As always, the Eurovision 2018 entries from ex-Yugoslavia are a diverse bunch. From Balkan ballad to EDM banger to sultry jazz to beat-drop electro-pop, lots of boxes are ticked.
With Bosnia & Herzegovina on a — hopefully temporary — break from the Eurovision stage, this year’s ex-Yugoslav countries consist of Croatia, F.Y.R. Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia.
And earlier this week, we asked you to vote for your favourite entry from an ex-Yugoslav country. A total of 2,399 votes were cast and the results are in.
1. F.Y.R. Macedonia – Eye Cue “Lost and Found”
After tallying up the vote, F.Y.R. Macedonia’s Eye Cue emerged as a clear-cut favourite. Taking 1,371 votes, “Lost and Found” gathered just over 57% of all votes cast.
F.Y.R. Macedonia hasn’t qualified for the final since 2012. And before that they last made the Saturday evening show in 2007. So Eye Cue have quite the task on hand. According to the bookies F.Y.R. Macedonia are not unlikely to break their non-qualification streak in Lisbon. But if they can galvanise their fans on the night of semi-final one, perhaps what hope is lost can be found.
2. Slovenia – Lea Sirk “Hvala, ne!”
A long way behind, but still rather secure in second place is Slovenia’s Lea Sirk. She swept up 374 votes, almost 1,000 less than the first place. “Hvala, ne!” gathered 15.59% of all votes.
Since the semi-finals were introduced in 2004, Slovenia has only made it to the final four times. But that is where Lea Sirk wants to be. According to the oddsmakers that might be a distant dream. But Lea’s response is nothing less than “Hvala, ne! I’m gonna be there”.
3. Serbia – Sanja Ilic and Balkanika “Nova Deca”
Walking away with bronze, it’s Serbia’s Sanja Ilic and Balkanika. With 270 votes, “Nova Deca” took 11.25% of the votes.
Serbia is the only ex-Yugoslav country that has won the contest to date. But the country has experienced many ups and downs since its 2007 victory. According to the bookies it is rather likely that this year will bring another down. Nonetheless, Sanja Ilic and Balkanika’s goal is for their “new children” to get to the final.
4. Croatia – Franka “Crazy”
Just missing out on a medal is Croatia’s Franka. “Crazy” picked up 235 votes (9.8%).
Croatia has graced the final for the last two years. And they sure want to keep that streak going. Unfortunately, the bookies don’t agree. Yet Franka’s aim will be to make Europe crazy for her act and vote Croatia into the final for a third consecutive time.
5. Montenegro – Vanja Radovanovic “Inje”
In a respectable fifth, albeit also last, place is Montenegro’s Vanja Radovanovic. With 149 votes, “Inje” attracted 6.21% of votes.
Since their debut as an independent country in 2007, Montenegro has only made it to the final on two occasions, 2014 and 2015. According to the bookmakers, a final return is not looking promising. But Vanja is here to defrost those odds.
What do you think of the poll results? Who is your favourite? Which ex-Yugoslav entry will do the best? Let us know in the comments below.