After three elaborate shows, Serbia’s national selection process, Beovizija, has finally come to end. Twelve acts had qualified from the semi-finals to do battle once more and to claim a spot in Tel Aviv for themselves. Emotions were high, the voices empowered and the tension was palpable. In the end Nevena Božović came out on top with the song “Kruna”, thus taking the reins of Serbia’s participation in Eurovision 2019.
Providing a solid and sophisticated stage show accompanied by flawless vocals, Nevena gave it her all on the Beovizija stage and it clearly paid off. It was professional and polished but most of all it created a moment to which the audience was able to relate.
We’re not particularly surprised. Nevena competed at Junior Eurovision 2007, and later formed part of Serbia’s Eurovision 2013 act Moje 3. But now she’s returning to the adult competition by going solo. It’s her turn and she’s ready to slay.
What happened during the show?
Over the course of last week, 24 acts were reduced to twelve. Tonight, Dragana Kosjerina and Ivan Mihailović as well as Nebojša Milovanović and Ana Babić, who hosted the first and second semi-finals respectively, came together to host the jam-packed evening. Opening the show was the winner of Wiwibloggs’ poll and last year’s runner up Saška Janks, while wrapping everything up was the lady in red, Aleksandra Sekulić.
|1.||Saška Janks||“Da li čuješ moj glas”|
|4.||Dženan Lončarević||“Nema suza”|
|5.||Wonder Strings & Ivana Vladović||“Moja bol”|
|11.||Nataša & Una||“Samo bez straha”|
On top of the 12 competing acts, Beovizija treated us to an epic interval. Last year we may have had a catalogue of Balkan artists, but this year we needed just one: Željko Joksimović. Dressed in a pure white costume, Željko was joined on stage by an array of Serbian musicians to perform his two timeless entries “Lane Moje” and “Nije Ljubav Stvar” as well as a few other famous numbers.
Similar to last year, the results of the competition were determined by both a jury and the public with 50% of the vote coming from industry experts and the remainder from televoting. 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.
Subsequent to the five jurors allocating their points, it was revealed that Nevena had topped the board with 56 points, receiving 3 sets of 12 points. The final results of the jury can be seen in the table below:
Of course, this only accounts for 50% of the total scores with the other half coming from the Serbian public. There was the usual dramatic suspense before each result was revealed but in the end it was Natasa & Una who stole the public’s vote with over 10000 SMS votes. Unfortunately, this was not enough to catch Nevena who came 3rd with the televote after she took the jury vote by storm.
So there you have it, Nevena has emerged victorious and will be flying the Serbian flag once again in Tel Aviv this May. Beovizija has, after many weeks, finally come to an end. It was a wild ride with much anticipation, speculation as well as a plethora of iconic interval acts but in the end we want to wish Serbia the best of luck for Eurovision 2019.
Are you pleased with the victor of Beovizija 2019? Do you think the Balkan republic will improve upon their result from last year? Let us know your opinion down in the comments below!