After three elaborate shows, Serbia’s national selection process, Beovizija 2020, has finally come to an end. Twelve acts had qualified from the semi-finals to do battle once more and to claim a spot at Eurovision 2020 in Rotterdam. Emotions were high, the voices were powerful and the tension was palpable. In the end it was girl-group Hurricane who came out on top with the song “Hasta la vista”, thus taking the reins of Serbia’s participation in Eurovision 2020.

Providing a solid and sophisticated stage show accompanied by stellar vocals, the three girls gave it their all on the Beovizija stage and it clearly paid off. It was professional and polished, but, most of all, it got the entire venue dancing. From the staging to the choreography, this was on point.

We’re not particularly surprised. Hurricane have been a fan favourite for quite some time with their members already having some Eurovision experience under their diamond-studded belts. Sanja Vučić participated as a solo act back in 2016 with the song “Goodbye (Shelter)”, and Ksenija Knežević took to the stage as a backing vocalist for her father Knez in the 2015 edition of the contest.

Serbia at Eurovision 2020: It’s Hurricane with “Hasta la vista”

Over the course of last week, 24 acts were reduced to twelve. Tonight, Dragana Kosjerina and Jovan Radomir as well as Stefan Popović and Kristina Radenković, who hosted the two semi-finals and green room respectively, came together to host the jam-packed evening. Opening the show was the duo Milan Bujaković & Olivera Popović and their compelling, yet minimalistic, “Niti”. Wrapping everything up was the dark and dramatic “Cvet sa Prokletija”, performed by Bane Mojićević.

  1. Milan Bujaković & Olivera Popović – “Niti”
  2. Hurricane – “Hasta la vista”
  3. Neda Ukraden – “Bomba”
  4. Andrija Jo – “Oči Meduze”
  5. Igor Simić – “Ples za rastanak”
  6. Thea Devy – “Sudnji dan”
  7. EJO – “Trag”
  8. LIFT – “Samo mi kaži”
  9. Ana Milenković – “Tajna”
  10. Naiva – “Baš, baš”
  11. Marko Marković – “Kolači”
  12. Bane Mojićević – “Cvet sa Prokletija”

On top of the 12 competing acts, Beovizija treated us to an epic set of opening and interval acts. Opening the show were the hosts of the evening, performing a medley of songs that participated at the Eurovision Song Contest held in Yugoslavia back in 1990.

After all the acts had performed and voting lines had closed, the famous Beovizija interval began with powerful performances from former Eurovision stars of the region. Hari Mata Hari and Marija Šerifović both took to the stage to entertain the crowd with their Eurovision entries, as well as a collection of their other major hits.

Beovizija 2020 Results: Jury and Televote

Similar to last year, the results of the competition were determined by both a jury and the public with 50% of the vote coming from industry experts and the remainder from televoting. After the jurors had allocated all their points, these were converted into 12, 10 8-1 based upon an entrant’s jury ranking. With that, the televoting results followed in a similar fashion, with the highest ranked act receiving 12 points, the second highest receiving 10, and so on.

Subsequent to the 5 jurors allocating their points, it was revealed that Hurricane had topped the board with 47 points, receiving two sets of 12 points. The final results of the jury can be seen in the table below:

Of course, this only accounts for 50% of the total score with the other half coming from the Serbian public. There was the usual dramatic suspense before each result was revealed but in the end it was Hurricane who stole the public’s vote with over 19,000 SMS votes.

So there you have it: Hurricane have emerged victorious and will be flying the Serbian flag in Rotterdam this May. Beovizija has, after many weeks, finally come to an end. It was a wild ride with a plethora of interval acts, and in the end we want to wish Serbia the very best of luck for Eurovision 2020.

Are you pleased with the winner of Beovizija 2020? Do you think the Balkan republic will improve upon their result from last year? Let us know your opinion down in the comments below!

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I like this song. It’s very Euro. Catchy melody and lyrics. I can see this getting a lot of televoting points. It will definifely go to the final.

The only thing that I’ve noticed (and I might be the only one) is their looks. Their outfits work perfectly for Eurovision, but they look like they have used some injections or botox. Hope young female viewers don’t see this as a standard of how you must look.

Austrian girl
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Austrian girl

This is amazing, so fresh and interesting…after all boring Arcade based songs this year something like this will win for sure

Bart
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Bart

This is horrid.

Nikki
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Nikki

Knez song- Sweet Balkan ballad
His daughter song- Fuego, leather and lesbians freaking out on tumblr

Miguel
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Miguel

I like this. An uptempo song from Serbia.
Its cool and contemporary. Its danceable and has a nice rhythm. Its not a winner but it should qualify easily.

aroncido
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aroncido

This is hilarious, I love them to bits.

Mitch
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Mitch

The whole package is a BOMB! So happy they will compete. I do hope though that they ditch those two extra tacky dancers and change the backdrop. The outfits don’t look trashy at all. It’s a stage costume, and the shattered mirrors bought me straight away!
They are talented, sexy, pretty and I think they will do well.
🙂

Alex
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Alex

There are such strong winds here in Spain today. For real.
Hurricane’ effect is happening

Nina
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Nina

It’s unnecessarily Latino, no Serbian at all, girls are copying like 20 songs but reaching neither of them. Bad try that will maybe reach top 15 just because it’s catchy.

Milan
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Milan

Of course, the comments that express criticisms get downvoted by default.

As for me, I’d express criticism towards this song in much stronger terms. If it was some other country I would probably feel less passionate about it, but the worst thing about this abomination is that it paints a perfect picture of the local musical taste. I’d have been perfectly happy with a song that is completely not my type if it provoked positive reactions in fans from abroad. But the most positive things we’ve so far heard here is that the act is “at least upbeat”.

Dzordz
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Dzordz

Mislim da preterujes. Pesma je skroz simpa. Ni ja ne slusam nasu muziku ali su devojke na mestu. Mani se sta pisu ovde, pgledaj malo po jutjubu kako je ljudi koji objavljuju top liste kotiraju. Uglavnom je u top 10. Na nekim listama cak i prva.

Erik
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Erik

Ne mogo brojat do decet ali mogo gledat na nista

Milan
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Milan

We’ll see come May. The song and the entire package felt so obnoxious to me that I literally switched the channel to Dora after 20 seconds. I’m not joking, I literally felt such a rush of disgust that I couldn’t listen through it and switched the channel. Comments in Serbian newspapers are not much better. The worst thing is that this is what our society has become. Mind you, I don’t think our neighbours are any better than us when it comes to musical taste, but this doesn’t show in their national selections. A good thing that may come out… Read more »

All Wei
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All Wei

Im very sorry reading your comment. Its soo full of intolerance and misunderstood.
Maybe its you who is the one no one wants to f…………………………….??
You just dont say that on a public forum when somebody tries to express when he or she doesnt like something!!
OPEN UP , Be Nice and Tolerant!! Welcome in the Netherlands
Thank You

Dzordz
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Dzordz

Well then don’t read the newspaper. I just don’t get it, obviously you’re from Serbia. It’s ok to dislike the song but you’re being way too harsh. And besides you’re insulting the song that is representing your own country. You ( and a lot more) need to relax and enjoy. This is a show. Not a death sentence. And I don’t mean just about these girls. Almost everyone is insulting one song or another. I don’t like all the songs either, but it’s easy to spread hate to the PEOPLE behind these songs. So, I’m gonna end this comment like… Read more »

Milan
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Milan

You are right, I’m quite likely too harsh and when I stop fuming I’ll probably see the good sides about this entry more clearly. I appreciate your politeness in face of a different opinion (this is not a common thing here), and I just wish more people here would be like you. So I looked at myself, decided to give it a good thought and concluded that I, too, should probably state some positive things about this entry, as much as it annoys me. So, here is my best try: (1) The girls are accomplished singers with lots of stage… Read more »

Milan
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Milan

You are right, I may have been too harsh. When I stop fuming, I’ll probably see the good things about this entry more clearly. I appreciate your politeness in face of a different opinion (quite a rare thing here) and I just wish there were more people like you. So, I took a look at myself, thought it out a bit and decided I should think of something good related to this entry, much as it annoys me. So, here is my best try: (1) The girls are accomplished singers. That means they have the potential to fix the problems… Read more »

Milan
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Milan

You are right, I may have been too harsh. When I stop fuming, I’ll probably see the good things about this entry more clearly. I appreciate your politeness in face of a different opinion (quite a rare thing here) and I just wish there were more people like you. So, I took a look at myself, thought it out a bit and decided I should think of something good related to this entry, much as it annoys me. So, here is my best try: (1) The girls are accomplished singers. That means they have the potential to fix the problems… Read more »

Dzordz
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Dzordz

Escf, it’s ok, let him. Be a better person.

Hyunwoo
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Hyunwoo

I Love Sanja Vu?i?!!

Milan
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Milan

I used to love Sanja Vu?i?.

George
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Exactly my thoughts. It’s like some Balkan countries deliberately trying to appear cheap and tacky. I mean I get it. You won’t give us groundbreaking new fashion looks, but you don’t have to hurt our eyes either? It’s frustrating because some countries even destroy their good songs when trying too hard to stand out (Croatia 2016 coming ing first in mind). Oh and the song is absolute trash by the way, so it’s matching with their looks.

noone
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noone

It was an obvious winner, I bet the other ex-Yugo countries will all give it 12 points in the televote, however, the juries will downvote this. My personal favourite was Niti. I have to say that I’m quite shocked that Neda Ukraden was so low by public and so high with the jury.

Dzordz
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Dzordz

Jury had to put her high because it’s Neda Ukraden, but honestly she isn’t a good choice for that song. Nor is the song for ESC

Andrei
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Andrei

Cheap and trashy. The juries will kill this, will put them on their last places…

KarmaLeon
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KarmaLeon

I hope so !!!!!

JONAS
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JONAS

Couldn’t agree more! Dreadful trash!

Moonstar
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Moonstar

I’m going to be honest! Some of the moaning around here is really pointless unless you use this space to vent your frustrations… I think people generally forget that the Eurovision Song Contest IS a SONG contest. It does not matter which genre is chosen by each country to represent them. If this is something which bothers people then perhaps people should stick to listening or watching shows which cater for their specific taste. I personally am up for diversity.

Tibor
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Tibor

What’s diverse about the result of this years Beovizija? I’m genuinely interested, not lecturing you. As I see it, the top 7 is constituted of 4x dance pop, 2x balkan folk and one female ballad, so kind of what we’re always getting from Serbia. The songs that were slightly different (like Ejo, Lift or Milan Bujakovic) are all crammed into the bottom of the scoreboard or didn’t make it out of their semis. How is this diversity?

Moonstar
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Moonstar

Tibor, I was not writing specifically about Beovizija’s results, but 4x dance pop, 2x balkan folk and one female ballad is, in my humble opinion, diverse. If all songs in this year’s Beovizija were dance pop then I would not obviously call it diverse. I prefer diversity but if all songs had indeed been dance pop, it would not have bothered me, as long as they were good pop. 🙂

Tibor
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Tibor

Yeah, but we’ll never agree on what’s good and what’s not, so your second remark kind of clashes with your wish for diversity. And I am really not sure if you can call a field diverse if it is dominated by the same three genres year after year, and nothing else ever comes even close to winning.
If we’re talking about Eurovision as a whole, then three songs by G:sson, three by Symphonix, three by Kontopoulos and three by Laurell Barker are also not, what I’d call diverse. But we may have different acceptance limits in this regard. 🙂

Moonstar
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Moonstar

Think, Tibor. Observe. There are no clashes whatsoever! Why? Because I do not obsess or moan endlessly about musical diversity at Eurovision. You can’t force composers or people in general all over Europe and beyond to choose only the songs or genres that you are into! I know what the Eurovision Song Contest is about. And although I would be happy with more diversity at Eurovision, I simply accept it for what it is and try to enjoy it the best I can by, for example, listening to the songs that I like and ignoring the ones I don’t. (What… Read more »

Tibor
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Tibor

Sorry, Moonstar, but you don’t make a lot of sense. You were the one who brought up the topic of diversity, I was just responding. Nobody forces anyone to do anything, and nobody is moaning endlessly about anything (okay, the fandom is moaning endlessly about how there are only “boring ballads” and “not enough bops”, but that’s really another topic, we’re not going to get into now ;)), that’s just your imagination. I’m just observing – and that’s what you wanted, right? 😉

Mia
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Mia

I’ve just rewatched performance and thinking- how irrelevant are you on a scale from 1 to Hurricane’s backing dancers? 😀
Girls, get two male dancers like from the video or completely get rid off them.
I like sound effects 😀

Dzordz
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Dzordz

They should completely get rid off them ?

Mia
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Mia

Yeah maybe that’s better because their charisma and stage presence is huge.

Dzordz
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Dzordz

I agree! 🙂 Better outfits and alone

Kobe
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Kobe

Whahahaha

Marcus
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Marcus

Barbara Dex alert!

Metalvision Song Contest
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That would already be the second time for a Serbian girl trio… ^^

Tibor
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Tibor

Serbia only ever seems to give us three sorts of entries: big female ballads, balkan folk in all it’s variations or on the nose dance pop. If you like one of these, you’re in for a treat every other year, but it’s never surprising. I obviously get that “Hasta la vista” is a party song, I’m not so sure if we desperately needed one of these, as Sabrina writes, but that’s not even the real question. The question is: Is it a party I wanna be at? Or is it the kind where you drink sangria out of a bucket.… Read more »

aroncido
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aroncido

I disagree that it’s a “party song”. I would never put this on to dance. This song is, I believe, the true distilled essence of Eurovision. Unashamedly dated, aggressively rhythmic and fast, very catchy, with the hilarious dance routine and the ridiculous use of the phrase “hasta la vista”, it’s PERFECT. I love to see this sort of insanity at Eurovision, it’s so unique to the contest.

Tibor
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Tibor

Yeah, I never really got that, I’m a very binary person when it comes to music: Either I like it, or I don’t. I don’t like to listen to music _just_ in Eurovision. I don’t even think that there is such a thing as a “Eurovision essence”, in my opinion that’s a cliche that is mostly put forward by people who make fun of Eurovision. But I know that a big chunk of the Eurovision audience feels like you. Where we disagree is, that this is not a party song. I mean, come on. Of course it’s one. Just, as… Read more »

aroncido
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aroncido

Well I do like to lovingly make fun of Eurovision, but I’m also quite obsessed with it and a huge fan 😀 It depends of course whether you think of it as a literal song contest where you look to find music that you genuinely like and will play on the tube or whatever, or a very unique festival of entertainment that is immensely lovable but is its own thing, outside one’s general musical world. I’m the latter, and therefore looove to see stuff like Hasta La Vista at the contest, even though I will probably never listen to it… Read more »

Erik
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Erik

The voices are very weak. However I guess no hetero pays attention to the voices of the girls…..

Erik
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Erik

I’m reading you comment over and over again, trying to make sense of it. All I saw was the biceps of those background dancers

KarmaLeon
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KarmaLeon

The Pussycat dolls made in china !
Cheap, without message, fake and trash
Hope for position 18 in the semi by juries
Next !!!!

Alex
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Alex

They have a message and its about woman power (Feminism song) something like Beyonce with “Run the world”

KarmaLeon
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KarmaLeon

Dont compare this to Beyoncé please ….. be smart !

bebero
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bebero

geeez, how frustrated you are.. probably some serbian did something with you and did it good and than left you. Only reason for this kind of bitterness.

Paul
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Paul

I’m so pleased for the frock destroyers after they were rejected by the UK

Chris
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Chris

Love it! Yaaaas

Robert
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Robert

Trashy bimbo pop, not a contender.. Bas Bas was the better option..

Philip
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Philip

it is entertaining, cannot deny that, they certainly look attractive, and with a good staging this can be interesting to watch.. whether it will collect enough votes, we are yet to see…it pretty much depends on a bit of luck, meaning in real time moments and visual effects of them and other countries performers. If the competition is weak, they will stand out.. Otherwise it is not a winner and nothing special in general, but as i said entertaining enough to dismiss boring ballads.. I would put it at the [above] Armenia level, but not at Latvia/Lithuania/Australia/Germany level..

Pete
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Pete

Serdap Erener and Turkey 2003 deja vu. Victory for Serebia, that’s obvious!

NickC
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NickC

Comparing this to Sertab is like comparing McDonalds to a three star Michelin star restaurant.

bebero
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bebero

comparing you to human is also not possible, yet we try and give our best to treat you like you are human.

NickC
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NickC

First thing about being a human is respecting other opinions. I guess you are not very educated about that.

Milan
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Milan

Oh, come now, like Sertab is anything like a three star Michelin restaurant 😀

NickC
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NickC

Well, She won. And she is always listed under most beloved winners. Which is nowehere near Hurricane will ever reach. So, I stand by my analogy.

Milan
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Milan

“always listed under most beloved winners” – I’d like a source for that, and in any case, I thought your analogy was supposed to refer to something sophisticated. She’s good – very good – and she won, yes – but sophisticated, not really.

Nitzan
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Nitzan

“Hasta la vista”? again? The 3rd time we have that title in Eurovision and none of the times by a Spanish speaking country.

Hello hi
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Hello hi

Cheap .. type of music that gives Eurovision a bad reputation ..
it’s soo dated .. 2005 type rubbish

bebero
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bebero

you mean that type of music which gave hits that we remember even today? I have never heard Dutch song after it`s winning? is that the point? to have songs which nobody listen after they won?

Sam
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Sam

I just don’t get this, it leaves me completely cold. Can someone explain why this is so popular because I’m beyond baffled rn??

bebero
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bebero

how can we explain taste? You simply don`t have it, there is nothing to be explain to.

Alo
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Alo

It’s a breath of fresh air in this year contest.

Guest
Guest
Guest

You have to take into considerstion the fact that two of the singers had a cold during both the semi-final and final of beovision, hence affecting their singing. The performance wasn’t outstanding, but they have time to improve it as well as staging.
Overall, once you listen to it a few too many times, you start to find it really catchy!

Marko
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Marko

Where are the positive comments now haha? Serbia was 25 and now 28 on the betting site!

Mare
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Mare

You do know the odds still haven’t been updated?! Wait and you will see the power of Hurricane 😉

Milan
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Milan

You cannot be serious! The only element of “hurricane” there is in the precision of hitting notes…

SoldierOfLove
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SoldierOfLove

Najmanje sto mozes da uradis je da ne pljujes po devojkama. Iskreno, sram te bilo, zar nemas grama patriotizma u sebi izrode. Skinu tu zastavu sa slike plz.

Milan
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Milan

It is precisely for my patriotism that an act like Hurricane outrages me.

Joshua
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Joshua

Definitely a good song, but not my cup of tea. Their success will widely depend on the staging.

Lokh
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Lokh

Cheap prostitutes.
Sorry.

Pawel
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Pawel

Agreed!

Vladimir P.
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Vladimir P.

You are obviously not sorry – you’re just a person incapable of criticizing a song without offending people performing it. Now that’s cheap.

bebero
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bebero

would it be nice to call your Mom prostitute? Um.. No… than we will not.. Try to use more decent language.

Chicofromnorth
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Chicofromnorth

I’m sorry but chorus is so cheap 🙁 I listened 3 times but I cannot make myself loving it.. I prefer Serbia 2016 much, much more.

Guest
Guest
Guest

Sanja is the type of contestant you instantly fall in love with <3 Welcome back

KuhKatz
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KuhKatz

Full of energy but also messy…

poe-tay-toe-chips
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poe-tay-toe-chips

It’s upbeat, THANK GOD.

The song kind of gives me k-pop vibes. It’s not a winner but with enough energy in the performance I think this can make it in the final.

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Yes! As a previous Korea-dweller, the first thing I thought was Blackpink when listening to this.

Teddie
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Teddie

Judging by the sudden signature changes in the chorus the composer is definitely into some K-Pop stuff.

EzZ
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EzZ

Catchy upbeat song, but their vocals definitely need a lot of work, and listening for the first time, it’s all-right..

Chupacabra
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Chupacabra

Will make us guys in Vienna dancing @ Balcancan-Party. Great choice. Hvala Srbija! My Nr 4 after Lithuania, Germany and Italy.

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

It’s not the type of music I listen to on a daily basis, but I guess “Hasta La Vista” is just a fun party song that doesn’t really aspire to be anything more. There were Beovizja entries I liked better, but I’m not mad that Hurricane won. (And yay, Naiva finished second!) Srecno, Srbija!

Pabs
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Pabs

worse song in 2020

vox
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vox

In an interview, Sanja said: Hurricane is coming guys, corona virus is nothing.

THESE.GIRLS.ARE.EVERYTHING.WE.NEED.

Milan
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Milan

A statement as tasteful as the entire act.

Watergabe
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Watergabe

enticing

Aris
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Aris

Fuego moves !

Kirby
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Kirby

Behold! The 2000s are back in Eurovision!!!

Nicolas
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Nicolas

The 2000s were better than Eurovision has starting becoming since about 2014.

bastian
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bastian

Love it 🙂 so trashy, but we need this in esc! And can people please stop saying Song X sounds like *inserts random year* and therefor hate it? Who cares, as long as its good and this is good. If you want to listen to modern stuff only, stop watching esc and watch the MTV awards instead. Bye gurl. The inner slut living in me will party on this song.

Kung Frederick 90
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Kung Frederick 90

Thank you Serbia . I cannot stop dancing with this awesome banger. In my top 5

Polegend Godgarina
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they blew everyone away like a true hurricane! can’t wait for their performance in rotterdam, they’re so full of energy! <3

Teddi
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Teddi

This will end up just like Moje tri. Serbian will love it but Europe will find it trashy :/ Serbia somehow always ends up in easier Semi Final and gets through.

oreo
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oreo

I wouldnt say Europe found it trashy, if it were up to the televotes Moje 3 would have been through to the final

Adrian
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Adrian

Serbia was in semi 2 2018, and semi 1 2019, all the easier semis. It will be no different this year. They will qualify in this semi easily. However, they did fail to qualify in semi 2 2017, with that terrible staging.