Serbia’s bid for the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 is in the hands of Vladimir Graic.
Graic, who will be more familiar to ESC fans as the composer of ‘Molitva’ which won Eurovision 2007, has been tasked by Serbian broadcaster RTS with finding an act to win in Vienna.
Serbia’s hybrid selection is mixing established acts with an undiscovered talent. Three acts – two popular Serbian singers and an unknown – will perform live at Beovizija 2015 next year and one of them will be given the ticket to represent Belgrade in Austria in May.
How will it work?
Vlad and his team of experts – Leontina Vukomanovic, Aleksandar Kobac, and Dragan Ilic – have been through six sets of auditions across Serbia looking for undiscovered talent.
Over 300 acts applied to sing at the contest – including Marija Lazic. Name doesn’t ring a bell? She sang backing vocal for Alyona Lanskaya in Malmö in 2013.
The first date in the selection for your diaries? 14th December! From 17:00CET 10 unknown acts will perform to take the wildcard spot in Beovizija 2015.
As if that isn’t exciting enough they’ll also be accompanied by a live band, when the perform on Nedeljno Popodne – the dream of the orchestra coming back lives on y’all!
A German inspiration?
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and in this case Stefan Raab and the German broadcasters must be blushing y’all. The mixed selection between an experienced act and an unknown mirrors the German national selection from last year.
Raab was also the mastermind of Germany’s 2010 winning song ‘Satellite’ and thus it seems RTS think Vlad’s magic touch from 2007 might send Serbia back to the top of the scoreboard. Raab also masterminded the superb hosting in Dusseldorf in 2011 so maybe RTS really are thinking ahead on this one!
At wiwibloggs, we are all for a rigorous national selection – so long as it doesn’t get too cray (hey Lithuania!). And who knows, maybe in the undiscovered talent pool the Serbians will find their own Lena to produce an out of this world entry…or their own Elaiza (yikes!).
The last time Serbia made it to the final they came third but that was over two years ago in Baku with Željko Joksimovic:
What do y’all think? Will the Serbian selection find the right act or will they stay stuck in the semi-finals? Sound off below!
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