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