After not qualifying in 2013 and withdrawing in 2014, Serbia returned to Eurovision with a bang in 2015. Bojana Stamenov oozed soul and belted it out Mariah-Carey-style, ultimately taking Serbia back to the top 10. So naturally we’re wondering who should follow in her footsteps and up the game yet again. After soliciting suggestions from far and wide, we have found six super Serbian singers who we think have the voice, the look, and the appeal of a Eurovision winner.
Serbia is known for turbofolk — and Ceca is a queen of this divisive genre. In her more-than-25-year-long career, she has emerged as one of the most well-paid Serbian singers and has performed in front of millions. The concert she held for her 40th birthday attracted 150,000 people, so performing in front of 15,000 screaming Eurofans in Stockholm wouldn’t faze her. Described by some as Serbia’s Beyoncé, would this megawatt superstar deign to sing at Eurovision? We hope so!
You say “Indira”, I say “gay icon”. Beloved by the Balkan LGBT community, she would no doubt become beloved by the European LGBT community if she sang at ESC. Her traditional voice makes for an uneasy but catchy clash with the dance music she churns out year after year. Unique, fierce, and vocally on point — she could really slay.
Jelena has released ten successful albums and currently has the most-followed Instagram account in the Balkans with 660,000+ followers. She’s got major swagger — she has claimed that Kim K and Beyoncé copy her style — and deploys it in her own fashion line, JK Wear. But she’s more than a fashionista: she’s also a major advocate of Serbia’s LGBT community. Sister slays — for herself and her many LGBT fans.
Who knows how to work pop-folk, disco and hip-hop? Sasa Kovacevic, baby! His 2004 single “Pakao i raj” brought him fame at home, and he’s followed up with two albums and a slew of singles. He’s giving us major Balkan ballad feels above, but with a more modern flair than the likes of Eurovision evergreen Zeljko Joksimovic. Sasa would no doubt spice up Eurovision — and maybe he could perform shirtless too.
Emina, who has dual Serbian and Turkish citizenship, rose to prominence in the 1990’s as a protégée of Dino Merlin. Now one of the biggest success stories in the former Yugoslav Republics, she is constantly brought up in conversations about potential Eurovision singers. She certainly has a lot of international support, but is she top 5 material? We think so!
Aca Lukas serves up an unpredictable potpourri of jazz, Romani, and traditional Serbian sounds. And boy has the man lived. Besides his well-documented struggles with gambling and drugs, which, at one point, sidelined him from music, he’s also been shot in the leg, collaborated with death metal bands, and courted controversy for an album with a cover of him laying in a coffin with his middle finger extended. The caption? “To all of them who wished I were dead.” All of that drama has helped fuel nine studio albums. He’s definitely a bad boy with a very good touch.
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