When Bojana Stamenov released her Eurovision 2015 song “Ceo svet je moj” (The Whole World is Mine), the good people of Serbia could hear us screaming with joy in London. We loved the melody, the delivery, and the language, even if we couldn’t understand what she was saying. Since then Bojana and her composer have suggested that she may perform in English at Eurovision, and today OGAE Serbia unveiled the English-language version of her song. It’s called “Beauty Never Lies.”

Bojana Stamenov — Beauty Never Lies

Charlie Mason, the man behind Conchita Wurst’s ‘Rise Like a Phoenix’, crafted the text. As with the Serbian version, it tells the story of a woman who has to let down her walls to open herself to love. It’s like RuPaul says: If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?

In a shadowy world lived a dazzling girl
Unaware of the light she’d imprisoned inside.
Took a million mistakes to lead her to daybreak,
But she made it through, now I know the truth!

But which version is better for Eurovision?

We don’t know, y’all. We’ve heard Bojana sing the Serbian verison live and she had real soul. Until we hear her sing the English version live it’s hard to know. But based on the English recording, I definitely prefer her singing in her native tongue. It just feels more real. The English version feels somewhat sanitized and lacks the mystery of the original.

Do you want Bojana to sing the English version of the song? Or do you prefer the Serbian version, which you can listen to below? Listen to both of them and then vote in our poll! Serbia still has a week until it must submit its song, so let your voice be heard and help them make the best decision! You can only vote ONE time, so make it count!

You can also read the Beauty Never Lies lyrics below.

Beauty never lies lyrics — Bojana Stamenov

In a shadowy world lived a dazzling girl
Unaware of the light she’d imprisoned inside.
Took a million mistakes to lead her to daybreak,
But she made it through, now I know the truth!

Beauty never lies, never hides, never gives a damn!
Beauty never lies, no, it cries “Here I am!”
Finally I can say , yes, I’m diff’rent, and it’s okay!
Here I am!

Had to shatter the fears laughing in the mirror
Undermining me, now at last I see!

Beauty never lies, never hides, never gives a damn!
Beauty never lies, no, it cries “Here I am!”
Finally I can say , yes, I’m diff’rent, and it’s okay!
Here I am!

Beneath the veil of skin the heart’s entangled in,
Beauty’s embodied!
Beneath the mask of shame, my soul is set aflame!

Beauty never lies, never hides, never gives a damn!
Beauty never lies, no, it cries “Here I am!”
Finally I can say , yes, I’m diff’rent, and it’s okay!
Here I am! Here I am!

Poll: English or Serbian?

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Our first reaction to Bojana

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Julma
Julma
6 years ago

Serbian is better!!

Comi
Comi
6 years ago

Okay, after few listenings, here is my idea:
Serbian language, because it has more power than english one
Keep the arrangement of english one, because it’s better than the Serbian
And keep that “screaming” part from the english version 😀

MF
MF
6 years ago

Her English is quite good…but I don’t think it matters if she sings in English or not…

cheesecake
cheesecake
6 years ago

I hate when all the countries change their songs into English.

Chris
Chris
6 years ago

The melody is very “Serbian”. The ending sounds familiar. I don’t like the second part of the song (“techno” is just destroying the effect of the first part). The fact that it is sung in Serbian adds much to this entry. The Serbian language just sounds much better with such a Serbian melody than the English one. Without the second part and with the Serbian language I would maybe like this song, but for now I am indifferent.

Melissa J
Melissa J
6 years ago

I really hope she keeps it in Serbian! We need more native language songs in the contest again.

Comi
Comi
6 years ago

Btw this one is def one of my favourites, not because I’m from Montenegro, but srsly I love this 😀 And if they keep this arrangement and “screaming part” from the english version they could struggle to top 10

Comi
Comi
6 years ago

I’m from Montenegro, so I understand both original and these new lyrics. Honestly, I prefer english version because of the new arrangement they made, and that “screaming” part showcases her vocals more than it was in the serbian version. Don’t get me wrong, I always support the native language songs, but in this case I wouldn’t mind language, just keep this arrangement and the english version “screaming” part 😀

Augusto
Augusto
6 years ago

Honestly, I’d prefer Serbian over English!!! That’s all.

Britz26
6 years ago

Serbian much more better <3

Deniz
Deniz
6 years ago

English version sounds cheap. It sounds li?e it could be written by a 5 year old. Serbian is more special.

Leaf
Leaf
6 years ago

I liked this song initially but It just sounds soo cheap ….. I can’t at people talking about it like it is a masterpiece !!!

very amateurish, she would have done better with a less tacky song

Otna
Otna
6 years ago

With the Romanian entry, I don’t mind what way they go, but for Serbia I’m all aboard ‘Ceo Svet Je Moj’ – I usually love at least hearing the English version or a mix of the two, but with this particular song, I think the original version is an absolute masterpiece. <3

Grifit
Grifit
6 years ago

I like the english version but the Serbian has the strenght the song needs, but we already know that foreign languages are not always so welcomed, but both versions are great, SErbia is one of my favorites

blondboybc
blondboybc
6 years ago

Though I’d prefer she sing in her native language, perhaps a mix of the both English and Serbian could work, as Spain and Poland did in 2014. Anyway, she’s not in my top 10, regardless, so I’m neutral.

Nebi
Nebi
6 years ago

I nearly 100% prefer countries to sing in their native languages…except in this case. I rated the original version as not qualifying but this one is way better in English. I’m shocked at the quality of her English. She’d definitely would qualify with the English version.

Titaniumsparrow
Titaniumsparrow
6 years ago

@mario
There is no way I would make every country sing in English.
Eurovision is about representing your country and part of that is language. If a country decided to sing in their own tougne that’s their decision to be proud of where they come from and who they are.
Not all songs translate into English properly.

JonathanUK
JonathanUK
6 years ago

Oh please keep the Serbian!! It is such a beautiful, special language and the Balkan countries/voters will love it as much as I do which will help you get to the final!! You’re definite qualifiers either way you choose but the Serbian has the edge! :))

mocosuburbian
mocosuburbian
6 years ago

serbian is the only way to go
come on, there’s only five or six songs that’ll definitely be sung in other languages so far:
France, Italy, Spain, Finland, Macedonia, and Portugal
Romania and Serbia are tentative
and possibly Austria, Montenegro, Norway or Sweden although those are extremely unlikely
embrace your local culture, Serbia! just because some people are too lazy to get subtitles doesn’t mean a switch to English is necessary.

PP
PP
6 years ago

English version is better

Kristina
Kristina
6 years ago

Serbian!!!!!! Mnogo ja?i utisak ostavlja! U engleskoj verziji uopste toliko ne dolazi do izražaja Bojanin glas jer više juri da dobro izgovori re?i,a mnogo mo?an glas i šteta da ne izvodi na srpskom!

Adams
Adams
6 years ago

I think that she won’t qualify with the Serbian version. Is she singing better in English than in Serbian?

YoungsterJoey
YoungsterJoey
6 years ago

Hmm, I quite like the English version. Im all for singing in your native language but she did a very good job in English.

D
D
6 years ago

Serbia will struggle to qualify with the Serbian version and with the English version they wouldn’t qualify at all.

Jammy
Jammy
6 years ago

Bojana’s english skills are impeccable and she would no doubt do the song justice, but my fear is that a song so clearly dealing with an issue of acceptance might be branded a rip off from Conchita. Not that Bojana shouldn’t convey her beautiful message, but if Serbia want to be a contender, they need to distinguish from last year,

Personally, I’d choose Serbian, but either language, I love Serbia 2015!

Daniel
Daniel
6 years ago

OMG Mario I love your comments so much!!

For Serbia, a combination would be nice.

Edward Nygma
Edward Nygma
6 years ago

1) To everyone ever complaining about not understanding the words, go to translation and voila… I don’t speak Portuguese, Romanian or French and I managed to translate the lyrics. You should do the same and stop complaining. 2). I think *most* songs sound better in the original language. It has nothing to do with it being the national language or not (if the accent is right). It has to do with lyrics. Most of the time, the lyrics are not exactly the same and it stop being the same song in the most detailed sense of the words. Songs are… Read more »

Nikos
Nikos
6 years ago

Serbian-language songs always sound great in Eurovision so normally I would say keep it in Serbian. In this case, Bojana also sings very well in English as well so the English version is not a disappointment. I think a mix would work just fine.

Mario LoverBoyy ~ My Diamond Vision of Gay Love ~ Only In *ENGLISH* Please!
Mario LoverBoyy ~ My Diamond Vision of Gay Love ~ Only In *ENGLISH* Please!
6 years ago

If i was the president of EBU Vision i would apply 4 a strict rule that i would demand in my precious Vision all the countries to sing exclusively ONLY in english! <3 😀

The songs sound much better in this language and i can understand what the words mean and everything! <3 🙂

Madi
Madi
6 years ago

They’re both great, but I prefer the Serbian version. I wouldn’t mind if she ended up doing a combination of Serbian and English for the contest.

Mario ~ My Diamond Vision of Gay Love ~ *Beauty Never Lies* 4 Vienna!
Mario ~ My Diamond Vision of Gay Love ~ *Beauty Never Lies* 4 Vienna!
6 years ago

4 me its all the way the ENGLISH version !<3 😀 I did not really like the non english version but now THIS *Beauty Never Lies*…?? I LIKE it! <3 😀 It sounds much much MUCH **{it gets}better!** when dear Bojana sings in english! <3 😀 Her voice has much more *Beauty* in the english version! <3 If the english version is used 4 the Diamond Vision then Serbia's song will go up higher on my top40 4 sure! <3 😀 Im a fan of Bojana and i care 4 her…:) I was very happy that she won in Serbian… Read more »

Sam "Sopon"
Sam "Sopon"(@sopon)
6 years ago

Although I’d love for Serbia to keep their record intact as the only country not to sing in English ever, I think a mix like Poland 2014 would be good. Before the bass drop should be in Serbian, and after should be in English.

Mar
Mar
6 years ago

Serbian all the way.

WTF
WTF
6 years ago

Doesn’t matter, it’s still rubbish.

Zac
Zac
6 years ago

I’d prefer it to be mixed both Serbian and English, best of both worlds,

Jacob
Jacob
6 years ago

I like both but I prefer the Serbian version. I do like the message in the English version’s chorus though.

Zack
Zack
6 years ago

Quite frankly, I like them both. I’m always a fan when acts give us both English and their native tongue a la Poland 2014, France 2001, FYR Macedonia 2007, etc.

Daniel
Daniel
6 years ago

I won’t mind what language it will be.