It’s the Eurovision selection that’s entering the third year of its revival run. And now, Serbian broadcaster RTS has announced the 24 acts who will be taking part in Beovizija 2020.
There are a number of notable names included in the lineup, including girl-group Hurricane. The group is comprised of Serbia’s Eurovision 2016 representative Sanja Vučić, Ivana Nikolić and Ksenija Knežević. Ksenija is the daughter of another Eurovision alumni, Montenegro’s 2015 singer Knez. They’ll be singing the song “Hasta la Vista”, which Sanja has written the lyrics for.
Another big name is Neda Ukraden. Born in Croatia and now residing in Serbia, Ukraden was a big star across the former Yugoslavia in the 1970s and 1980s. Her career is still going strong today, mostly because her recent releases are extremely club-friendly. This includes her Beovizija 2020 entry “Bomba”, which was originally released at the start of December last year.
Neda Ukraden – “Bomba”
Bane Mojićević is also a name of note. He’s 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.
A number of other contestants also have previous links to Eurovision. Bora Dugić was the flautist who accompanied Jelena Tomašević in 2008 in Belgrade.
Meanwhile, Ana Milenković was part of a Eurovision winning team. She was a member of the ‘Beauty Queens’ – the backing vocalists for Marija Šerifović, who won Eurovision 2007 with “Molitva”.
Andrija Jo is a rising star with over 600,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel. Although Beovizija predominantly showcases local/regional talent, Andrija has an international team behind his song “Uvek”.
Canadian songwriter Laurell Barker, the first female songwriter to be behind three entries at the same edition of Eurovision, has written the lyrics. Meanwhile, Swedish composers Jimmy Jansson and Palle Hammarlund (who created girl-group Dolly Style) are also on board.
But, that doesn’t mean that local composers aren’t also represented. Marko Marković’s entry “Kolači” has an all-star team behind it. Vladimir Graić, who wrote previous Serbian Eurovision entries “Molitva” and “Beauty Never Lies”, has composed the song. Leontina Vukomanović, who wrote “Lane Moje” and Serbia’s Junior Eurovision 2019 entry “Podigni Glas”, has provided the lyrics.
Additionally, North Macedonia’s Eurovision 2015 act Daniel Kajmakoski is part of the team behind Igor Simić’s song “Ples za rastanak”.
Beovizija 2020: All Participants and Songs
1. Igor Simić – “Ples za rastanak”
Music: Daniel Kajmakoski, Matej Đajkovski, Vladimir Danilović
Lyrics: Vladimir Danilović
2. Sanja Bogosavljević – “Ne puštam”
Music: Sanja Bogosavljević
Lyrics: Kristina Kovač
3. Rocher etno bend – “Samo ti umeš to”
Music: Rastko Aksentijević
Lyrics: Rastko Aksentijević
4. Neda Ukraden – “Bomba”
Music: Dušan Bačić, Dejan Nikolić
Lyrics: Dušan Bačić
5. Marko Marković – “Kolači”
Music: Vladimir Graić, Marko Marković
Lyrics: Nemanja Filipović, Leontina Vukomanović
6. EJO – “Trag”
Music: Stevan Milijanović
Lyrics: Stevan Milijanović
7. Karizma – “Ona me zna”
Music: Dušan Janićijević, Dejan Jelisavčić
Lyrics: Dejan Jelisavčić
8. Andrija Jo – “Uvek”
Music: Jimmy Jansson, Palle Hammarlund
Lyrics: Laurel Barker
9. Naiva – “Baš baš”
Music: Žika Zana
Lyrics: Jelena Zana
10. Bojana Mašković – “Kao muzika”
Music: Goran Kovačić
Lyrics: Bojana Mašković
11. Ivana Jordan – “Vila”
Music: Ivana Jordan
Lyrics: Ivana Jordan
12. Bane Mojićević – “Svet sa Prokletija”
Music: Mirko Šenkovski Geronimo
Lyrics: Mirko Šenkovski Geronimo
13. Ivan Kurtić ft. Geapsy Train – “Sabajle”
Music: Nikola Burovac
Lyrics: Miloš Roganović
14. Hurricane – “Hasta la Vista”
Music: Nemanja Antonić
Lyrics: Sanja Vučić
15. Milan Bujaković ft. Olivera Popović – “Niti”
Music: Petar Pupić
Lyrics: Petar Pupić, Milan Bjelica, Luka Racić
16. Nenad Ćeranić – “Veruj u sebe”
Music: Alek Aleksov, Nenad Ćeranić
Lyrics: Alek Aleksov, Nenad Ćeranić
17. Bora Dugić i Balkubano – “Svadba velika”
Music: Nikola Burovac, Danijel Đurić
Lyrics: Nikola Burovac, Danijel Đurić
18. Ana Milenković – “Tajna”
Music: Dušan Bačić
Lyrics: Dušan Bačić
19. Srđan Lazić – “Duša i telo”
Music: Srđan Lazić
Lyrics: Srđan Lazić, Dejan Ivanović
20. Lazar Živanović – “Puklo je nebo”
Music: Michael James Day
Lyrics: Adis Eminić
21. Milica Mišić – “Kiša”
Music: Sashka Janx
Lyrics: Sashka Janx
22. Thea Devy – “Sudnji dan”
Music: Pele Loriano, Beth Morris, Dom Scott
Lyrics: Petar Spirić, Aleksandra Lazarević Spirić
23. Biljana Đurđević – “Raj”
Muisc: Tina Amvon
Lyrics: Tina Amvon
24. Aleksa Vučković – “Samo mi kaži”
Music: Dimitrije Borčanin, Aleksa Vučković
Lyrics: Dimitrije Borčanin, Aleksa Vučković
Further details of Beovizija 2020
Although the exact date of Beovizija 2020 has not been revealed, today’s announcement confirmed that the competition will take place at the end of February this year.
The format will also be unchanged from last year, with two semi-finals and a grand final.
RTS also state that, should there be any issues with the winning performer or song, they will choose who will go to Eurovision in their place.
What do you think about the lineup for Beovizija 2020? Which act are you most looking forward to seeing? Let us know in the comments below!