It’s the Eurovision selection that’s entering the third year of its revival run. And if recent reports are anything to go by, Serbia’s Beovizija 2020 is going from strength to strength.
Just before the Christmas break, broadcaster RTS revealed that it received 90 songs during the submission period which closed on 9 December. According to the network, that’s up significantly on previous years.
Local media reports that several well-known names are among the hopefuls, including Hurricane — the girl group which includes Eurovision 2016’s Sanja Vučić in its lineup.
Sanja Vučić’s Hurricane and Beovizija 2020
Kurir reports that one of Hurricane’s songs was among the almost 100 entries to land in RTS’s offices. This is not surprising, given that the band said in an October interview that they were working on getting to Eurovision.
Hurricane is a trio which also includes Ksenija Knežević and Ivana Nikolić. If Ksenija’s name looks familiar — there’s a reason. She’s the daughter of another Eurovision alumni, Montenegro’s 2015 singer Knez.
The story of the group’s formation is explained by their founder, Zoran Milinković. After Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated the Carribean in 2017, Milinković participated in the cleanup efforts on the island of Sint Maarten.
After returning to Serbia, he then formed the group to send a message of support. Hurricane’s first single, fittingly, was named “Irma, Maria”. The music video showed cleanup efforts, whilst the song preached about the strength and will to rebuild after tragedy.
The ladies have released two singles since 1 September 2019, both of which are approximately three minutes in duration — “Favorito” and “Avantura”. The former has already amassed over 35 million views.
Other potential Beovizija 2020 acts
Hurricane isn’t the only name dropped in the Kurir report.
Neda Ukraden is top of the website’s list. According to its sources, her composition “Bombe” has made a great impression and has the best chance of winning Beovizija.
Ukraden was a big name all across the former Yugoslavia in the 1970s and 1980s. And her career is still going strong today, mostly because her recent releases are extremely club-friendly.
Although she turns 70 next year, she has a unique style and attitude which would shame many of her younger rivals. Her music style is pop with folk and/or techno elements. She was born in Croatia, and currently resides in Serbia.
The third name, and last for now, is Bane Mojićević. The 33-year-old is best known for winning reality shows like Zvezde Granda and Your Face Sounds Familiar. During his stint on the latter, he even tackled the Eurovision 2014 winning “Rise Like A Phoenix” by Conchita Wurst.