Won’t somebody save Serbia tonight? That was the question many Serbian viewers asked after the country failed to qualify for the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Tijana Bogicevic, who performed the song “In Too Deep” in Kyiv, stalled in 11th place in the second semi-final, much to public disappointment in Serbia. But she isn’t letting it stop her.
Tijana was satisfied with her performance, but confessed she was sad that she missed out on the final by only one spot.
“I am sad that I lost to the Danish girl by just three points. I found out that was the main factor. Still, I do not consider myself a loser. I come back as a winner,” she told Serbian newspaper Blic upon her return to Belgrade.
“This was a very special experience for me and I do not think it will ever happen again. I gave my best, just like my team behind the scenes.”
“My first impression was great because we really did a fantastic job,” Tijana continued. “Everything that I was supposed to do I did the best way I could. Everything else was not up to me and therefore I cannot comment on the reasons why we did not make it to the final.”
Tijana acknowledged that some viewers may not have liked what she had to offer. “I gave my best and I do not want to blame anyone for it. I have always said that tastes are different. Someone might not have liked the song, someone might not have liked the way I look, the way I sing.”
“Here you have a battle of tastes so you have to be really careful when you choose who and what you send.”
Reacting to the negative reaction to her non-qualification — including the 2007 winner Marija Serifovic, who said that Serbia would not achieve anything as long as RTS treats Eurovision as “an excursion” — Tijana explained: “It is not the end of the world. I do not know why people make such a fuss about it. Life goes on after Eurovision.”
RTS issued a statement as a reaction to Marija Serifovic’s comment, in which they expressed their satisfaction with Tijana’s performance in Kyiv:
We do not take any project as an excursion and we dedicate ourselves to all the projects as much as we can. Tijana sang excellently indeed in the semi-final, and her performance was seen as very modern. Our director Ivan Pasorovic received nothing but praise for his work. By the way, this year there were many difficulties with the technics, the production and the organisation, which was noticeable in the first semi-final, and in the second one as well.
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Tijana is not concerned about the fact she might have been forgotten by the public like other Serbian representatives whose entries were predominantly pop, such as Nina and Mirna Radulovic of Moje 3.
“In Serbia, pop music has been under radar for quite a long time. I was not very present in the public before Eurovision. I was planning on releasing my album regardless of Eurovision,” Tijana said, announcing that her album will be released in October.
“Eurovision could not have brought to me anything else but a wonderful experience and new fans, who will hopefully continue to listen to my music. But I am not unrealistic to believe that everyone in Serbia will listen to my music.”
“I am in pop music, which is not mainstream in Serbia and which is not supported by the media,” she told the interviewer, “Maybe you forget me and never again wish to do an interview with me, but that is up to you, not me.”
Who else was considered to represent Serbia in Kyiv?
In the meantime, it has been revealed which other singers were considered to represent Serbia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017: Aleksandra Radovic, Jelena Tomasevic and Ivana Peters. All three of them are often cited as the best female vocalists in Serbia.
“They called me from RTS, but I could not accept it because I had already had other very important arrangements that were supposed to happen right after Eurovision,” Radovic commented. “But I think that the contest has changed a lot and that the focus is no longer on music, but on some other things.”
Jelena Tomasevic, who represented Serbia in 2008 with the song “Oro” and finished sixth, kindly refused the offer and explained that she was “not ready to venture into all that again.”
Ivana Peters, who composed Sanja Vucic ZAA’s 2016 entry “Goodbye (Shelter)“, also declined, citing health issues that prevent her from flying. The singer-songwriter was not by Vucic’s side last year in Stockholm for the same reason.
Are you excited for Tijana’s upcoming album? Do you think one of the three other singers would have done a better job in Kyiv than Tijana? Tell us in the comments section below!