Who says the former Yugoslav republics act as a bloc? They brought very different songs to the table this year and three of the four managed to qualify for the grand final — the Balkan-ballad from Montenegro (written by Zejko Joksmovic), an entry on self-love from Serbia, and Eurodance from Slovenia. Only Macedonia’s heartfelt “Autumn Leaves” went crashing out in the semis.

But naturally we have to pick a favourite. Back on April 12 we asked our readers which ex-Yugoslav act slays the most this year. After collecting 2,449 votes, we can reveal that Slovenia’s Maraaya has come out on top. The husband-wife duo have won plaudits for their alt-pop song “Here for You” and you are clearly there for them. They earned a total of 1,343 votes, or around 57%.

Slovenia: Maraaya’s Second Rehearsal

Lagging behind in second place we have Macedonian Daniel Kajmakoski with his entry “Autumn Leaves”. Initially choosing to sing it in his native Macedonian, he eventually changed it to English. Even with world-famous R&B group Blackstreet behind him, he only managed to earn 438 votes — and failed to reach the final.

FYR Macedonia: Daniel Kajmakoski’s Second Rehearsal

Coming in third and fourth place were Serbia’s Bojana Stamenov and Montenegro’s Knez, who each earned around 12% of the vote.

Serbia: Bojana Stamenov’s Second Rehearsal

Montenegro: Knez’s Second Rehearsal

Full results of Ex-Yugoslav poll

1. Slovenia: Maraaya – “Here for You” 57.59% (1,343 votes)
2. FYR Macedonia: Daniel Kajmakoski – “Autumn Leaves” 18.78% (438 votes)
3. Serbia: Bojana Stamenov – “Beauty Never Lies” 12.01% (280 votes)
4. Montenegro: Knez – “Adio” 11.62% (271 votes)

Total votes: 2,332

Reviewing entries from the former Yugoslav republics

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Briekimchi
Briekimchi
5 years ago

@jj – Still, the audience in attendance is a very small percentage of the total people who are going to be voting. Obviously a song such as Serbia’s, a big dance number, is going to receive a great reaction from the live crowd whereas a song like Cyprus, that does not have the same energy, will probably not.
I am not saying it is going to be badly but just that audience reaction is not a clear barometer of how it is going to do!

jj
jj
5 years ago

Well away from wiwibloggs, many favor Serbia’s the most. It generated the most applause, by far, from the audience, according to those who were actually there.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
5 years ago

Beware Montenegro, along with the fact that Slovenia has to sing first; and no one has won from the pole position since 1984.

Vladimir
Vladimir
5 years ago

@Mario My Vision of Gay Love

You certainly have a wide prediction range there:-)

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
5 years ago

I liked three of the songs but disliked Serbia’s immensely. She did however, perform it as well as she could have done in the semi. It has been a strong year for the ex-Yugoslav countries.

Huh
Huh
5 years ago

The only thing that Daniel should have done was to stick to the status quo. His national finals performance was something that made him serious to watch and pay attention to.

Otna
Otna
5 years ago

Absolutely love Maraaya, I wish they drew 2nd Half!

I think the results of this poll may be slightly different if we held it again – Serbia have really firmed! <3

Mario My Vision of Gay Love
Mario My Vision of Gay Love
5 years ago

My prediction 4 the ex yugoslav countries..
Slovenia ~ top5-15
Serbia ~ top15-24
Montenegro ~ top15-26

R
R
5 years ago

Montenegro is the best.