Last Thursday, Serbia’s RTS finally revealed the names of the artists taking part in Beovizija 2020.
The list of 24 acts competing to represent Serbia in May includes Sanja Vucic’s girl band Hurricane, a couple of Beovizija regulars and North Macedonia’s 2015 act as part of a songwriting team – alongside many others.
Another name you may recognize from the list is Thea Devy. That’s if you follow Eurovision rumours closely, anyway.
Thea Devy came to public eye last November when it was revealed she was in talks to represent Austria at Eurovision 2020.
Her song “Judgement Day”, as claimed by her production studio, was among ORF’s top 3 picks, but eventually lost out to Austrian-Filipino singer Vincent Bueno.
After the RTS artists reveal, many fans questioned if the singer selected for Beovizija and the singer not selected for Austria were the same person – and if she entered both competitions with the same song. Now Thea Devy has publicly confirmed the rumour.
Hello there!Most of you have already heard the news, that I will be participating at the 2020 festival Beovizija,…
Despite losing Austria’s internal selection, Thea had only sweet words for Vincent.
“There are no hard feelings, though, just pure love for the people I got to meet at ORF and for the artist that was ultimately chosen to represent Austria. I wish him only the best and can’t wait to see whatever exciting things will happen for him in the time leading up to the ESC.”
It wasn’t an easy task for the Vienna-based singer to enter the competition in Serbia, though. Her song had to be rewritten and translated into Serbian to comply with Beovizija rules that state all the songs have to be sung in one of the country’s official languages. Naturally English is not one of them.
And that’s how “Judgement Day” became “Sudnji Dan”.
Beovizija 2020: Do we know the dates yet?
The broadcaster confirmed that the competition will take place at the end of February this year. However, no official date has been given.
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.