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.

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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.

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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.

To watch out interview with Moje 3 click here.

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

You can read our song reviews on the Wiwi Jury page. Then read the lyrics to this year’s entries on our contestants page. And then vote for your favourite contestants in our various polls.

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DEX
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DEX

Vebooboo,thanks for info i do preciate,but for me pictures of Moje 3 and title of article can lead to a wrong conclusion,cous i can see from some comments that they just didnt read it,but according ta apicture of moje 3 thez are focus on comments of their song and score not on issue of language racism.That is my opinion.Thank you!

vebooboo
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vebooboo

Hi everyone, we already talked with Serbia’s PR and have edited the story yesterday evening. As you see above, we clearly show that it wasn’t Sara who made the statement, and that we are full supporters of Moje 3 (and were super disappointed they didn’t make the Final!)

We are only leaving the post up because the discussion about language discrimination at Eurovision (regardless of who is involved) is worth talking about.

DEX
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DEX

Naty,it is ok about what you ve just say thanks for your opinion,but published of fals info about racism statement has badly damged to personality of Sara Jovanovic and it is discrimination,and media campain against Serbia and its represntatives.

naty
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naty

Lol, they didn’t go to the final because the song is lame, the staging was lame, the outfits were lame and the voices didn’t sound too good, didn’t harmonize together. Now don’t be sad Serbia, come back next year with a song as good as Molitva or Nije ljubav stvar and you’ll be on top. I always root for Serbia when they have a good song and a good singer, and serbians saying that Eurovision fans/voters don’t listen to the songs that are in another language than english it’s stupid. If it was true they wouldn’t have won Eurovision with… Read more »

DEX
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DEX

BREAKING NEWS,RTS SERBIAN BRODCASTER AND SARA JOVANOVIC,ARE OFFICALY PROTESTED TO A EBU,SVT FOR DISCRIMINATION AND FALSE PUBLISHED TWITTER NEWS ABOUT RACISM.info published truogh national press Novosti..They say that they recived apology from organazires.Now she can really press charges,it can cost a lot ,couse of cirumstances that big production houses envolved,as media attention,so i was friendly advised wiwi to change title, and publicli apologyze to Sara Jovanovic.

DEX
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DEX

YES,Wwi I think that would be fair and honestly to a Sara,the new title for this articl..

Vlad
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Vlad

There is no reason to be bitter and I hope our girls from Moje3 still appreciate the chance they had to represent us. I think they were good and I liked their performance, but the song is not my cup of tea and probably many people thought they were okay, but just prefer some other entries more when it came to voting. I am glad that Ireland, Netherlands, Belarus and Belgium made it. Denmark is not one of my favorites, but I see why people like it. Good luck to everyone in the final and I hope we send a… Read more »

LENA
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LENA

wiwi blog can you please post the news that this is not what sara said, that her false profile said that. Now other people think badly of sara because of that. PLEASEEEEEE!!!

dex
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dex

i m not be suprised at all, if Sara announce press confernce she is still in Malmo 🙂

dex
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dex

Uros,oh yes thanks to a wiwi’s fanstasic skills 🙂 we detrmined it alredy!

Uros
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Uros

https://twitter.com/MissSaraJo THIS IS HER REAL PROFILE ON TWITTER,THAT PROFILE IN PIC IS NOT HER REAL PROFLE… :p

dex
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dex

Oh if you feel more comfrtable that way you can leave on mars :)Serbia is proud on Balkan diversity heritage and civilization,and when we speak about traditional music,seems esc favourite sounds,instruments ,way of singing..

blue
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blue

Croatia and Slovenia aren’t the Balkan!

dex
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dex

Metze,Racism?,but read the text it is the fals statment.But if we even speak about it ,how can singing in Serbian anyone title it like “racism” Serbia is one of the oldest european country as well as genetics…that means girls should be singing in Chinese or Japanese to title it as racism.

Metze
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Metze

Why did Serbia not qualify? Because they weren’t good enough this year – that’s it.

Even if the song had been performed in English it would not have compensated for the screechy vocals and tacky and distasteful outfits – watching women dressed as young girls posing suggestively on-stage evidently left an unpleasant taste in many peoples’ mouths.

Those who think Serbia’s failure was due to racism or political factors need to get real and stop whinging.

Tanja
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Tanja

Thak you, dear Wiwi team for a great lesson about what is proffesional journalism!

Tika
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Tika

1) One thing you can’t deny: these 3 ladies can sing. And nowadays, that’s a blessing at ESC. Not once did I here a bad note, their vocals were absolutely great. 2) Also, these girls are professionals: dancing, acting, and singing at the same time on stage is not easy, but they did it very well and their performance was excellent! So why didn’t Europe vote for them? I don’t think that the language has anything to do with it. For all I can say, singing in you own language can be a advantage. Especially in Western Europe, everybody speaks… Read more »

Diesel Flynn
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Diesel Flynn

About Serbia: I quite liked the melody, but at the semifinals I must confess I completely did not understand the act. The girls were dressed in silly outfits, seemed to be making a fuss about something (boys? friendship?)…

In this case, language does make a difference. But of course there’s no racism involved. I’ts sad that lunatics tweet stuff like that in other person’s names, destroying their reputation. I hope it causes no damage to the real Sara Jovanovic.

Tika
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Tika

DEX MAY 15, 2013 @ 19:29:01 “Oh it is ok, it is not tragedy,Anuk desrves final ,but Lithuania i mean it is below of average and we know it,Belgium too,but ok it was Benelux votes.I mean we have good score on esc,but the problem is now we have to sent every another year some tradtional ,or turbo folk so people can jump with trumpets…will see..” Benelux-votes? You are giving us way too much credits here. Belgium and Netherlands do often exchance points at ESC, but we hardly ever take it over the top. Tom Dice for example only got six… Read more »

JoyceS
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JoyceS

Well I like Iceland this year, even when I do not understand one word he is singing…so the language thing is I think just a bad way to show that you are a bad loser!
for Serbia it was the total package, it just was not good compair the rest this year…

David Thielen
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@Ralisia – I’m with you. The voting showed people selecting the best songs. Yes you can argue over who placed 9th & 10th vs 11th & 12th. But every song that won was deserving of the win.

vebooboo
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vebooboo

Hey everyone! Just spoke with Serbia’s PR and it was indeed someone else who tweeted. The issue is still worth discussing, but update coming! Moje 3 are still our favourite Serbian girls! Such a shame they didn’t make the Final…

rogesc
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rogesc

Serbia just has a huge ego and they can’t stand to NOT be in the final, that’s what’s going on. They have to realise that they can’t get away with bad songs, people are voting less based on politics FINALLY. To blame it on racism is the most pathetic thing I’ve ever heard. These balkan countries have to recognize that because of their block voting year after year western European countries were pushed aside. If you start whining about ‘racism’ these countries have more reason to.

Ralisia
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Ralisia

I most certainly do not believe that the reason that Serbia did not qualify was simply because the song was not sung in English. Two of my most favourite eurovision songs (Russia 2009, Estonia 2009) were both sung in their own languages and they not only qualified for the finals. They came in very good places. So, everyone is shocked because no Balkan countries qualified for the finals. What i cannot understand is …then why wouldn’t anyone be mortified if no non-Balkan countries such as Belgium, Ireland and the Netherlands qualified? What makes these european countries different? For once in… Read more »

DEX
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DEX

And they wont press charges against Wiwi, they likes this guys much..

DEX
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DEX

And thez wont press charges against Wiwi, they likes this guys much..

DEX
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DEX

Sally i ve told wiwi too…unoficall news,it is not good it can be obused by anyone.

DEX
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DEX

Alexander,pls be objective what others did too Benelux exchanged votes,Usssr too.Scandinavinas too..by the way ,who voted for Ireland

Sally
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Sally

PLEASE DELETE THIS THREAD! First of all I dindn’t think that such a serious site would publish false statement. If you really want to know this is Sara’s real Twitter profile: https://twitter.com/MissSaraJo . The information you published is from FAKE profile that barely has 200 followers. This was terrible move that disgraces Serbia and I except from you to apoligise to Moje 3.

Alexander Green
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The Serbians who are complaining are hypocrites…normally they get political votes from other ex-Yugoslav countries. Also, Estonia and Moldova both qualified with their native languages yesterday.

Lina
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Lina

Yes maybe it is.. But the language it doesn’t matter… I wonder how Lithuania make it to the final!!! Serbia was in my Top 10

DEX
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DEX

Just in..,This is for main page Turkey protest agains EBU,TRT won t be doing transmission at all from SVT becouse of voting system…

Harriet Krohn
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Harriet Krohn

The thing about the language bias is nothing new. Why do you think so many countries usually sing in English? Because they think they’ll do better that way, and it’s often true. But that’s not because people hate Serbian or Greek or whatever language – it’s because they don’t understand it and thus find it harder to connect. But if your song is strong enough, if you can get the message or emotions across, the language is not important. I’m surprised and pleased so many countries have opted for their native languages this year, and I believe we’ll see some… Read more »

Scott
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Scott

Its not rascism….its more to do with the fact that their song was utterly devoid of anything worth voting for. Up against far better songs and performers their tuneless delivery was never going to be a vote winner.

Gavin
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Language needs to suit the song. Last years Spanish entry was amazing in Spanish and dull in English. The same with Valentina this year. The Serbian song was awesome this year and staging conveyed content very clearly. Very disappointed that the song is out of the competition.

DEX
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DEX

Oh it is ok, it is not tragedy,Anuk desrves final ,but Lithuania i mean it is below of average and we know it,Belgium too,but ok it was Benelux votes.I mean we have good score on esc,but the problem is now we have to sent every another year some tradtional ,or turbo folk so people can jump with trumpets…will see..

Henk Jan
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Henk Jan

It’s not about clothing at all! Look at Andrius from Lithuania or Anouk from the Netherlands. It was a lame song, screamy, a messy performance that even kids can do better at school parties. So no Serbia in the final. It’s the first time isn’t it? Now you know how it feels like. Year after year. 😉 And I know: it sucks. But you’ll get over it. Enjoy semi 2 and enjoy the final. Serbia is in it; giving points.

DEX
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DEX

I really like Anuk,i recognized her first when most of people on yt sayed it is bad.She is managed from song who s does not express emotions to give us her best.I wish her good luck to the finals.

DEX
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DEX

Hmm just when i thought that we forgett last day and moving forward,this articl strikes.Don t know.. i didn find or felt that Serbia was discrimnated on any way.I think girls have had well reception,supported from esc fans all over world,gay community..Serbian press is more bitter of art director,clothes and hair dresses.And yes asking question how is possible that no ex yu country,Austria and Cyprus didnt make it.No offical statments from Sara or Nevena if is any reaction on this text i will translate it.

Henk Jan
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Henk Jan

Ah, they’re bad losers. Look, when The Netherlands lost 8 times in row (!!!!!!!!) we had something to complain about. But hey, look at Anouk right now! Sending a good artist with a great song will help you. No matter what!

DEX
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DEX

Not rasism! i read today Serbian press was main news and Croatian press was silent,it is a o lots of sensationalism,everyone has its own theory,i don thik this should be as breaking news.The girls are very fair,wiwi shuould ask them personly.While we also read in press Kurir that today that German former president sent emissary to lobi for Germanys winning an the the French delegation reacted with indignation.I didnt belive any of it.

Sladja
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Sladja

song is not bad:) but clothes is awful

Jacob
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Jacob

Btw, it wasn’t Sara who actually tweeted that. The twitter in the news article is – “The first INTERNATIONAL Source for Sara Jovanovi?. Every news is REAL, because I know her personally.
Vote for #Moje3 at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013.”
It isn’t Sara who said it!

SQFan
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SQFan

Sara needs to understand that there wasn’t anything wrong with the actual song, or the Serbian language – that’s why Serbia’s only missed qualifying once since 2007 (well, twice if you count 2013). Serbia shot themselves in the foot this year by changing the costumes to ghastly, rag doll like costumes that even Britney Spears wouldn’t be caught dead in, so it just turned viewers (especially first time viewers of their performance) off from the very first second of the song. Secondly, due to the costumes, the story didn’t make sense – they should’ve stuck to their national finals clothes… Read more »

mekon
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mekon

but Moldova sang in Romanian and passed. what we are talking about???? racism, come on, frustrated!!! the quality of songs are very different

kisses and peace !!!

AlAlekoff
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AlAlekoff

The Serbian song was terrible and I am saying it as a person from Bulgaria, who voted numerously for Serbia in the last decade and who was involved in one Serbian act staging. Sorry, but you can’t send a bad song and one of a sudden people are racist for not voting for that bad song! Slovenia was shit and Montenegro as well and while I loved Croatia, it would never get votes from the West!

David Thielen
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First off, if the bias is against non-English – that’s not racism. That’s Linguistic discrimination. Second Russia came in second and they were singing in some weird-ass dialect that even most Russians don’t know. Third Moran will qualify tomorrow so there’s another non-English. Serbia (and Slovenia) had really good songs/acts. But the others were every bit as good or better. The results were reasonable (and a lot better than last year when some atrocious songs did get to the final). What’s really funny is everyone screaming racism, bloc voting, etc. then follows up with where was the former Yugoslavia vote… Read more »

Jacob
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Jacob

I think Serbia qualified on televote (with a reasonable 6th/7th placing), but crashed on the juries. It was my favourite (I’m from UK), and I voted for it and I like all the songs this year sung in a different language (par Macedonia). For me, it’s not about the language, it’s the overall performance… I don’t think it’s racism at all. I think Serbia were just unlucky this year.