Aleksandar Tijanic, the general manager of Serbia’s state broadcaster RTS, has said that Serbia should participate at Eurovision 2014, even if music in the contest “isn’t that special.”
Speaking to Serbia’s Telegraf newspaper, Tijanic encouraged people to look past the 350,000 euros it costs to field a contestant. He said the nation has a “duty” to participate in the contest and pointed out that it is more successful at ESC than it is in the European football championships. “In football, Serbia persistently plays in the Qualifications for the European Championships, without achieving positive results,” he said. “Seeing as no one is asking for the football team to quit playing the Qualifications, why would then Serbia withdraw from Eurovision?”
He also criticized Croatia for dropping out of next year’s contest, and for being surprised that Klapa s mora didn’t do well. “Croats gave up not because of money but because they did not record any success [at the contest],” he said. “They wandered with concepts, and recently sent a vocal group. It would be like [Serbia] sending some folk performers.”
Don’t get too excited about Serbia’s return just yet. Tijanic points out that he can count on around 200,000 euros coming in from sponsors and advertisers to support Serbia’s Eurovision big. But he’ll still need to make up around 150,000 euros. We think he should ask Eurovision 2007 winner Marija Serifovic for the cash. She hosted a blinged-out party at the mansion of a friend in Malmö, so we think lady has some DEEP pockets.
Photo: Eurovision.tv (EBU)