Every year the former Yugoslav republics give us something interesting and diverse. We’ve had everything from discotheque club bangers to regional ballads. And 2018 is no exception. We have ethno-pop, a little reggae mixed with EDM, a jazzy James Bond style number, a beat-drop with attitude and a traditional Balkan ballad.
But the question is: Which Ex-Yugoslav country has the best song at Eurovision 2018? You can listen to all of the songs below and then vote for your favourite. You can vote for as many acts as you like, but you can only vote ONE time. Be sure to click the box next to each of your favourites before pressing submit.
Croatia: Franka with “Crazy”
Last year Jacques Houdek’s duet with himself gave Croatia its best result since 2006. Next month, it will be up to Franka to top that. Both the artist and song were chosen internally, the third time in a row for Croatia
“Crazy” is a sultry down-tempo pop number with a jazzy flair and prominent James Bond-esque elements.
F.Y.R. Macedonia: Eye Cue with “Lost and Found”
Macedonia went for an internal selection, like often before, and this time the pop-rock duo Eye Cue was chosen. The country has only qualified once since 2007, so it’s clear that Eye Cue have a bit of a task ahead of them.
“Lost and Found” is a mixture of soft pop, light reggae, EDM and even some soft-roc. Can this diverse mix of genres win over Europe and Australia?
Montenegro: Vanja Radovanovics with “Inje”
Montenegro moved away from an internal selection aside for the first time since 2008. Instead they opted for Montevizija, where Vanja Radovanovic won with “Inje”. Montenegro has only qualified twice since their 2007 debut.
“Inje” is a typical Balkan ballad with the usual elements of drama, ethnic sounds and a slow build. It is sung in Montenegrin, and is one of thirteen Eurovision 2018 songs to be sung in a non-English language.
Serbia: Sanja Ilic and Balkanika with “Nova Deca”
Serbia also revived their national final, Beovizija. The nation was left behind in the semifinals last year, but the task of qualifying this time will be in the hands of Sanja Ilic & Balkanika with the song “Nova Deca”.
“Nova Deca” starts like a Balkan ballad before becoming an electronic ethno-pop crossover. Almost like a Balkan Ballad remix.
Slovenia: Lea Sirk with “Hvala, Ne!”
Slovenia chose their entry through EMA 2018, where the winner was Lea Sirk with her self-written song “Hvala, ne”. Slovenia’s last two entries have missed out on the final, so Lea will be trying to follow in the footsteps of 2015’s Maraaya and make it to Saturday night.
“Hvala, ne” is a sassy beat-drop number infused with electro-pop and even a little rap.
Which Ex-Yugoslav country has the best entry of Eurovision 2018? Vote now
Which is your favourite? Could one of these entries win Eurovision 2018? Let us know in the comments below.