Music and geography combine together in Eurovision. Fans get to experience a wide breadth of musical genres from each region of Europe. One such little combination are the nations of the former Yugolsvaia, four of who were set to compete at Eurovision 2020 — Slovenia, North Macedonia, Serbia and Croatia.
Even though Yugoslavia split over twenty years ago, the region shares a rich history and culture which defines both its placing in the world and on the Eurovision stage
At Eurovision 2020, these four nations were set to serve a variety of songs. There’s Balkan R’n’B-pop, power ballads, tango and more. Now, we want to know which of these songs is your favourite.
You can remind yourself of all four of the former Yugoslavia Eurovision 2020 songs below. Then be sure to vote in our poll. As always, you can vote for as many acts as you want, but you can only vote once.
Eurovision 2020: Entries from former Yugoslavia
Croatia: Damir Kedžo – “Divlji Vjetre”
Damir Kedžo won Dora 2020 with his Balkan ballad “Divlji Vjetre”. The song has since been through a small revamp and even topped the charts in Croatia. This would have been the first time since 2013 that Croatia sent a song entirely in it’s native language, with the lyrics all about comparing love to wild winds.
North Macedonia: Vasil – “YOU”
North Macedonia internally selected Vasil to represent them at Eurovision 2020 with the song “YOU”. It combines a number of elements and musical genres, including a traditional ethnic chant opening and a tango pre-chorus. The music video sees Vasil dancing around a pub with a woman who has got her eye on the North Macedonian singer.
Serbia: Hurricane – “Hasta La Vista”
Hurricane brought a storm to Serbia’s national selection show Beovizija 2020, securing victory over 23 over acts. The girl-group is composed of Eurovision returnee Sanja Vučić as well as Ivana Nikolić and Ksenija Knežević. “Hasta La Vista” is a Balkan R’n’B-pop song with lyrics about saying adiós to people who don’t appreciate you.
Slovenia: Ana Soklič – “Voda”
EMA 2020 saw 12 acts battle it out, but in the end it was Ana Soklič who earned the honour of representing Slovenia at Eurovision 2020. Her song “Voda” is a emotional power ballad, with the revamped version adding extra dynamism towards the end. Soklič has stated the song does not have a single message or theme and is open to the listener’s interpretation.
Poll: Which country of the former Yugoslavia has the best Eurovision 2020 entry?
Who did you vote for? Which Eurovision 2020 songs from the former Yugoslavia are your favourite? Sound off in the comments below!