On Wednesday morning Eurofans woke up to some very big news from Serbian tabloid Blic. The paper is reporting that Hurricane will represent Serbia at Eurovision 2021.
Citing unnamed sources, the tabloid claims that the Serbian broadcaster will choose the act internally rather than staging its national selection Beovizija. Like so many broadcasters across Europe, RTS faces financial strain brought on by Covid-19 and the re-allocation of resources associated with that. Blic claims that the announcement will be made in the coming weeks.
Will Hurricane return to Eurovision 2021 for Serbia?
Wiwibloggs have now reached out to Hurricane and the picture isn’t as clear as the tabloid would have you believe. The group’s publicist tells us:
“We do not yet have official information about this from our state public service broadcaster. We won’t know until September or October.”
That suggests a decision isn’t yet final. Understandably, RTS and the people who control its purse strings are pre-occupied with other matters. These include the coronavirus pandemic — and related initiatives to raise awareness and promote public health — and parliamentary elections, which take place on Sunday, June 21. The elections were originally scheduled for April 26, but had to be rescheduled because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Internally picking Hurricane would make a lot of sense. Hurricane is an immensely popular group at home and their participation could re-invigorate the local music industry’s perception of Eurovision as something fresh and modern.
As a sign of their growing clout, the women of Hurricane recently performed “Hasta la vista” alongside Serbian icon Jelena Karleuša during her YouBox online concert. Her invitation suggests that she approves of what the group would have brought to Eurovision in 2020.
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. Hurricane may well mark a turning point in her thinking.
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