Tonight Serbia finally kicked off its much anticipated selection process: Beovizija 2020. Twelve acts competed in the first of two semi-finals for six spots in the final on Sunday 1st March. They served drama, passion and soul…but only six acts ultimately advanced to the next round.
Which lucky six made the final cut?
Results were determined by both a jury of music professionals and a televote. In no particular order, the top six of the night that advanced to the final were:
- Igor Simić – “Ples za rastanak”
- Andrija Jo – “Oči meduze”
- Thea Devy – “Sudnji dan”
- Neda Ukraden – “Bomba”
- Marko Marković – “Kolači”
- EJO – “Trag”
Immediately after the results had been announced, the finalists drew the positions in which they would be performing this Sunday. Neda Ukraden will perform third, Andrija Jo fourth, Igor in fifth, followed by Thea Devy and EJO in sixth and seventh respectively. Marko Marković will perform later on than the aforementioned entrants, down in eleventh place.
Who was in the running?
In total, Beovizija 2020 has 24 entries — 12 in each semi. Hosted by Dragana Kosjerina and Jovan Radomir, with Kristina Radenković and Stefan Popović in the green room, the Serbian national selection showcased everything that the Balkan nation had to offer.
The contest kicked off with a touching performance from the traditional ethno-band EJO and was wrapped up with Igor Simić and his colourful number “Ples za rastanak”. Additionally, this semi-final saw performances from one of the front-runners in the competition, Andrija Jo, as well as veteran of the Serbian music industry – Neda Ukraden.
|3.||Ivan Kurtić & Mistik Cello||“Sabajle”|
|4.||Thea Devy||“Sudnji dan”|
|5.||Karizma||“Ona me zna”|
|6.||Andrija Jo||“Oči Meduze”|
|7.||Sanja Bogosavljević||“Ne puštam”|
|9.||Srđan Lazić||“Duša i telo”|
|11.||Bilja & Amvon duo||“Raj”|
|12.||Igor Simić||“Ples za rastanak”|
On top of the 12 competing acts, in true Beovizija fashion, we were treated to a star-spangled list of opening and interval acts. Much like last year where we had a catalogue of former Balkan Eurovision entries, numerous Eurovision acts from previous years, such as Tijana Bogićević, Maya Sar, Snežana Berić, and Milan Stanković, took to the stage once more to entertain the crowd. Opening the show was Serbia’s act for the 2017 edition of Eurovision, Tijana Bogićević, who, alongside her husband, gave a heart-felt rendition of Duncan Laurence’s “Arcade”.
The broadcaster also paid tribute to the first Yugoslav artist in the Eurovision Song Contest, Ljiljana Petrović, who unfortunately passed away earlier this year. A touching rendition of her entry, “Neke Davne Zvede”, was given by the ultimate singer to represent Yugoslavia in Eurovision: Snežana Berić – Extra Nena.
Tonight’s six qualifiers will be joined in the final by six more acts who will qualify from tomorrow’s heat.
What do you make of the six who advanced to the final? Are you surprised by the results? Did your favourite make the final cut? Let us know your opinion in the comments down below!