The Eurovision 2019 entries from ex-Yugoslavia are a diverse bunch. While we see the typical Balkan ballad, we also have a power ballad and a pop group in the mix.
Bosnia & Herzegovina are still on an extended break from the Eurovision stage – so this year’s former Yugoslav countries consist of Croatia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Slovenia.
We asked you to vote for your favourite entry from a former Yugoslav country. A total of 4,986 votes were cast and the results are in.
1. Slovenia – Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl “Sebi”
After tallying up the vote, Slovenia’s Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl emerged as a clear-cut favourite. The sweet couple and their song “Sebi” took 2,185 votes, gathering just over 43% of all votes cast.
The young duo won their national final in a landslide buoyed by the power of their real-world relationship. And with this poll result, Slovenia’s intoxicating loved up duo could turn qualifying for the final into a streak, qualifying for the first time last year since 2016.
2. North Macedonia – Tamara Todevska “Proud”
Thanks to her, we’re proud. North Macedonia’s returning singer Tamara Todevska made many of you feel her emotion in “Proud”, taking 1,166 votes, gathering just over 23% of all votes cast.
The ballad marks North Macedonia’s first entry under their new country name. It’s been 11 years since Tamara Todevska took to the Eurovision stage in Belgrade with Vrcak and Adrian. But with the stage now hers alone, she’s looking to finally take her country back to the grand final.
3. Serbia – Nevena Božović “Kruna”
An entry from yet another returning artist, Nevena Božović, “Kruna” is as Balkan ballad as it gets. Gone are the shackles of her former band Moje 3 – she’s strong and powerful on her own. She attracted 896 votes, gathering just under 18% of all votes cast.
The impact and power conveyed are undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with and make this song special. Overall, Nevena and her team have polished their crown and it is more than ready for the Eurovision stage this May.
4. Croatia – Roko “The Dream”
The young powerhouse from Croatia Roko has proven himself a stalwart on the Eurovision pre-circuit trail, making impressing both his country and mentor Jacques Houdek. “The Dream” is not just Roko’s dream, but also Croatia’s dream of qualifying in the final after last year’s miss. He attracted 478 votes, gathering almost 10% of all votes cast.
5. Montenegro – D mol “Heaven”
It may not quite be a heavenly result for this sextet, but D mol will definitely hope that “Heaven” will come knocking on their door, meaning Montenegro’s first qualification since 2015. The group attracted 261 votes, gathering just over 5% of all votes cast.
What do you think of the poll results? Who is your favourite? Which ex-Yugoslav entry will do the best? Let us know in the comments below.