We may have known who will be participating in Beovizija 2019 since January, however, each entrant’s respective song has been shrouded in a blanket of mystery – until now. As of this morning, RTS have published all 24 competing entries in the Serbian national selection on their official YouTube channel.  Let’s have a brief run-down of the show, now that we know all the details, acts and songs.

Reminder of who is in the running

This year’s Beovizija holds a plethora of familiar faces, names and returnees.  Nevena Božović, who not only competed in the adult competition but the junior competition too, is eyeing a return to the contest.  The same can be said for Extra Nena, the ultimate Yugoslav representative in Eurovision after an illustrious history in the contest.

A couple of names from last year’s edition of Beovizija are also aiming to take one step further than last time. They are, last year’s runner up, Saška Janks, Ivan Kurtić and Lord, both of whom achieved top ten results last year. Two other names who could be on your radar are Jana Šušteršič, participant in Slovenia’s EMA 2015, and Dženan Lončarević, who has produced numerous multi-million-view hits over the past few years.

Those are just a select few of the total 24 artists competing in Beovizija 2019 but be sure to have a peruse through the remaining artists as well as all the songs in the playlist below.

Artist Song Translation
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”
Jana Šušteršič “Viktorija” “Victoria”
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?”
Goga Stanić “Čudo” “Miracle”
Majdan “Budim Te” “I’m Waking You Up”
Sofija Perić “Aritmija” “Arrhythmia”
Ana Popović “Lutaš” “You Wander”
Aleksandra Sekulić “Tugo” “Sadness”
Osvajači “Voda i plamen” “Water and Flame”
Gipsycord “Boje” “Colours”
Dunja Vujadinović “7” “7”
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”
Ivan Kurtić “Bela” “White”
Nevena Božović “Kruna” “Crown”
Lana & Aldo “Pogledaj u nebo” “Look at the Sky”
Tamara Milanović “Reči nisu dovoljne” “Words Aren’t Enough”

How will the show play out?

In contrast to last year where there was only one Beovizija show, this year we will be treated to three nights of Serbian music – two semi-finals and a grand final.  Each semi-final will hold twelve acts, out of which only six will advance to the grand final on Sunday 3rd March.

Similar to last year, the result of the competition will be determined by both a jury and a public with 50% of the vote coming from industry experts and the remainder from televoting. It is unknown, as of yet, who the jurors are or how many there will be but the manner in which the votes will be announced is going to be the same as last year.

This means that after the jurors have allocated all their points, these will be converted into 12, 10 8-1 based upon an entrant’s jury ranking. With that, the televoting results will follow in a similar fashion, with the highest ranked act receiving 12 points, the second highest receiving 10, and so on. The artist with the highest amount of points at the end will win the right to represent Serbia in Tel Aviv this May.

Furthermore, instead of taking place in New Belgrade’s “Sava Centar”, like last year, this year, Beovizija will be broadcast from RTS’s Studio 8 and 9. Viewers will be able to watch the contest on RTS 1 or on the broadcaster’s online portal RTS Planeta. The show will begin at 21:00 CET so clear your calendars! In addition to this, each artist will have the opportunity to promote their entry on Serbian television during the Jutarnji Program (Morning Program) or during the Šarenica TV show.

Who should win Beovizija 2019

There you have it, 24 entries but only one can prevail. Will we be seeing a familiar face representing Serbia this year in Tel Aviv or will someone fresh take hold of the reigns for the Balkan republic? Be sure to have a listen through all the songs and cast your vote in our poll below! You can vote for as many acts as you like, but you can only vote ONE time. Tick the box next to each act you want to support before pressing submit.

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Film

I like Dunja Vujadinovic – “7” and few other outsiders.

Luka
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Luka

Saska is a world class singer with a powerful song. Go Saska! ??

Colin
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Colin

8. Samo bez straha (No fear / Get rid of the fear) – also miscredited as Slobodna (Free) – It’s a song about female consolidation against domestic violence. The lyrics are quite empowering and the rhythm is very well composed to go alongside the encouraging message. It accentuates that victims should ask for help and that they have a full support from their loved ones. The rap part seems a bit unnecessary and it’s not as good, even if the lyrics are decent in it as well. Sanja Vucic’s song about the same topic was much better, but this one… Read more »

Mika
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Mika

Very powerful and nice voice!

Mika
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Mika

I mean Ms. Jankovic

Colin
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Colin

16. Tvoje oci (read: ochi) (Your Eyes) – Now we are getting past bad songs, getting into the middle grounds. There are many, many ballads in this year’s Beovizija and this one just doesn’t hold-up. It’s pleasant and the lyrics aren’t that bad. It’s about finding consolation in your partner’s eyes. It’s just quite boring, which is a shame, because they even try to make a build-up at the end. It also reminds me of the Estonian 2018 NF entry Sky which had 2 female vocalists for no apparent reason, as this is also a song that doesn’t require a… Read more »

Danijel
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Danijel

We’re waiting for your reviews 😉

Colin
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Colin

Sorry, I was busy yesterday with everyday obligations and 4 NFs, so I will post them today. I hope you like them, or at least find them helpful. 🙂

Komentator
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Komentator

This should represent us!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sy68aGbZI7w

Colin
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Colin

24. Eleonora: Samo lagano (Only gently/slowly) – It’s complete garbage! This is an example of what we in this parts call ”cajka” (pronounce it ”tsayka”). It’s a pop-folk genre which usually combines terrible lyrics (mostly about cheap seduction, sometimes with nationalistic and chauvinistic implications) with really cheap dum-dum beat. This is terrible even by the standard of cajkas, She sings about how ”real man” can handle her ”only gently”, but that she is still a strong woman. The lyrics are simply atrocious. Experimenting with some foreign words only cheapens it further. I’d be embarrassed if this wins. – 0.5/10 23.… Read more »

Colin
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Colin

Hey, everyone! As I got no response as to whether the songs will get separate articles, I will review them here. Every day I will post 8 song reviews, from my bottom to top. I don’t review all NFs to detail, but with Serbia I feel like I can contribute, knowing the lyrics and everything. Also, remember, as always, that this is MY opinion only and doesn’t reflect how you might think or how Serbian NF jury or televote will think. I hope you enjoy my reviews as such.

Emilia
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Emilia

None of the songs stood out to me. I don’t think we will reach the final this year. Maybe with “Moja bol” by Sashka tho, if the luck serves us well…

Komentator
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Komentator

Saska’s song is perfect!!!Lyrics is very very catchy…Maybe to upgrade refrain and it will complete…”za tebe babo, za tebe mamo…” is part which is added right on to polemise you.

Luca
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Luca

Saska wrote so emotional lyrics for the deceased parents 🙁

Denis
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Denis

They all sound the same, soul or ballads or both. No variety, where’s the musical diversity?
It doesn’t matter which one is chosen really, the result will be the same. Serbia won’t reach top 10 this year..

Comeee
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Comeee

Out of 24 songs, 4 stood out for me. So my top 4 would be: 4. and 3. are tied: *Will probably grow on me even more after live performances* Sashka Janx – Da li cujes moj glas; -I have to admit-I was kinda disappointed with this one after the first listening. I LOVED her last year’s attempt. The thing is, I didn’t expect this kind of song. But once I got used to it, I got addicted. And no doubt that the song will grow on me even more after the live performance(Pesma za tebe literally jumped from 5th… Read more »

Milye
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Milye

Such a good review. I’m concerned about the same thing. Dzenan has a huge chance to win just because he is popular and that’s not good

Danijel
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Danijel

I couldnt agree more… For it’s Nevena or Tamara. I like Tamara a bit better. Sounds fresh and modern, still Balkan. She hopefully nails this and she has something kind of uniqueness.

Alex
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Alex

”Moja bol” is by far the best song, it sounds like something that could go at least top 15 with right performance, I’m surprised it doesn’t have more votes. ”Da li cujes moj glas” has terrible chorus. ”Kruna” and ”Nema Suza” are decent but nothing special.

Djoka
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Djoka

Saaska, Nevena, Ivana, Dzenan and Ivan are fanciers.

Djoka
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Djoka

Funked up is yakon

Djoka
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Djoka

Funked up is yakon!

Héctor
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Héctor

Almost all of them sound the same. Tbh, I haven’t listened the 24 entries, I think I’m going to wait for the 12 finalists. By now, the fan fav “Da li cuje moj glas” sounds good, though it has some twists I don’t like at all.

Colin
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Colin

Dear Wiwibloggs, do you have in plan to review these songs in separate articles or can I start posting my reviews here?

Rasmus
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Rasmus

3 of them i like. I would say Kruna for the win:)

Mikulas
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Mikulas

Saska ” Da li cujes moj glas” is for me the real Esc Song.
Has everything, emotions, power, hype! Her voice is just wonderful! can stop listening !

diciloin
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I love Boje, that disco vibe is sexy.

Loin dici
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Loin dici

This is a test of Gravatar, leave it aside…

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Wonder Strings & Ivana and Nevena are my favorites so far. But I would like to read their lyrics before jumping on any conclusion between them.

Colin
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Colin

Kruna (The Crown) lyrics: Gentle look is the only one to calm down the soul. Oooooo… I love you. The night is long. Without you there’s a sorrow. Give me your hand. Never let go. Everything for you. I give myself to you. Chorus: Let the world hear me now! I defend you with my life! Let everyone see us now. Everyone should know that I am yours forever. The crown is yours, my love. I want you to know that it belongs to you. Everything for you. I give myself to you. Chorus: Let the world hear me now!… Read more »

Colin
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Colin

Moja bol (My Pain) lyrics: Everything is the same. Love hurts me when it touches me. I get accustomed with that, but you still follow me like an unease (It’s hard to translate this, because ”nemir” is a feeling of unease very rarely described as a person like here). You don’t sleep, and I wanted to make you asleep in my heart. Chorus: You forever owe me! You are my avers and revers! And when the ink spills… This is my pain! You owe me everything… How dare you be missing for the whole eternity! And when the ink spills…… Read more »

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Thank you so much, Colin! 🙂 The curious thing is that those songs could be talking about different moments of the same relationship. In terms of lyrics, I think they’re in a similar level. But the strings make me lean toward “Moja bol”, because it seems we won’t have anything like this one in this year’s Eurovision.

Marko
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Marko

Moja bol!

Biyonse
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Biyonse

Nevena for me. Sorry but I don’t understand the hype about Saska’s song. It’s absolutely horrible

filipko54
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filipko54

sentence “Za tebe babo” in Sashka’s song sounds kinda funny in Czech 😀 it means something like “for you old woman” or “for you grandma” but it’s not very nice when you say “babo” to somebody 😀 “baba” can also mean “hot girl” but I never use it like that 😀 anyway.. Nevena is best for me 🙂

hi2222
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hi2222

it kinda means the same in Serbian, but in this context in means for you, father.

Marko
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Marko

No, maybe in bosnian but not in serbian. In serbian it means just like in czech.

Milye
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Milye

Grandma in Serbian is baba but in south Serbia, Bosnia many people for father say “Babo” instead of “Tata”.

Stevan
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Stevan

Nevena is my clear favourite, with Saška close behind

juandb
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juandb

Goga Stanic – “Ti Znas Da Ne Znas” ?????
Her song is “Cudo”

meow
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meow

i dont get why people are sleeping on slobodna!

Lazar
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Lazar

Oh no , I lovee it!! They are a nice surprise

beccaboo1212
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One word: “Kruna”

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Still going through them now….but YES! This one is epic!

Zekira
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Zekira

Saška, Nevena or Dženan will win, but I think that Dženan has the biggest chance. I’m from Bosnia and Herzegovina and he is very popular singer in this region of Balkan. Just his appearance on this festival gives him a preference. His song has a powerful message and people here like it. He also always slays live so these are reasons why he is favourite for win

Deruk
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Deruk

Anyone else hearing “Bigger than Us” in Sofija’s “Aritmija”? Lol

Milye
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Milye

No.. And, it can’t be plagiarism since song is sent to RTS much before UK songs were posted

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

You’re not alone. There are definitely parts that sound similar!

Gobio
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Gobio

Dženan’s song really gives me an Hari Mata Hari vibe,
and that’s definitely the vibe they should go for – nobody can’t resist a good Balkan ballad, I just hope they remove those awful trumpet transition, and replace it with some softer sounding instruments like Violin, Cello etc’.

Saska and Nevena are also amazing, and over Amazing quality from Serbia this year!

Milye
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Milye

I like Dzenan’s song but i think it wouldn’t do well. If it was 2009 then yes but now no..

Colin
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Colin

After listening to them twice, I would say that these songs are better ones of the selection: Jos ti cujem glas, Nema suza, Kruna, Da li cujes moj glas, Moja bol and Viktorija.
On the other hand, Pogledaj u nebo, Cudo, Zasto da se ne desi, Do 100, Ljubimo se and especially Samo lagano are absolutely terrible.

eurovision6
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eurovision6

Kruna has potential, I wont say anything else because I dont want to be sad when it doesnt win..

Milye
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Milye

Yeah i totally agree but i’m scared Dzenan will win because he is the most popular among them and our people always want traditional songs to represent us. If he wins, we can say goodbye to grand final…

BOMBO FUEGO TEMPO
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BOMBO FUEGO TEMPO

Sashka or nothing

Apple
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Apple

Kruna is perfect

Evan
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Evan

Where’s the love for “Aritmija”? It’s reminding me of Mirela and “Contigo,” only Serbian in language and character rather than Spanish.

Meliris
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Meliris

No love here because melodically it reminds me of the generic british song that was chosen recently.

Gurl
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Gurl

I like Dzenan

miki
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miki

Dženan of course

Milan
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Milan

Saška all the way!

PP77
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PP77

1.Gypsykord
2.Saska
3.Dzenan
4.Ivana
5.Ivan

But Dzenan will win. Other have chance only if juries put him from 4 to 12 place in final to get 0 to 7 points , but that won t happen. He will get 12 pts from televote, 10 or 8 Nevena or Saska

Jonas
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Jonas

I love Nevena’s song!!! But those English lyrics are so unnecessary.

Danijel
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Danijel

All the way for Tamara. sounds international. And she proved she can deliver. Nevena is also good.

Milye
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Milye

Nevena Bozovic def has the best song. Also Saska and Ivana are great!

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

I choose “Moja Bol”. After Molitva and Oro I actually thought that Serbia would become a major Eurovision player. Turns out it was only Graic and Joksimovic and while Joksimovic always brought good stuff, Graic lost his mojo. The Serbian language is so beautiful, but for me personally, this selection is so lackluster again. I’ll go back to my Sanremo favorites.

Tedi
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Tedi

Ivana & Wonder Strings or Sashka. The only two songs worth and good for Eurovision. Dzenan has a good song but it’s not for Eurovision. The rest is sad…sad.

Dani
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Dani

There is no such thing as “not for Eurovision”. It’s a song contest for all the music genres.

Tedi
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Tedi

There is. Some songs are simply made for targeted audience. That’s why there is hit songs and ordinary songs. You get how much you invest in it.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

Tell that to Portugal 2017 and Ukraine 2016. What audience did they target, exactly?

Henrikh Mugosa
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Henrikh Mugosa

Ukraine 2016 was blatantly directed to the anti-Russia sentiment in many countries. Portugal 2017 appealed to the sentimental side of the audience & benefited from the fact that no other song did the same. All songs have targets. Some targets are broader than others, though.

Colin
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Colin

Small correction in translation: Ivan Kurtic’s song is named Bela (with one ”l”), not Bella (with two ”l”) and it doesn’t mean a female name Bella, but simply means ”white” in Serbian. ”Bela” means white when it’s a female adjective. Male adjective would be ”beli” and the middle gender one would be ”belo”.

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

Serbia gave us what we expected – some Eastern pop, some Balkan tunes and a lot of female power ballads. I’m not particularly fond of any of this songs, but I find Funked Up, Ivan Kurtic and Saska’s songs quite enjoyable, simply because they stand out to me. And kudos to Serbia for giving us Serbian-language songs once again!

Milye
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Milye

Ivan’s song would be good if it wasn’t a plagiarism.

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

Which song do you mean? I must admit I’ve got some Indila vibes.

Milye
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Milye

Yup! Darniere Danse