Last Saturday, RTS revealed that Sanja Vucic will sing for Serbia at Eurovision 2016. And now, after a seven day wait, we get to hear her entry “Goodbye”. The track was premiered during the Song For Europe TV special earlier tonight. Those of you who opted to watch Sweden’s Melodifestivalen instead missed out on the presenters setting musical challenges for Sanja and rifling through her suitcase. What a pity!

Sanja Vucic “Goodbye”

“Goodbye” is written by Ivana Peters and tackles the issue of violence against women.

Who is Sanja Vucic?

The 22-year-old currently studies Arabic language and literature at the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade, and speaks English, Italian, Spanish and Arabic. She’s also a fan of R&B, hip-hop, soul, jazz, reggae, folk, Oriental music and grunge. Interestingly, her potential success at Eurovision stems from what could be considered a personal failure. She had hoped to enroll at the Music Academy in Belgrade, but that didn’t work out, giving her the time and open schedule for ESC.

She was the lead singer of the band ZAA and has toured across the former Yugoslavia with the group, performing at more than 100 concerts at EXIT, Love Fest, Nishville, Arsenal Fest, the Lake Fest Niksic and others. So there’s a chance she will have some considerable regional support behind her.

What do y’all think of Sanja and “Goodbye”? Are Serbia heading for another top ten finish? Let us know below.

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Random.sage2.6
Random.sage2.6
6 years ago

All the Balkans are back. Wouldn’t be surprised if she was top 10.

Sophia
Sophia
6 years ago

Brilliant song with a pertinent and powerful message. Fantastic voice – great range, no accent. Her make-up (mask) and performance (body language) fit in with the song’s theme of domestic violence, hence the Serbian version is called behind the smile. She does the song more than justice. Great song and a great performance. Deserves to win. Awesome.

Eurofan94
6 years ago

No final for serbia this year, sorry.
I preffer Ukraine and Albania for sure as always I do.
Kisses :

Designated_artist
Designated_artist
6 years ago

I love this song. The way she moves is the way she feels the music. It’s always been that way. Hopefully the make up will be less dramatic since she is beautiful with just a touch of it. I think it will do good. She is young, beautiful, smart, and out of all the ppl who represented Serbia so far, she is my favourite one. Especially since she is young, and adds power to her performance. And BTW to all people who think she lip sincs, she doesn’t. She will prove it on Eurovision. She has an amazing voice.

snowhitte_
snowhitte_
6 years ago

i’m affraid no final for serbia this year, this is very very bad and forgettable

Redfox
Redfox
6 years ago

omg Amy Winehouse as a zombie with Hyacint Bucket as a hairdresser.

MarceloN
MarceloN
6 years ago

What’s with her presenting the song lip-synching, the Krusty make-up and epileptic body language, tho?

GreeCe
GreeCe
6 years ago

What a women, sexy drama QUEEN, bravo Srbija, will vote for Sanja!

vetisv
vetisv
6 years ago

I love her, the best this year!

moreur
moreur
6 years ago

My God how she is PERFECT! Serbia as always, for sure one of the best ESC countries!

Mikael
Mikael
6 years ago

LOL I just had a good laugh watching this. This is by far the worst entry of the year.

N.
N.
6 years ago

Well, that’s good but it could be better if she sang it in serbian language 😉

Leaf
Leaf
6 years ago

@Hebbuzz and @bojana

Talking about the song….. When i said as far as the song goes I don’t include styling and live performance.

ElEspana
6 years ago

omg are people still talking about elhaida? Ahaha you guys seriously need a life pr a job. Ughh!

Lanti
6 years ago

So is it just Sanja or is she bringing her band with to Stockholm? The show made it seem like she was going with the rest of ZAA, but the performance looked like it was just her.

Charles
Charles
6 years ago

@John: Poor naive John … still thinking this is 1996 maybe where songs were songs and visual presentations were totally irrelevant … sorry to wake up you from your dream but even I know that after Dana International your dreams are dead gone. If Sergey from Russia takes his shirt off and scores high for Russia .. then you tell me .. where is the song in all this? No one cares.

cheesecake
cheesecake
6 years ago

Good entry from Serbia, the facial expressions don’t elevate it though…
Reminds me of Nina Zilli.

Hebbuzz
Hebbuzz
6 years ago

Let me help you to remind that Elhaida was f**king out of tune. Horrible live performance. Did not deserve to go to the final.

bojana
bojana
6 years ago

Yes, but Elhaida looked like Dracula’s bride…..

Leaf
Leaf
6 years ago

Elhaida touched the violence against women topic last year and did it better, as far as the song goes.

bojana
bojana
6 years ago

Come on, the song is awesome. At least she’s not singing about see, mountains, rivers and pointless ships and boats stranded on the sea, like some other countries in the neighbourhood. This song has the point.

KatieBoyle
KatieBoyle
6 years ago

Less is more when it comes to facial expression and channelling Amy Winehouse. It’s a decent song, but needs work on presentation and delivery to maximise votes.

Kate fan
Kate fan
6 years ago

I just love her! She looks like Kate Bush wearing Ann Miller’s costumes from “Kiss me Kate” movie.

SerBe
SerBe
6 years ago

People, she is singing about an abuse of women in domestic violence. The odd moves are a responces of her body to the hits of her partner. Haven’t you noticed that in the last refrain she stops having “spazms” after she, lets say, got away from him? I agree it’s a bit over the top but it goes with the song.

Hebbuzz
Hebbuzz
6 years ago

Yet again a good entry form the Balkan, whereas Scandinvia mainly selected crap entries.

ZanderZion
ZanderZion
6 years ago

others says its overacting, horrid, horrible or weird obviously they arent aware that her stage gesture is a classic style, notable 60’s artist. I love this woman she reminded of Kimbra (from Somebody that I used to know), for me those bizarre hand gesture and facial expressions make her song perfect.

Bård
Bård
6 years ago

A great song and a horrid presentation

Leaf
Leaf
6 years ago

A decent song with a very off putting stage presence and performance.
I even find it disturbing how can the singer take away so much from a very decent song and make it look like a mockery ……… Hope they sort all this out by May.

Gav
Gav
6 years ago

Great song.

Hate the lip-synched performance. So I’m holding back my thoughts. I thinks she looks great!

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
6 years ago

Not bad at all!
I like the song but the performance is just a bit much. Definitely do not think that her expressions and gesticulations match with the imagery in the song and on the LED screen. Maybe a bit more understatement?

Leo M
Leo M
6 years ago

It is easier to just listen to the song and not watch it. Good song, gets stronger by the end. She has a bit of an Amy Whinehouse vibe about her but her performance and facial expressions are off-putting

John
John
6 years ago

@Charles, it’s not about looks, it’s about the music. And you clearly enjoy the music so don’t bother commenting.

Hugh
Hugh
6 years ago

Why is this a lipsynched playback performance? I really like it but I’m thinking if they choose to fake it rather than present it live, maybe her live vocal is not all that good?

Nevere forget
Nevere forget
6 years ago

I wish I could stop it wish I could’ve fight it But there’s nothing I can do I thought that we were meant for each other oh how I wish I knew you better I played a fool so many times I can’t even count it Every time I say goodbye you try to hold me by your side Gotta find my way out of your hands find a shelter from the pain Every time you say your lies I hide away and close my eyes I won’t let you tear my world apart, gotta find a shelter for my… Read more »

Nevere forget
Nevere forget
6 years ago

I wish I could stop it wish I could’ve fight it But there’s nothing I can do I thought that we were meant for each other oh how I wish I knew you better I played a fool so many times I can’t even count it Every time I say goodbye you try to hold me by your side Gotta find my way out of your hands find a shelter from the pain Every time you say your lies I hide away and close my eyes I won’t let you tear my world apart, gotta find a shelter for my… Read more »

Nevere forget
Nevere forget
6 years ago

I wish I could stop it wish I could’ve fight it But there’s nothing I can do I thought that we were meant for each other oh how I wish I knew you better I played a fool so many times I can’t even count it Every time I say goodbye you try to hold me by your side Gotta find my way out of your hands find a shelter from the pain Every time you say your lies I hide away and close my eyes I won’t let you tear my world apart, gotta find a shelter for my… Read more »

Charles
Charles
6 years ago

If one closes the eyes … you might be impressed with the song and see quality in it .. until one opens the eyes and thinks the singer is a stand up comedian making a parody of the song on stage …. The whole Amy-Winehouse-with-the-face-of-Maria-Callas-stage-persona is what disconnect me from her performance. Too desperate, too fake, Serbian trying too hard to get more 12s and 10s from coutries which never belonged to Yugoslavia …

Alex
Alex
6 years ago

I was disappointed given what I’d seen previously from ZAA that they went with just a straight-up ballad. They’re capable of far more than something like this. It’s alright, which is good enough for top 10 this year unfortunately…

marrecar
marrecar
6 years ago

@mocosuburbian If you’re insinuating that it’s copied or something similar, it sure can’t be since Ivana wrote this song years ago. Since I’m from Serbia I won’t comment on points or whatever, it would be biased. I personally like it, I was worried it would go in a bad direction since Ivana and Sanja are into rock and similar genres, but I like this one. I don’t think it’s a winning material, but for sure it’s a great song and stands out. Unlike many similar songs, this one keeps the pace and builds up, doesn’t have any underwhelming parts. Though… Read more »

ESCaddict
ESCaddict
6 years ago

Wow, great song. The performance knocked me out of my seat.

John
John
6 years ago

Guys, I wouldn’t be too set in stone, this sounds like Pray For Love from Belarus’ selection this year. I love both songs equally, but I feel were gonna get a similar thing to Glorious from 2013.

MTD
MTD
6 years ago

Her facial expressions can ruin this song. Sadly. But overall, kind of a quality entry among the other dull ones.

mad-professor
mad-professor
6 years ago

Some of the dancing is distracting, but the song itself is pretty good – definitely prefer it over Beauty Never Lies!

Österikke
Österikke
6 years ago

Sure Colin, but Serbia usually qualifies for the final and has a 100% record of receiving 12 points from Austrian televote.

Colin
Colin
6 years ago

@Österikke

Serbia and Austria are not in the same semi. Only ‘neighbor’ votes they can get is from Macedonia or Romania. But I would love to see more merit votes and less neighbor votes. This song is good enough to get those too. Why not votes from Norway or Latvia?

Franco
Franco
6 years ago

And this is how you pick a great entry! Thanks, Serbia, for saving the night.

AndersP
AndersP
6 years ago

It’s a shame the video is mimed (badly). I wonder what it’s like live.

eurana
eurana
6 years ago

I can see an Amy Winehouse vibe here. or not?

Österikke
Österikke
6 years ago

My top 10

12 Netherlands
10 France
8 Serbia
7 Italy
6 Spain
5 Poland
4 Croatia
3 Denmark
2 Sweden
1 Germany

I hope Zoe can make an impact in the Final, if only she survives the Deathmatch in Semifinal 1