Former Eurovision winner Marija Serivofic passed her Eurovision experience onto Azerbaijan’s 2016 act Samra as they enjoyed a meal together in Belgrade. As part of Samra’s promotional visit to Serbia, she caught up with the 2007 winner and chatted about the secrets of Eurovision success.

The two Eurovision stars enjoyed a traditional Serbian meal, and chatted about the Eurovision experience.

Samra was thrilled to meet her childhood idol, saying, “I saw her on TV when I was a little girl, and it’s like a miracle to meet her now.”

Marija had nice things to say about Samra’s home country, saying that of all the contests she’s attended since her 2007 win, Baku was the most memorable. “The whole country wanted to have some kind of participation in the project, to do something to make it better. I’m going to remember it for a lifetime.”

As for how to win the contest, Marija had some good advice. “There is no secret. When you go out on stage, we have to trust you that you feel that song and you have to convince us so we’re gonna vote for you.”

Samra also caught up with her Serbian counterpart, Sanja Vucic. The pair had previously met in Tel Aviv, where they formed an instant bond, along with their new BFF Hovi Star.

The two sang a bit of each other’s song, shared plenty of laughs, with Sanja wishing Samra the best of luck for the tough first semi-final.

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Sergeys_husband
6 years ago

Marija is amazing

Andrey (from Russia)
Andrey (from Russia)
6 years ago

@AzerBoy96
I’ve posted some facts about discrimination against LGBT guests in Azerbaijan in 2012 when they hosted the ESC. Just FACTS, but not my or your, or somebody’s else opinion. I say about FACTS.

karminowe.usta
karminowe.usta
6 years ago

Azerbaijan has a good song but Samra isn`t good vocalist. Sorry but she must work at her vocal.

Jan Peters
Jan Peters
6 years ago

And corruption

Jan Peters
Jan Peters
6 years ago

This girl needs to work on her vocals instead of going here there.
No suprise Azerbaijan always tries to steal votes with promotions (playing good friends)

Džordž
Džordž
6 years ago

hahaha Marija sad that Azers payed her to have lunch with Samra… Marija has very awful personality. She hates Sanja and her song because everyone in Serbia is in love with Sanja.

AzerBoy96
AzerBoy96
6 years ago

@Andrey (Russia) LOL! That was really interesting comment by someone from Russia. I am really glad that still there are ppl who supports LGBT rights over there. But if you are talking about Azerbaijan as a openly gay person living in Baku I can say that the situation is really not even close to Russia. I am gay and I have my family with me and I have lot of friends and I get no trouble because of it (unlike you mentioned). Of course there are some homophobic people who secretly laughs at me because who I am or just… Read more »

manu
manu
6 years ago

o my god! Samra is no longer virgin

Andrey (from Russia)
Andrey (from Russia)
6 years ago

It’s just an Azerbaijan’s hypocritical PR action towards LGBT people.

Do you know that when Azerbaijan hosted the ESC in Baku, they gave some jotting to every foreign guest. In that jotting, it was said that any sort of gay behaviour wasn’t normal in Azerbaijan culture. So, people who show it, can have troubles with the local population – and the authorities can’t guarantee any safety of people with gay behaviour.

Rashad
Rashad
6 years ago

Something tells me Marija got a crush on Samra. Well, she’s hot.
Sanja is hilarious. Not a fan of the song, but I’d like to see her host the show if it’s ever held back in Belgrade.

I say this
I say this
6 years ago

isn’t marije so excited next to semra she welcomed samra more than a gentleman can do, bravo marije

Nicky91
Nicky91
6 years ago

Samra is so cute 🙂

Jan
Jan
6 years ago

I may be prejudiced against Azerbaijan as there have been quite many problems with this country… Political voting, corrupted voting, too high nationalism and I do not like countries which take ESC too seriously in general. Thats is also why I really wish to Azerbaijan from the bottom of my heart having an experience of non-qualifying this year. Samra is very attractive girl but kind of affected and her vocals are not tht good. The song itself is very generic.

fikri
fikri
6 years ago

marija’s wanna bet on a female singer winner… gurl, you’re gonna lose money. 🙁