Nevena Bozovic will represent Serbia at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv with her song “Kruna” which translates to Crown in English. It’s a soulful love song delivered with power that serves to accentuate Nevena’s vocal talents.
Nevena was chosen to represent Serbia by winning Beovizija 2019, its national selection show. She’s hoping to score the country’s second Eurovision victory. Its first and only victory was back in 2007 when Serbia debuted as an independent country. Marija Serifovic stunned Europe with the haunting ballad “Molitva”.
As we count down to Israel, we’ve compiled 10 facts you need to know about Nevena Bozovic. Are you ready? Let’s do this!
1. Third time’s a charm on the Eurovision stage
We all recognise Nevena as part of Moje 3, the girlband who represented Serbia at Eurovision 2013 in Malmö. She, alongside Sara Jo and Mirna Radolovic, finished 11th in the semi-final with the iconic “Ljubav je Svuda”. However, Nevena’s Moje 3 appearance wasn’t her first time on the Eurovision stage. In 2007, Nevena represented Serbia at Junior Eurovision in the Netherlands with the song “Pisi Mi”. She finished third, Serbia’s best result at the contest.
2. She has a degree
Our girl Nevena has beauty and brains. Whilst managing to enjoy a successful pop career, Nevena has been hitting the books and holds a degree in music from the University of Arts in Belgrade.
3. She made Eurovision History
Moje 3’s Eurovision performance was iconic in more ways than one. By appearing on the adult Eurovision stage, Nevena became the first performer in Eurovision herstory to compete in both the junior and adult versions of the contest. Following her appearance in 2013, more Junior Eurovision alumni such as Michele Perniola, Anita Simoncini and OG3NE have followed in her footsteps by representing their country in both editions of the contest.
4. Singing competitions? She’s a pro!
Back in 2012 Nevena finished second in Prvi Glas Srbije, Serbia’s answer to The Voice. This is how she met fellow Moje 3 members Sara and Mirna. More recently, Nevena represented Serbia in Slavianski Bazaar 2017 in Belarus. She placed third place after a stunning rendition of Christina Aguillera’s “Hurt”. Not to mention that she’s snatched the crown in three national Eurovision and Junior Eurovision Selections: Izbor za decju pesmu Eurovizije in 2007, Beosong in 2013 as part of Moje 3 and of course, Beovizija in 2019.
5. She’s a Barbara Dex award winner
Even though they didn’t take the Eurovision trophy to Belgrade, Moje 3 didn’t leave Sweden empty handed as they were awarded the annual Barbara Dex Award for worst costumes on stage. Designed by Serbian designer Ana Ljubinkovic, the outfits were meant to convey the optimistic message of their Eurovision song. Our William thought Nevena’s dress oozed “1950s pin-up babe”. Deban thought it was a “HOT mess”. You be the judge!
6. She’s your favourite from Moje 3
Following the tragic disbandment of Moje 3 (we’re still hopeful for a reunion!), wiwibloggs conducted a poll to find out your favourite member of the group. A total of 1,146 votes were cast and Nevena came out on top as your favourite with 626 votes. She was closely followed by Sara’s 550 votes, with Mirna coming in third with a total of 270 votes. We know you’re as happy as we are to see Nevena back at Eurovision!
7. She’s a vegetarian
We love a girl who cares for the environment! When asked about her favourite food in a Google Hangout back in 2013 with our William, Nevena explained that she was vegetarian and obsessed over risotto. Luckily for Nevena, Tel Aviv is known as the Vegan Capital of the World, so there’ll be plenty of options for our veggie-queen.
8. She plays piano
Is there anything that Nevena can’t do? Through the years, Nevena has proven herself to be more than just a singer, but also a talented pianist. As far as her Eurovision entry “Kruna” is concerned, she’s a one woman show, writing both the music and lyrics for the track. Maybe we’ll see a piano on stage in Tel Aviv?
9. She’s made movie soundtracks
Earlier this year, Nevena dabbled in Serbian cinema and recorded the single “Prazni Snovi”, which served as the soundtrack for the film Psi Umiru Sami (Dogs Die Alone, in English). The film’s main character is Viktor, who trades in his office job and monotonous city life to go to rural Serbia in search of peace and freedom. Gritty! Take a look at the music video, which features short clips from the film.
10. She’s a keen skier
When Nevena isn’t working, she’s usually skiing and making us all jealous with the snowy pictures she posts to her Instagram page. She loves the sport so much that she even filmed the music video for her 2014 single “Znam de Nocas Gubim te” in the snowy mountains of Kopaonki.
We can’t wait to see Nevena Bozovic slay again on the Eurovision stage in May. We know she’s going to BRING IT! How do you think she will perform this year? Do you think our queen will finally take her “Kruna” this year? Let us know in the comments below.