On Sunday night, Serbia will select their entrant for Eurovision 2019 in Tel Aviv using their national final Beovizija for the second year in a row. Twenty-four entries will battle it out over three spectacular nights for the right to represent Serbia. But first, the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — is here to give our take on the songs.

Antony

1.  Gipsycord – “Boje”

In a national final where so many songs just fly under the radar and blend into oblivion, there is just one song that really caught my attention and kept me going back. For me, ethnic sounds in a modern beat are like bees to honey. “Boje” has exceptional violin work supported by a thumping beat with a throwback twang and it’s just pure bliss. With fantastic vocals, it packs bags of fun and positivity. And just like with “Nova Deca”, Serbia can do it all over again.

2. Sofija Perić – “Aritmija”
3. Dženan Lončarević – “Nema suza”
4. Ivana Vladović & Wonder strings – “Moja Bol”
5. Saška Janks – “Da li čuješ moj glas?”

Antranig

1. Goga Stanić – “Čudo”

Karma, karma, come and dance with me. I’m not really feeling Beovizija this year. There are a lot of really nice songs but nothing that screams a really good Eurovision entry. Goga is my favourite with a modern upbeat number that would be a great addition to a dance playlist. However, I think Nevena Božović and Ivana Vladović & Wonder strings (my number six) are the acts that will achieve the best results for Serbia. The former screams discount “Molitva” and the latter screams discount “Nova Deca”. There’s hope for Serbia but some work needs to be done.

2. Sofija Perić – “Aritmija”
3. Nevena Božović – “Kruna”
4. Eleonora – “Samo Lagano”
5. Osvajači – “Voda i Plamen”

Barnabas

1. Funked Up – “Zašto da se ne desi?”

It’s been a while since I’ve last heard a song like this in the Eurovision bubble, and, well, this time Serbia serves a quality funk song with a little edge. The guitars and the brass blend together well with the electronic percussion, and the vocals are what make the song unique. Would they get the arena dancing? I’m quite sure of it.

2. Nevena Božović – “Kruna”
3. Osvajači – “Voda i Plamen”
4. Sanja Rio – “Ljubimo Se”
5. Ivana Vladović & Wonder strings – “Moja Bol”

Dayana

1. Dženan Lončarević – “Nema suza”

After spending half a year in Serbia, I got very addicted to Serbian traditional music. Listening to their distinctive sound combined with the Balkan language just brings me back to the carefree times spent in Kafanas (local bistros in ex-Yugoslav countries). To some “Nema suza” might sound rather dull; but you got to feel it, not just hear it. Listening to it for the first time literally just gave me goosebumps. Saška’s song would be more received by the Eurovision audience due to its modern and upbeat sound (that also luckily comprises the native Balkan vibe). Go traditional, folks.

2. Jana Šušteršič – “Viktorija”
3. Saška Janks – “Da li čuješ moj glas?”
4. Goga Stanić – “Čudo”
5. Ivana Vladović & Wonder strings – “Moja Bol”

Luis

1. Lord – “Radnički sin”

Balkan music and ska are my weak spot, so this entry is pure fantasy. It’s clear Serbia will not pick this in a million years, but what a bang it would be if they came up with this in Tel Aviv. It’s fun, easy on the ears and makes you want to move. There’s a sea of power ballads and heavy instrumental entries in Beovizija 2019, and look, we all know Serbians do those genres like no other. Isn’t it time to take a little risk?

2. Nevena Božović – “Kruna”
3. Ivana Vladović & Wonder strings – “Moja Bol”
4. Tamara Milanović – “Reči nisu dovoljne”
5. Majdan – “Budim Te”

Oliver

1. Sofija Perić – “Aritmija”

For a country that has such seasoned professionals as Jelena Karleusa and Sandra Afrika as well as up and coming artists like Luke Black or Teodora, this selection is somewhat of a disappointment. Many of the songs were a total blur to me after listening to them all. Nevertheless one managed to stand out and that was Sofija Perić with the song “Aritmija”. Many songs followed a rather bland progression but when this number appeared it was a breath of fresh air. It is modern, fresh and fun to listen to. With the right staging, I could see this doing well in the contest.

2. Nevena Božović – “Kruna”
3. Saška Janks – “Da li čuješ moj glas?”
4. Dženan Lončarević – “Nema suza”
5. Ivana Vladović & Wonder strings – “Moja Bol”

Patrick

1. Nataša & Una – “Samo bez straha”

Now this was tougher than I initially thought it would be, especially deciding between my first place and runner-up. What made the decision easier was the strength, the feminine girl power mixed with that Serbian touch that this entry brings to the plate. And that rap part just put it over every other song, making it different and standing out. The mixture between their tone of voices harmonises perfectly and the bold “I don’t care” vibe makes it a definite winner for me and definitely the best act Serbia could send to Tel Aviv. You go, girls!

2. Nevena Božović – “Kruna”
3. Ivana Vladović & Wonder strings – “Moja Bol”
4. Snežana Berić – Extra Nena – “Još ti čujem glas”
5. Saška Janks – “Da li čuješ moj glas?”

Robyn

1. Ivana Vladović & Wonder strings – “Moja Bol”

There are a lot of strong contenders in this year’s lineup — and in a way I would be happy with any of my top five going to Tel Aviv. But at the top of my list is “Moja Bol”. It serves loads of drama, building on layers of vocal intensity and the string accompaniment. There’s a lot of potential for the staging to intensify the theatrics even more. It comes with a distinct Serbian sound but isn’t too rooted in tradition. If this all works out live, it would be a good choice to take to Tel Aviv.

2. Saška Janks – “Da li čuješ moj glas?”
3. Ivan Kurtić – “Bela”
4. Lord – “Radnički sin”
5. Dženan Lončarević – “Nema suza”

Which juror’s opinion do you most agree with? Who do you think should win Beovizija and represent Serbia at Eurovision this year? Let us know in the comment section down below!

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NIKA
NIKA
2 years ago

Nevena Bozovic ?

Alex
Alex
2 years ago

Meine Favoriten sind Nevena and MR DOO.

Milan
Milan
2 years ago

Nevena Bozovic- Kruna , she deserves it.

David
David
2 years ago

All the juries put Nevena on the second place, that means she is the one who should represent Serbia.

Lena
Lena
2 years ago

Nevena has a great song with a powerful message. I hope she will win the contest.

Milan
Milan
2 years ago

Nevena Božovi? definitely

Eurofan Mexico
Eurofan Mexico
2 years ago

I must to san this in Paniagua, NI USTEDES SE DECIDEN POR UNA FSVIRITA POR QUE ESTÁN TODAS HORRIBLES Y DE MÚSICA VARATA Y ANTICUADA please send again a Seiko Song

Stevan
Stevan
2 years ago

what

Yaa
Yaa
2 years ago

Strange reviews as ever. Bad taste or pushing Serbia under the tram? Sick game.

Anita
Anita
2 years ago

I love ska. But Eurovision don’t 😉

Apple
Apple
2 years ago

Kruna is the best by farrr

Redmoon
Redmoon
2 years ago

”Moja Bol” is the best one for sure. I like Nema Suza (the one that will win) as well but that song isn’t really for Eurovision

Balint
Balint
2 years ago

My favorite is Saška Janks, with Nevena Božovi? closely behind

Loin dici
Loin dici
2 years ago

Am I the only one loving Extra Nena’s song? (besides Boje, of course)

Ksenija
Ksenija
2 years ago

Serbian girl here. I don’t like any song, maybe “moja bol” isn’t that bad but if this is the best we can offer. ..

esc stan
esc stan
2 years ago

No one should represent Serbia from this bunch because all songs are mediocre
Send Karleuša instead
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noone
noone
2 years ago
Reply to  esc stan

haha YES, I would love to see Jelena Karleuša in ESC! I mean, I don’t like her or her music of course, but I would love to see her crazy show :-))

Zhuz
Zhuz
2 years ago

Only Sashka!!

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
2 years ago

Has to be Kruna for me.

eurovision6
eurovision6
2 years ago

The fact that no one has Kruna as their #1 says more about your music taste than anything else..

Gurl
Gurl
2 years ago

Tbh, I have no idea from this studio versions, I will wait for live performances of finalists

NickC
NickC
2 years ago

My God, this is all over. You guys should also publish total scores so we have an idea who has a chance to win.

M_K
M_K
2 years ago

It’s a risky selection of songs. Quite a few of them have kind of a 1908s feel to them, many of them are mid-tempo, the majority of them has an elaborate arrangement. but might lack that instant “Eurovision” appeal. I think “Moja bol” is the one that might work best in Tel Aviv. It’s not a radio song, it’s not a winner but it’s a quite good song (with that kind of dramatic appeal that is borderline tacky, which makes it even more interesting). Then again, Slovenia had a similar concept in 2009 and it was a disaster.

Catriona Colville
Catriona Colville
2 years ago

So everyone apart from Robyn seems to have lost heir minds. I expect loads of point for about 4 different entries, instead they give top points to songs to songs right at the bottom of the pile.

Serbian20
Serbian20
2 years ago

Just very bad songs. If anything is going to get the points from both the jury and the televote it’s Nevena Božovi?, Saška Janks and Dženan Lon?arevi?. Everything else is just forgetable and you could actually make a good national final with just those 3 songs.

Colin
Colin
2 years ago

I already wrote my reviews on each song. Now I’m waiting for live performances. How 2019 goes, I wouldn’t be surprised if Serbia picks the most forgettable one of the lot. Hope not.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
2 years ago

i love how each has a different favorite…. says a lot about the selection tho

José
José
2 years ago

My favorite is “Moja bol”. But it’s already obvious that Dzenan will win.

Catriona Colville
Catriona Colville
2 years ago
Reply to  José

How so?

José
José
2 years ago

He’s famous in ex-Yugo states so it’ll be like Bilal. His video on YT already have lots of views.

EuroBalkan
EuroBalkan
2 years ago
Reply to  José

I hope he doesn’t. The song is good for historical movie but not for Eurovision.
I can agree with you. Moja bol is the only decent song with the potential of good staging.