It has been a quiet few months in Serbia with the last Eurovision update surfacing around a month ago. However, earlier today, RTS blessed us with some long awaited news — the list of artists competing in this year’s Beovizija.
At the end of November, we reported that RTS had received 76 submissions for their national selection process. Information regarding the artists and composers was all kept anonymous during the finalisation of the line up, to reduce any kind of potential favouritism. After much speculation as to who was getting involved, we finally know the 24 artists hoping to represent Serbia in Tel Aviv this May.
Who is in the running?
While we haven’t heard the songs yet, we do know the artists and the titles of their entries. A more detailed list can be found on RTS’s website but here is a quick list of who is taking part and the titles of the songs.
|Ivana Vladović & Wonder strings||“Moja Bol”||“My Pain”|
|Snežana Berić – Extra Nena||“Još ti čujem glas”||“I Still Hear Your Voice”|
|Sanja Rio||“Ljubimo se”||“We Love Each Other”|
|Nataša & Una||“Samo bez straha”||“Just without fear”|
|Saška Janks||“Da li čuješ moj glas?”||“Do You Hear My Voice?”|
|Dženan Lončarević||“Nema suza”||“No Tears”|
|Funked Up||“Zašto da se ne desi?”||“Why Shouldn’t It Happen?”|
|Majdan||“Budim Te”||“I’m Waking You Up”|
|Ana Popović||“Lutaš”||“You Wander”|
|Osvajači||“Voda i plamen”||“Water and Flame”|
|Eleonora||“Samo Lagano”||“Just Slowly”|
|Lord||“Radnički sin”||“Worker’s Son”|
|Tina & Lola Amvon||“Tvoje oči”||“Your Eyes”|
|MR DOO||“Do 100”||“Up to 100”|
|Lana & Aldo||“Pogledaj u nebo”||“Look at the Sky”|
|Tamara Milanović||“Reči nisu dovoljne”||“Words Aren’t Enough”|
A few familiar artists
Whilst perusing through the list, you may have stumbled upon a few familiar faces. One of the most notable is former Eurovision and Junior Eurovision representative Nevena Božović. Earning a very credible third place in the child contest back in 2007, Nevena tried her luck again in 2013 as a member of Moje 3. While that attempt didn’t really manifest itself in terms of results, perhaps 2019 will prove to be more successful.
Another noteworthy name is Beovizija 2018 runner up, Saška Janks. Saška has been to Eurovision a few times as a backing vocalist for Milan Stanković (2010), Nina (2011) and Bojana Stamenov (2015). However, last year, she proved that she is able to take the reigns as a soloist and come within touching distance of representing Serbia. Fun fact — she and Nevena both took part in the same edition of the Serbian talent show Prvi Glas Srbije as well as the national final to choose Serbia’s entry for Eurovision 2013.
Someone else to keep an eye on is Eurovision 1992 participant Ekstra Nena (Snežana Berić). Snežana was the last artist to represent Yugoslavia before it disintegrated in the 90s, performing the song “Ljubim te pesmama“. Rounding out the familiar names in the artist department is another contestant from last year — Lord, who sang the upbeat and cheerful number “Nek Se Samo Okreće“.
Notable faces behind the scenes
On the production side, a few notable names have appeared. Sanja Ilić, the front man behind Serbia’s 2018 song in the Eurovision Song Contest is working as a composer alongside MR DOO. In addition to Sanja, Leontina Vukomanović, who has been responsible for numerous Serbian JESC entries, is also collaborating on this project.
Finally, Vladimir Graić, the composer of Serbia’s most illustrious entry (“Molitva“) as well as Bojana Stamenov’s thumping disco number, is working with two entrants this year. Sofija Perić and Jana Šušteršić both have numbers composed by Graić, albeit with differing lyricists. Furthermore, Vladimir Graić is also responsible for one of the songs competing in this year’s Montevizija. Someone has been hard at work these past few months!
Unfortunately, neither the official date for the release of the 24 competing songs nor the date of Beovizija itself have been announced. Hopefully, we won’t have to wait too long for our dreams to be realised as last year’s contest was one of the most entertaining national finals of 2018.
What do you think of the artists that have been announced. Are you excited by the line-up and familiar faces? Be sure to leave a comment down below!
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