Less than a week ago Radio Television of Serbia (RTS) revealed the details of their internal selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 and called on interested artists to prepare their submissions.
And according to Serbian tabloids Alo and Informer, pop star Jelena Karleuša is among the performers keen to represent the Balkan country in Lisbon next year.
According to an unnamed source that spoke to Informer, music and television producer Saša Popovic is determined to take Karleuša to Eurovision and produce a song and a performance for her.
Jelena Karleuša: Reaction video
In some ways her success would further buoy his own. Popovic is the head of record label Grand Production, and the creator and producer of music talent show Zvezde Granda, in which Karleuša serves as a member of the jury.
One of the most powerful men in the Serbian entertainment industry today, Popovic is allegedly convinced that Karleuša would significantly increase Serbia’s chances of victory in Lisbon.
“Saša believes he’s got the recipe for victory at Eurovision, those being: a catchy song, a good-looking chick who is a master of scandal, and an explosive performance,” the source told Informer.
“And he’s got all that in Karleuša! He talked very seriously about it with Karleuša and suggested that he would finance her participation in Eurovision.”
“She does want it,” the source continued, “but under one condition: that she chooses the song and creates the performance herself, because she does not want to embarrass herself. Popovic agreed to that and said he would pay for the songwriters, stylists, costume designers, dancers, LED screens, pyrotechnics, music video, everything she wishes for.”
Jelena Karleuša feat. Azis — “O.s.t.a.v.lj.a.m.t.e.”
Karleuša has been a fan favourite for Eurovision for quite some time.
“RTS has a different vision, so it’s not up to me,” she said, implying that she was indeed interested in Eurovision. She even shared a screen grab of our Tweet on the matter at the time.
Demantujem u?eš?e na Eurosongu.
I'm not representing Serbia/Eurosong 2016.
(RTS ima svoju viziju i nije do mene)
— JELENA KARLEUŠA (@karleusastar) December 9, 2015
Jelena has released ten successful albums and currently has one of the most followed Instagram account in the Balkans with over 1.6 million followers.
She has major swagger. Jelena has claimed that Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian and Beyoncé copy her style, and she has her own fashion line, JK Wear. But she’s more than a fashionista: she’s also a major advocate of Serbia’s LGBT community.
What do you say? Do you think Jelena Karleuša has got it this time around? Would you like to see her on the Eurovision stage? Tell us in the comments section below!
Photo credits: Jelena Karleuša’s official Instagram account, Alo