A lot of us were surprised to see no Balkan nations (Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia or Slovenia) make it through last night. After years of success, this was a major shocker. We were also shocked to learn on English-language web site InSerbia.info that Sara Jovanovic had tweeted that the girls didn’t qualify because of racist attitudes among voters. Well guess what: She didn’t actually tweet that.
As it turns out, a Sara Jovanovic fan who uses the Twitter handle @SaraJoEU is the culprit. Here’s what she (and not Sara) tweeted.
There has subsequently been a backlash against @SaraJoEU and she has deleted the above tweet from her profile. Here are some of her more recent tweets, in which she says she was only kidding.
The real Sara Jovanovic tweets using @MissSaraJo.
In any event, the fake Sara Jovanovic raises an interesting question: Do you think that songs that aren’t sung in English suffer as a result? Are people willing to listen to songs in another language? We tend to think that people *will* vote for non-English songs—and especially if they’re in Serbian. Marija Serifovic and Zeljko Joksimovic went native and they both did extremely well at Eurovision in recent years.
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Update at 22:30 CET: A previous version of this article mistakenly attributed @SaraJoEU’s comments to Sara Jovanovic of Moje 3. We have been in touch with her PR team who kindly corrected us. We apologize for adding any drama to the trauma of being eliminated in the semi-final. We really wanted to see you guys on stage Saturday. Love, Team Wiwi