On May 10 they were among the ten acts that managed to qualify from the second semi-final to the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. And as a bit of stress-relief before the grand final on May 12, Balkanika decided to make fun of themselves.
The band released a parody of their performanceon their official YouTube channel, with each member impersonating another member.
Balkanika — “Nova deca”: Parody
Danica Krstic, the lead female vocalist, impersonated the flute player Ljuba Dimitrijevic; the lead male vocalist Mladen Lukic impersonated Danica Krstic; and the drummer Sale Radulovic impersonated vocalist Nevena Paripovic. Nevena Ivanovic, who designed Balkanika’s onstage costumes, impersonated Mladen. And Iva Banicevic, the third female vocalist, filmed the whole video.
Regardless of whether you follow all of that or not, you’ll surely appreciate this insight into how one delegation unwinds in their spare time.
The constant laughter and the ironic approach to their performance convey the group’s camaraderie — something we noticed during our extended blue carpet interview with them on Sunday. It was our longest interview of the night owing to their chatty nature and ability to make fun of each other and themselves.
Although the odds were not on their side and many viewers consider them as a surprise qualifier, the group remained confident about their act heading into the final.
“It’s really important that people understood the things we are about to say, or were saying, about new children, about love and about those children who make a better world for us,” Mladen Lukic said at the press conference after the second semi-final.
“We are those new children, so start making this world better. Have you heard it?”