Serbian Eurovision fans have had today on their calendar for weeks. That’s because tonight national broadcaster RTS will finally stage the national final “Odbrojavanje do Beca” that will decide who will fly the Serbian flag at Eurovision 2015. You can watch the show from 21:00 CET on eurovision.tv’s web player by clicking HERE or on the RTS 1 web stream HERE.
It will last for a little more than one hour. In this fast selection we will finally get to hear the competing songs from Aleksa Jelic and Bojana Stamenov — two well-known singers — and Danica Krstic — a relative newcomer. TV viewers and a special jury will decide the winner and song through a 50-50 split.
Last night RTS staged an introduction show to determine the running order for today’s show, let the acts show off their vocals on some covers, and to reveal the titles of the songs. So, here they are and in tonight’s running order:
- Aleksa Jelic – Vodi Me (Carry Me)
- Danica Krstic – Suze za kraj (Tears for the end)
- Bojana Stamenov – Ceo Svet Je Moj (The Whole World is Mine)
Snippets of the three competing songs
All the songs were composed by Vladimir Graic, the songwriter of Marija Serifovic’s Eurovision 2007 song “Molitva”. In case you didn’t read about the three finalists earlier (seriously?), here’s some info:
Aleksa Jelic is a Serbian ballet dancer and singer who was also a writer of the Serbian Pride anthem. It’s not his first time to try for Serbia, as he already competed in the national selection in 2008 with his co-singer Ana Stajdohar with the song “Beli Jablan”. He finished second.
Danica Krstic was given a spot in the final after winning a nationwide hunt for new artists. Ethno ballads and Balkan pop are her preferences, as she proved last night by covering Jelena Tomasevic’s Beovizija 2005 entry Jutro.
Bojana Stamenov is a popular singer in Serbia who rose to fame after coming second on the Ja Imam Talenat show. Her soul singing is often compared with that of Aretha Franklin.
How do you feel about Serbia’s chances at Eurovision this year? Any early favorites?