Tonight Stadion, one of the most popular shopping malls in Belgrade, will host a special Eurovision-themed event: EuroStadionSong Karaoke.
EuroStadionSong Karaoke will be, as its name says, a karaoke competition. But it will be dedicated entirely to the Eurovision Song Contest. Participants can leave their Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey cover tracks at home.
Four Serbian Eurovision entrants — Nevena Bozovic of Moje 3 (2013), Bojana Stamenov (2015), Sanja Vucic ZAA (2016) and Tijana Bogicevic (2017) — will serve as the jury members of the competition.
The event is a timely reminder of just how popular Eurovision is in Serbia. The contest’s enduring appeal goes all the way back to when Serbia was still a part of Yugoslavia. Yugoslavia, as a non-aligned country, joined the contest in 1961 and was the only Communist nation that took part in the contest before the Iron Curtain fell.
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EuroStadionSong Karaoke: The jury members
As a part of Moje 3, Nevena Bozovic represented Serbia at the 2013 contest in Malmö, where the group’s entry “Ljubav je svuda” ended up the 11th in the first semi-final. But Nevena looked like an angel — and sounded like one too — winning over countless new fans.
Bojana Stamenov gave Serbia a triumphant return to the contest — following a one-year break in 2014 — when she belted it out in Vienna in 2015. Her song “Beauty Never Lies” not only qualified for the final, but it also placed in the top ten.
Bojana was succeeded by Sanja Vucic ZAA. Although the early reaction was positive and expectations were high, Sanja’s entry “Goodbye (Shelter)” barely qualified for the final, where it finished in 17th place.