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.
- Milan Bujaković & Olivera Popović – “Niti”
- Hurricane – “Hasta la vista”
- Neda Ukraden – “Bomba”
- Andrija Jo – “Oči Meduze”
- Igor Simić – “Ples za rastanak”
- Thea Devy – “Sudnji dan”
- EJO – “Trag”
- LIFT – “Samo mi kaži”
- Ana Milenković – “Tajna”
- Naiva – “Baš, baš”
- Marko Marković – “Kolači”
- 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!