Deban: Zeljko sets the mood with “Nije Ljubav Stvar,” and by doing so, he inadvertently elevates the overall level of taste present in the second semi final. The instruments feature heavily as part of the spotlight. His voice translates as an added instrument. Complimentary, yet audibly stronger. The slightest movement is choreographed to the finest detail. His backing band glide slowly, and then re-assemble towards the end on an and LED cloud backdrop. Very simple, yet, so effective. Already, I’m on cloud 9 and this is only the first rehearsal!

Wiwi: Zeljko remains a front-runner in our poll “Who Will Win Eurovision 2012?“—and his first rehearsal seriously justifies that placement. His act harks back to the days of Eurovision’s live orchestra when music was the centerpiece, a time when sequins and large breasts were merely after-thoughts. We’ve written extensively about Serbia’s love affair with the wooden flute at Eurovision, so I was thrilled to see the Jesus look-a-like given prime billing with his wooden recorder. The instrumentalists that fade in and out of our attention, along with their long instrumental passages and a stunning LED light display, help this performance build gradually and cleanly. Once Zeljko slips into his traditional Serbian costume, this is gonna be even fiercer.

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Nathan
Nathan
9 years ago

This song is pure quality. Although he’s not exactly Serbia’s Next Top Model, this has the possiblity of winning the contest, (as long as the cameras focus on the pretty violinists). The calm beginning with the intense ending is reminiscent of ravenous lovemaking of an army wife who has long awaited her husband to come home the war.

MF
MF
9 years ago

Probably the best male voice and best looking guy in the contest (as I passed the JEDWARD phase).
I was never crazy about traditional Serbian music and all their songs sound the same to me. Though he’ll get at least votes from all former Yugoslavian countries and the bookies think he’ll do better than that. My top 10, but not top 5.

john
john
9 years ago

Go Serbia!!! 12 points Greece goes Serbia brothers !!!

Rebeka
Rebeka
9 years ago

Lane moje part 2! Not my favorite!

Sulejman
9 years ago

Good luck Serbia! Grettins from Sweden!

Ivy
Ivy
9 years ago

Great song and wonderful musician! So much dignity and beauty in the scenery! Best song for this year!

naty
naty
9 years ago

Lovely! The song is a masterpiece, the voice is strong and Zeljko gives so much emotion through his singing, eyes and smile! The staging is classy, nothing over the top, and thats just right because the song does it all for itself!