serbia beovizija 2018 songs

On Tuesday night, Serbia will select their singer for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 using their national selection Beovizija. It’s the first time the format has been used since 2009. This means that it’s time for the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — to get to work!

We are going to do things a little differently with the Beovizija jury. The songs were only released two weeks ago and there are 17 songs competing. Unfortunately, that didn’t give us enough time to listen to and review all 17 songs like we would normally.

However, nine of our jury members have listened to all of the studio versions of the songs. They will rank their top five songs and give a review of their absolute favourite — just like with Albania, Spain, Italy and Denmark earlier this season. This year, our jury members come from Australia, Croatia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Spain and Iceland. So, which songs at Beovizija would we like to see represent Serbia at Eurovision 2018? Find out below.

Antony

1. Maja Nikolic – “Zemlja cuda”

Zemlja Cuda is a positively boisterous and eccentric song that should provide a truly fun and unique performance on the night of Beovizija – it will stand out! This song falls under the category of turbo-folk, which is a genre that has not been heard as of yet at Eurovision. Her bold voice matches quite well with this song and this genre as a whole. As well as a song that has an addictive beat flowing together with Balkan instruments, this would best represent Serbia if chosen.

2. Danijel Pavlovic – “Ruza sudbine”
3. Igor Lazarevic – “Bezi od mene”
4. Dusan Svilar – “Pod krosnjom bagrema”
5. Boris Rezak – “Vila”

Antranig

1. Maja Nikolic – “Zemlja cuda”

Maja Nikolic stands out as the clear highlight of Beovizija. “Zemlja cuda” is a perfect marriage between traditional Balkan sounds and modern electropop. It takes very traditional sounds and makes them sound modern. My only concern is how they will stage the pop drop. That will make or break the song as it could either fall apart on stage or become a Balkan masterpiece. “Zemlja cuda” could get Serbia back to the grand final and could push for the left side of the leaderboard as long as the staging is right.

2. Sanja Ilic & Balkanika – “Nova deca”
3. Biber & DJ Niko Bravo – “Svatovi”
4. Lord – “Samo nek se okrece”
5. Boris Rezak – “Vila”

Edd

1.  Lord – “Samo nek se okrece”

Whilst it may not be the catchiest melody, the production is absolutely brimming with personality and is infectiously fun. The elements of folk and electro-swing make for a very interesting sound and it’s impossible not to tap your feet along. With a clever visual performance and a subtle revamp for more peaks and pits, I think this is the one song that would get Serbia into the grand final.

2. Boris Režak – “Vila”
3. Danijel Pavlovic – “Ruža sudbine”
4. Saska Janks – “Pesma za tebe”
5. Maja Nikolic – “Zemlja cuda”

Jonathan

1. Sanja Ilic & Balkanika – “Nova deca”

This is my number one by quite some way. “Nova deca” is decidedly Balkan, yet the drum beat and mystery of the song produces something that appeals to all. The electronic sounds added towards the end help keep it slightly more palatable for western ears, but eastern European countries may vote for this on mass if everything works out. However, note the word ‘if’. Staging could make or break this. The song as a whole is mainly one big crescendo, with a notable one-minute vocal introduction. If people aren’t gripped from the very first note then many may have already tuned out before it has a chance to get going.

2. Biber & DJ Niko Bravo – “Svatovi”
3. Maja Nikolic – “Zemlja cuda”
4. Igor Lazarevic – “Bezi od mene”
5. Danijel Pavlovic – “Ruza sudbine”

Luis

1.- Maja Nikolic – “Zemlja cuda”

Serbia’s selection this year is painfully weak. None of these entries make an impact, so in case of doubt, go for turbo folk. Maja brings a ridiculously fun entry, which lends itself so well for Moldova-like crazy staging. It may not be the best song and something tells me she won’t be able to sing live, but in a field of languid ballads, weird folk combinations and ‘not-so-good’ Balkan ballad attempts, this one has to take the trophy.

2. Lord – “Samo nek se okrece”
3. Rambo Amadeus & Beti Dordevic – “Nema te”
4. SevdahBABY – “Hajde da igramo sada”
5. Boris Rezak – “Vila”

Mario

1. Sanja Ilic & Balkanika – “Nova deca”

In a gruelling selection that is this year’s Beovizija, “Nova Deca” is a clear stand out to me. Captivating and epic, this is a throwback to the good old Balkan Eurovision entries of late noughties, yet it still sounds fresh and unique to my ears. The band can certainly deliver it with passion and chemistry – as evident by their concert recordings on Youtube. After a string of mixed results with English language songs, Serbia slowly harks back to their good old safe zone, and Sanja Ilic and Balkanika might make them proud this time.

2. Biber & DJ Niko Bravo – “Svatovi”
3. Saska Janks – “Pesma za tebe”
4. Igor Lazarevic – “Bezi od mene”
5. Danijel Pavlovic – “Ruža sudbine”

Robyn

1. Biber & DJ Niko Bravo – “Svatovi”

There are a few songs that could easily serve as Serbia’s song for Lisbon, but this is the only song I’ve happily wanted to listen to multiple times. “Svatovi” combines electronic sounds with traditional Balkan instrumentation. And it manages to feel like a necessary combination, not a mash-up for the take of national-final box ticking. It’s a year that’s looking likely to be full of slow and serious songs, it will be nice to have somethng with a bit of life in it.

2. Rambo Amadeus & Beti Dordevic – “Nema te”
3. Maja Nikolic – “Zemlja cuda”
4. SevdahBABY – “Hajde da igramo sada”
5. Sanja Ilic & Balkanika – “Nova deca”

Sebastian

1. Maja Nikolic – “Zemlja cuda”

I don’t know why I love this – but goshdarnit I do. Maybe it’s the memories of Moldova’s “Hey Mamma”. Maybe it’s Maja’s circus ringleader-inspired attire – which opens up staging opportunities to knock Lisbon out. But the truth is – my ears to Balkan turbo folk is like bees to honey. It’s definitely not the best example of the turbo folk genre, but it’s gooey and sweet pop nonetheless. Here’s hoping Maja the ringleader heralds a wave of entries from the genre to the Eurovision contest. It needs it.

2. Lord – “Samo nek se okrece”
3. Danijel Pavlovic – “Ruža sudbine”
4. Sanja Ilic & Balkanika – “Nova deca”
5. SevdahBABY – “Hajde da igramo sada”

Steinunn

1. Maja Nikolic – “Zemlja cuda”

The way pop and traditional Balkan sounds are mixed together keep me captivated. It has the elements of turbo-folk, not quite full on Goran Bregovic but like they made a lite version of it to suit Eurovision. This song keeps the Serbian characteristics but at the same time has the international feel to interest European audience that are maybe not that used to the Balkan sound. This might not be a full-on Balkan festival, but it satisfies my Balkan craving I get every year.

2. Rambo Amadeus & Beti Dordevic – “Nema te”
3. Sanja Ilic & Balkanika – “Nova deca”
4. Boris Rezak – “Vila”
5. Lord – “Samo nek se okrece”

Which juror’s opinion do you most agree with? Who do you think should win Beovizija and represent Serbia at Eurovision this year? Let us know in the comment section down below!

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NathalieBazinga
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Maja Nikoli? could have never won Beovizija primarily because she is a foul person and nobody in Serbia likes her. She has always been dramatic ever since I first saw her on TV (20 years ago). Maja uses profanities when talking to people on TV, she is aggressive and disrespectful to everybody, especially her colleagues and is known for many scandals and occasions where she lied or attacked people for no reason. Not only did she verbally/physically attack regular people, but also some of the most prominent and professional figures on Serbian music scene. Even if she had the best… Read more »

Kris
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Kris

Nova deca won

NathalieBazinga
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Luckily! 😀

Colin
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Colin

Beovizija had some of my favorite interval acts of this season – Oro, Cipela and Bistra Voda again in live! Did I relive it or what? 🙂

Colin
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Colin

… Milan, Moje 3, Sergej, Knez, Bojana, Sanja, Jacques, Tijana! Gotta catch them all, I guess 🙂 As a regular viewer, I would see it as an unnecessary padding, but as an ESC fan, I truly enjoyed reliving it!

NathalieBazinga
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Yeah, it was great hearing these songs again and comparing them to one another now. I was sad they all sang on playback but hey, it is what it is.

I guess now when I hear them all in one place, I think that Sanja Vu?i? had the best song and voice. Oro as well.

kl
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kl

7th biggest twitter trend worldwide!

AngieP
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AngieP

Disclaimer: Serbia is among my favourite countries in Eurovision for years. So, in some cases I may be more subjective. Not many songs stand out tbh, but I believe the live performances will make the difference. About Maja I’m not a fan of her song at this point. It’s a decent song but it doesn’t go anywhere. I like the balkan ballads especially Ivan Kurti? and Danijel Pavlovi?. I’d love to see a balkan ballad from Serbia. My only issue is that Montenegro also has a similar entry. I want to see more diversity. Balkanika and Svatovi give a traditional… Read more »

Alex
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Alex

Rejbass FTW

KOSMOPOLJ
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Colin
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Colin

Doesn’t work.

Kris
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Kris

It was working For 5 mins and then stopped

Juslin
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Juslin

I noticed too! It worked until 15 minutes ago…

Tobias
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Tobias

I’m really surprised! Beovizija was one of the few preselections this year where I did not care AT ALL about the comments and the opinions of others. I just listened to the songs and the ones that got stuck in my head the most were the ones that mattered to me. It’s really surprising now to see that Maja Nikolic’s song, which is what stuck with me the most, is amongst the favorites of the Wiwi Jury! I really love that song, it’s so catchy and also has some tribal drums going on, adding some interesting spice to it. 😀

Rory
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Rory

Wow, an article about Serbia?

What happened Wiwi, you discovered that there are other countries participating on ESC? LOL

Rory
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Rory

And of course you didn’t find time in two weeks to listen 17 songs. LOL

Because, you know, Melfest endless articles need to be written.

Robyn Gallagher
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Jury members were required to listen to all 17 songs, but only list their top five. We would have liked to have done a full jury for Beovizija, but there just wasn’t enough time for jury members to listen to and review all 17 songs, for editors to edit the jury posts and for the 17 songs (two per day) to be published before tonight’s grand final. So we made the decision to do what we did with Italy and Spain – to use the mini jury format so we can cover the country within the time frame. Remember, none… Read more »

Darth Thulhu
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Darth Thulhu

Thanks for everything you guys do, jury members! Highly appreciated.

Robyn Gallagher
Editor

Thanks, Darth! That’s much appreciated! 😀

DragKvinna
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DragKvinna

Wonder Land (Zemlja cuda) for the win!

Ksksks
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Ksksks

I want svatovi to win

josh
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josh

wiwi jury is really underrating svatovi here, i’m surprised. robyn has good faves as always tho at least

Mufasa
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Mufasa

Any link for stream without registration??? Need help

Marko
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Marko

I want Maja Nikolic, interviews would be hillarious with her, at least sth interesting to watch this year…

Benny
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Benny

Balkanika is going to win. No doubt about that.

M
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M

Saska Janks – such classy singing.

Eve
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Eve

With the most boring song ever.

KSskka
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KSskka

Agree

Colin
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Colin

Here are my 2 cents on this NF. As I understand the language perfectly, I can also evaluate lyrics, as well as melody, voice, and personal impact. What I can’t do, however, is predict who will be good in live. 1. Sanja Ili? i Balkanika: Nova deca – 8/10 – The melody is great, the voices are in a great harmony and the song creates a special vibe, while sending a good message (The new world belongs to the young with love in their hearts). 2. Danijel Pavlovi?: Ruža sudbine – 8/10 – It’s quite romantic! It’s a blend of… Read more »

Eve
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Eve

wow, that’s a good analysis 🙂 Danica Krstic (Balkanika) sound very good live, believe me, I don’t care about others, just want to hear Danica <3
Maja Nikolic? How about no!

Roxy
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Roxy

Svatovi is the only song that makes me want to play it one more time. I don’t get what many people sees in Zemlja Cuda, I don’t like it a bit. And don’t even get me started on that “Hey Mamma” thing! *sigh*

Roelof Meesters
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Roelof Meesters

Nva Deca, but I want to see and hear them live, because they have a lot of effects on their voices. Zemlja Cuda is awfull.

NathalieBazinga
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No effects at all. The girl sounds the same live. 🙂 That’s what they do. They are famous in Serbia for this type of ethno music.

Bravisssimo
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Bravisssimo

We need bands and projects, we have only some groups in Lisbon, so choose one of them, btw they are best in their final. Only typical esc fans cross the fingers again for female, their diva obsession whaaa?!? Thanks god, they have only two in Serbian final.

MD
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MD

Oh God, what exactly is so charming in Zemlja cuda? I mean, there are at least two or three songs in this national final that combine modern pop sounds with traditional music much in a much better way… anyway, may the best win tonight, and good luck to my favourite Serbia

Fayn
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Fayn

No love for Raybass, but I’m not surprised </3

ImpressiveInstants
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ImpressiveInstants

None. Very underwhelming NF.