Dobre veche, Europe! The same source that recently confirmed Poland’s participation next year is now telling us that Serbia’s national broadcaster, RTS, is seriously considering a return to Eurovision in time for the 2015 context in Austria. Serbia withdrew from the contest in 2014 due to financial issues (this seems common), but will be participating in the 2014 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, which seems like a good indicator of participation in the adult equivalent.
This announcement comes after a very disappointing year for former Yugoslav nations, as FYR Macedonia did not qualify and Slovenia came second to last in the grand final. The one bright spot is that Montenegro qualified for the first time. A former Yugoslav country has not finished in the top 10 since 2012, and Serbia failed to qualify in 2013 with those outfits that some said looked like Candy Land vomit.
The region has a successful history in the Contest, but some say that success is driven by a system that encourages bloc voting.
Are they just jel? Will Serbia participate? Will the glory days of Balkan ESC entries return? Let us know in the comments below!
Serbia at the Eurovision Song Contest: Recent Results
2007 Marija Serfovic – “Molitva” WINNER
2008 Jelena Tomasevic feat. Bora Dugic – “Oro” 6th place
2009 Marko Kon & Milaan — failed to qualify
2010 Milan Stankovic – “Ovo je Balkan” 13th place
2011 Nina – “Caroban” 14th place
2012 Zeljko Joksimovic – “Nije ljubav stvar” 3rd place
2013 Moje 3 – “Ljubav je svuda” failed to qualify
Photo: Eurovision.tv (EBU)