Serbia have been keeping very quiet over the past few months, but finally the Balkan nation has confirmed that their song and artist for Stockholm will be announced on March 10. It will be done in a special television presentation called Serbia’s Song for Europe. About time!
Last year Serbia held a national final, Odbrojavanje za Bec (Countdown to Vienna), where Bojana Stamenov won with her song “Ceo svet je moj” (The whole world is mine). It was rewritten with English lyrics and became “Beauty Never Lies”, placing tenth in Vienna.
This year, however, broadcaster RTS have gone for internal selection. Head of Delegation Dragan Ilic told Eurovision.tv, “This year we will introduce a completely new face, a young and talented artist. We believe that it’s going to be a big surprise for the Eurovision fans in Serbia and abroad.”
This definitely rules out pop diva Jalena Karleusa, who has long been rumoured as a potential artist for Serbia. In January, four-piece girl group The Frajle were rumoured to be under consideration, but today’s announcement suggests it will be a solo artist, not a group.
And unlike last year’s song, which had the English lyrics written by American songwriter Charlie Mason, this year RTS are keeping the entire production local. As Ilic explained, “We mobilised everyone at RTS, including the producers, authors, and the orchestra. We used all the resources we had to produce the song that Serbian entrant will perform in Stockholm – on our own.”
Serbia is the most successful modern Balkan nation, having won the contest on its debut in 2007, and placed in the top 10 four times.
The song will be presented on a TV special called Serbia’s Song For Europe, screening next Thursday, 10 March, at 21:00 CET.