She’s among the most-followed celebrities in the Balkans with a staggering 2.2 million followers on Instagram. And now Jelena Karleuša — the queen of Balkan pop and a true Serbian icon — has performed “Hasta la vista” alongside Hurricane.
The performance happened during Jelena’s quarantine concert streamed on Sunday evening on the YouBox movie app. She kindly invited Hurricane — that’s Sanja Vučić, Ivana Nikolić and Ksenija Knežević — to slay alongside her.
The performance opens with Jelena stomping down the stage in a pair of thigh-high black leather boots and what can only be described as a Dominatrix bikini. It included silver chains that added a shiny pop against her all-black number.
One minute in the performance shifts away from “Hasta la vista” and sees the women for a Maruv-style train in which they cusp and pat each other’s bums, as seen in the image at the top of this post. The women work their way through Jelena’s hit “Bas je dobro biti ja” and their own number “Avantura”.
Jelena has long been rumoured as a potential representative of Serbia at Eurovision. At various points she’s expressed her willingness to sing at the contest, though she hasn’t been a fan of RTS’ handling of the contest in recent years.
In 2018 she said: “The people from RTS that deal with Eurovision do not live in 2018, they live in the past. They are from a completely different story. I think that a person in charge with that should be someone who follows world trends. We have been embarrassing ourselves year in, year out, whilst people give a lot of money for RTS to spend it on their inanities.”
Her performance alongside Hurricane suggests that she approves of what they would have brought to Eurovision in 2020.
Besides her music, Jelena is known as a fashion influencer. In the past she has claimed that Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian and Beyoncé copy her style. She also has her own fashion line, JK Wear. But she’s more than a fashionista: she’s also a major advocate of Serbia’s LGBT community.
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