She is the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 and one of the biggest pop stars in Serbia. And on Friday Marija Serifovic gave the biggest concert of her career so far at the sold-out Stark Arena in Belgrade.
More commonly known as Belgrade Arena, it’s the same venue where the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 was held (following Marija’s win) and can accommodate more than 20,000 fans.
A concert in one of the biggest arenas in the Balkans was a perfect way for Serifovic to celebrate the anniversary of her debut album Naj, najbolja 15 years ago.
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The singer opened the concert with her 2015 hit “Pametna i luda” (Smart and Crazy) and then went on to greet and thank the audience.
“Good evening, Belgrade! And now it is my turn. And, of course, it would not have happened without you. Thank you to eternity for coming here tonight.”
And now it is my turn was the slogan under which Serifovic promoted the concert — and it fit rather well, as several other well-known singers had had concerts at the same venue in previous weeks.
The highlight of the evening was “Molitva“, her winning Eurovision entry, which she performed with her original backing vocalists from Helsinki — the Beauty Queens.
Another highlight was the performance of special guest Lepa Brena, one of the biggest music stars of the former Yugoslavia, who remains highly popular even now.
After the concert, Serifovic posted a photograph of her on stage with the audience in the background and wrote:
“I do not know what words to use to describe how I feel about what you did for me yesterday. You have given me so much love… My audience is the best in the world! Thank you, Belgrade! You know… 💙”
“I dedicate this whole concert to people who love music and listen to it with all their bodies, hearts and souls,” she told TV Prva shortly before stepping out on stage.
Numerous celebrities attended the concert to support Serifovic on her big day, including Jelena Karleusa, her colleague from the jury of the talent show Zvezde Granda, and Jelena Tomasevic, who represented Serbia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008.
Serifovic is now preparing for another big concert, which will be held on the 23rd of June at Kosevo Stadium in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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Photo credits: Mondo.rs