresses. A bit of grit and modernity comes courtesy of the drummer beating on industrial canisters with black spray-paint detailing. They’re building a bridge from the ancient to the modern.

The group have added quite a bit of choreography, with the singers slowly lowering themselves and raising their arms as the lead singer, who wears all black, stands in the middle of them. It creates an interesting Balkan take on Charlie’s Angels.

As with so many of the acts thus far, the camera angles need a lot of work. At times the group seems to be swallowed by the stage – even in close-up shots — and this diffuses the energy of the performance. The final minute grew a bit boring, owing to repetitive camera cuts.

Sanja Ilic & Balkanika — “Nova deca”: Reviews and Reactions

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AngieP

Nice staging, I like they’re going for the drums and flut there like good old times. But I don’t really like it.

Mladen
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Mladen

I am from Serbia and I feel ashamed of this entry. Everyone here hates it because apart from having been chosen by one ill-reputed person (there was no televote and no other juries), the song itself is very, very bad. Unfortunately, the next year will be the same for us as long as that man makes decisions on his own head.

Mima
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Mima

I am also from Serbia, and quite like the song. I respect its uniqueness, and the attempt at fusion. Plus it’s in Serbian, which is what I prefer to see on Eurovision in acts from non-Eng nations. Good luck in semi, Serbia!

Danijel_here
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Danijel_here

Remember that this is traditional music from your country. They’re sharing our beautiful culture with the others. Samo dalje

Jamm772
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Jamm772

Wtf was that press conference about? The weirdest thing I watched in a long time. Their spokesperson is a tool. 0/10
Rehearsal was 2/10 . Cannot see this in the final. Just a mess.

Malin
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Malin

Like the traditional sound, my top 3 today together whith Greece and Danmark. Hmm… all traditional sounds … I’m getting old. ; )

Good luck from Sweden

Sabrina
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Sabrina

The snippet gave me the same feelings Chris had after watching the whole thing: something was lost on the way to Lisbon. The biggest strenght of this entry is that they have a bunch of very interesting people to show, but the way they were displayed isn’t working. The lighting seems darker than it should too. The good news is that all the problems are solvable, since there’s no prop on their way. I like the song and Serbia would be a qualifier to me, but after Norway and Romania had good rehearsals, they need to up their game ASAP,… Read more »

perrs
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perrs
Marcelo
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Marcelo

I can see some elements from the Greece staging here: blue backdrop, girls dressed in white, ethno-ballad. I’m not sure if that’s enough for Serbia to qualify but good luck.

Hans
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Hans

Terrible! They will fight with Montenegro and San Marino for the last place on the 2nd semi.

Danijel_here
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Danijel_here

You wish hehe

Miguel
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Miguel

There is not much to say here…
It’s a simple staging, but it works for Serbia. Better than last year.

Diana (UK)
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Diana (UK)

This is the worst thing in 63 years!

Denis
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Denis

Apart from when your mother gave birth to you!

Asci
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Asci

Calm down, Tonibler. Bored of talking to yourself on wiwibloggs yet?

perrs
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perrs

Diana you comment is provocation. But because you are from UK your rude comments want be delete on this bloggs, especially second comment. You must apologise to many people killed in Jasenovac by Croats in NDH.

ivanvivas
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ivanvivas

British people are the worst thing not in 63 years but since the creation of the world actually. Especially the Eurovision entries and British turists.

Miki
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Miki

wiwibloggers, you should remove those comments full of hate speech, racism and misogyny

Donve
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Donve

Why would they delete them? That’s just the truth!

Jordan
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Jordan

they don t want to delete rude comments, only delete when some say that we had fake couple from Spain, that Australia is EBU baby, that Jon from EBU help Norway for win …

Héctor
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Héctor

Nice to have some ethnic sound. The dressing looks cool too. But everything is very average here to me…

Jo.
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Jo.

OMG it looks awesome!!

elm
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elm

MESS

Denis
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Denis

It reminds me of B&H in 2016. A sweet mess.
It is a strong semi and I don’t see them making it