National final season is slowly coming to a close and Serbia finally kicked off their much anticipated selection process: Beovizija 2019. Twelve acts competed in the first of two semi-finals for six spots in the final on Sunday 3rd March. They served drama, passion and soul….but only the best would ultimately advance to the next round.
Who was in the running?
In total, Beovizija 2019 has 24 entries — 12 in each semi. Hosted by Dragana Kosjerina and Ivan Mihailović, the Serbian national selection showcased everything that the Balkan nation had to offer. The contest was kicked off with an explosive performance from the aptly named Funked Up and was wrapped up by diva-duo Natasa & Una with their number “Samo bez straha”. Additionally, last year’s returnee and winner of our poll for Beoviija, Saška Janks, performed in this semi-final along with the ultimate Yugoslav entrant in Eurovision – Extra Nena.
|1.||Funked Up||“Zašto da se ne desi”|
|3.||Osvajači||“Voda i plamen”|
|5.||Mr. Doo||“Do 100”|
|6.||Saška Janks||“Da li čuješ moj glas”|
|9.||Extra Nena||“Još ti čujem glas”|
|11.||Wonder Strings & Ivana Vladović||“Moja bol”|
|12.||Nataša & Una||“Samo bez straha”|
On top of the 12 competing acts, in true Beovizija fashion, we were treated to a star-spangled list of interval acts. Much like last year where we had a catalogue of former Balkan Eurovision entries, numerous Eurovision acts from bygone years took to the stage once more to entertain the crowd. Bojana, Sanja and Jacques Houdek gave us a powerful rendition of Loreen’s “Euphoria”, which was then followed up by a solo performance of “Beauty Never Lies” by Bojana herself. To top that, Jacques Houdek, Sanja as well as Knez then performed their Eurovision entries one after another as well as cover of “Moltiva”, after which we were finally taken to the results.
Which lucky six made the final cut?
The axe had to fall. Only six acts would advance to the grand final from each heat to the grand final on Sunday. These were determined by both a jury of music professionals and a televote. In no particular order, the top six of the night that advanced to the final were:
1. Aleksandra Sekulić – “Tugo”
2. Saška Janks – “Da li čuješ moj glas”
3. Nataša & Una – “Samo bez straha”
4. Ivan Kurtić – “Bella”
5. Wonder Strings & Ivana Vladović – “Moja bol”
6. Sofija Perić – “Aritmija”
These six will be joined by six more acts who will qualify from tomorrow’s heat, bringing us to twelve finalists still in the running for Tel Aviv. Very soon, 24 will come down to 1 and Serbia will have their entrant for Eurovision 2019
What do you make of the six who advanced to the final? Are you surprised by the results? Did your favourite make the final cut? Let us know your opinion in the comments down below!