Back in November, Hurricane’s publicist confirmed to Wiwibloggs that the Serbian three-piece would be singing at Eurovision 2021. And today RTS — the Serbian Eurovision broadcaster — has re-confirmed the group once more, sharing a quick video from members Sanja Vučić, Ksenija Knežević and Ivana Nikolić.

“See you soon with some updates about our songs for the final selection,” the group says, making it clear that Serbians will get to decide the song they will sing in Rotterdam.

 

Hurricane’s journey to Eurovision 2021

Girl group Hurricane were originally selected to represent Serbia at Eurovision 2020 when they won national final Beovizija 2020 with the song “Hasta la vista”. But sadly, with the cancellation of Eurovision 2020, their dream was put on hold.

Two members of the group have already been to Eurovision. Sanja Vučić represented Serbia at Eurovision 2016 with her song “Goodbye (Shelter)”. The year before, Ksenija Knežević sang backing vocals for her father, the popular Montenegrin singer Knez.

The cancellation has not slowed the ladies down. At the end of November, they released three new songs and music videos all in one day – “Čaje Šukarije”, “Lopove” and “Want Ya”.

“Čaje Šukarije” (“Pretty Girl”) is a fast paced, pop banger with Middle Eastern flavours that could grace any club in Belgrade. It’s a cover of the song from Roma icon and “Queen of the Gypsies”, the late Esma Redžepova. Esma also has Eurovision links after she represented North Macedonia at Eurovision back in 2013 together with Vlatko Lozanoski.

Their second release, “Lopove” which means “Thieves” in English, is another dance club hit with Asian influences.

“Want Ya” was the only song sung in English. Although it’s the shortest song of the three at only two minutes and fourteen seconds, “Want Ya” still got us moving!

What do you think? Are you pleased that Hurricane has got the return ticket to Eurovision? What sort of song would you like to hear them perform in Rotterdam? Tell us what you think in the comments section!

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Gery
Gery
10 months ago

This selection is gonna be wild, love it

ESCFanGA
ESCFanGA
10 months ago

I know I’m going to get so much hate for saying this but I hope their song for 2021 is in English rather than Serbian.

Nicky
Nicky
10 months ago

good news, hope entry is in serbian anyway

Azaad
Azaad
10 months ago

Glad they’re going with a national final even though they’re keeping Hurricane.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
10 months ago

This is exciting. Loved the song last year but based on their back catalogue, they can do even better. Giving the public the choice between multiple songs from the same artist is usually not the best idea but in Hurricane’s case, it’s totally warranted and should really help.

pork
pork
10 months ago

Btw the twitter mods of both ESC Serbia and ESC – good job, made me laugh with that announcement 😀

Joe
Joe
10 months ago
Reply to  pork

Eurovision social media can be a wonderful thing sometimes

Sania
Sania
10 months ago

This will for sure be most interesting selection this year. Can’t wait to hear songs??

Last edited 10 months ago by Sania
Nobody Important
Nobody Important
10 months ago

Queens!!! Hope they send a banner similar to Favorito or Brzi Prsti! As much as I liked Hasta La Vista, it was a bit trashy and they can do so much better! Now that they have a bit more experience and no competition, I’m sure that they will deliver! <3

Rose
Rose
10 months ago

I like Favorito a lot. Brzi Prsti not so much. A song like Favorito would be awesome at Eurovision.

pork
pork
10 months ago

Can’t wait for that NF 😀 I hope they will do a diverse set with lots of different things to choose from. Also I hope they will offer either something like their newer Caje Sukarije or like their older works (Favorito, Brzi Prsi etc).

Exciting!!!

Sabrina
Sabrina
10 months ago

More artists having the Eurovision experience they were supposed to have this year + one more national final? Double win! I hope this time they find something with the same energy, but more sophisticated. I guess having a final may allow them to play more with the possibilities.

Louka
Louka
10 months ago

One more National Final, Perfect!

Alo
Alo
10 months ago

I’m quite happy they don’t go with hasta la vista..they can do better for sure!

Joe
Joe
10 months ago

Alright! Another update then, a little more specific: Artist coming back, NF to pick song: Israel, Serbia Artist coming back, internal selection to pick song: Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Georgia, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Malta, Moldova (probably), Netherlands, Romania, San Marino, Slovenia (probably), Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine Internal selection, artist in the running to come back: Russia National final, artist in the running to come back: Estonia, Lithuania, Sweden Internal selection, artist not in the running to come back: Cyprus, Germany National final, artist not in the running to come back: Albania, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Norway,… Read more »

Sabrina
Sabrina
10 months ago
Reply to  Joe

I’m surprised Armenia and North Macedonia haven’t yet confirmed Athena and Vasil. Especially North Macedonia, since he’s already like “part of the family”, given the fact he was backing vocal for Tamara. Sadly, I’m not surprised that the UK is still to give us some news… I’m fearing for Alicja, they had JESC as the perfect occasion to announce her and it didn’t happened.

Leo
Leo
10 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

I have long suspected Athena, who is about to release a power ballad she performed in Hannover in the past, and therefore not eligible for ESC, has not been named yet because she hasn’t yet been to Armenia since the event was cancelled. She obviously really wants to represent the country, and likes and reposts many stories and comments telling her to do so. I read a theory that she had an agreement in principle some time ago, but has not yet signed it because it is hard to find a way to get her to Armenia if direct flights… Read more »

Last edited 10 months ago by Leo
Sabrina
Sabrina
10 months ago
Reply to  Leo

I haven’t thought about that, but yeah, living outside Armenia may be the factor difficulting Athena’s being confirmed and/or announced. I hope everything works out. She and her team made a great job with the “Chains on You” revamp and video, they were clearly working hard for Eurovision.

About James and the BBC, well… if the UK is doing the same as Ireland, maybe he hasn’t showed them songs yet. In any case, BBC is not very agile or transparent about Eurovision. I hope they’re just being silent, but already have plans.

BebeRo
BebeRo
10 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

And this is connected with Serbia HOW?

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
10 months ago
Reply to  Leo

You can’t get from Germany to Armenia even with negative PCR test?? :O

Leo
Leo
10 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

I checked on wiki, and the direct flights aren’t available, though I wouldn’t be surprised if Athena heads to Russia if that is to be done either from Athens or Hannover, so that she can go to Yerevan from there. I do fear that being unable to meet David etc in person is hindering her from carrying out activities that acts would probably have to be in the country they are representing to carry this out. It’s not a problem for Dadi or Lesley as their relevant direct flights are available, unlike Athena’s.

Azaad
Azaad
10 months ago
Reply to  Leo

At this point I think it makes sense to select an Armenian national residing in Armenia for 2021, and just give Athena the 2022 spot if they want her to represent Armenia.

Leo
Leo
10 months ago
Reply to  Azaad

I have indeed thought about that idea. However I would like 2021 (unless it’s physically impossible) as the final is on her birthday. Alex Rybak partook on his, though that was with How You Write a song. Any other acts done ESC on theirs?

Last edited 10 months ago by Leo
Loin dici
Loin dici
10 months ago
Reply to  Leo

That’s kind of disappointing, it’s definitely harder for Athena. Although I’m not gonna stop there since same scenario could also be applied for Stefania, yet ERT had progressed way faster (regardless of the availability of direct flights). I think there’s still possibility to work as separate teams (Athena’s managerial team in Germany (?) and the Armenian delegation in Yerevan). I think one/more of these could also be considered: David and team probably wanted another Depi Evratesil; It’s harder for both parties to come together ever scenario C or D is commenced; They had harder times in the past months (we… Read more »

Leo
Leo
10 months ago
Reply to  Loin dici

I do think the war could have had an effect. Athena promised to release the ballad in September or October, but openly admitted it was put back due to the conflict, which of course stopped Armenia from partaking in the kid’s contest and makes it harder to travel there. I wouldn’t expect a full selection, but if or when Athena is given the role, I would really want her fans to have a say in the song she does, whether it’s just her asking them in an insta Q&A or livestream, an online selection, or a televised event from Athens… Read more »

Lucianna
Lucianna
10 months ago
Reply to  Joe

As I remember, people will choose the czech song from probably 3 songs that Benny will made. I suppose it will be like this year – online voting.

Leo
Leo
10 months ago
Reply to  Lucianna

It wouldn’t be surprising as Benny is another very active and marketable act, like Hurricane.

Tom
Tom
10 months ago
Reply to  Leo

Exciting for Kemama 2.0

Denis
Denis
10 months ago

Storms don’t last forever..

Joe
Joe
10 months ago
Reply to  Denis

But when it all comes down, we’ll be safe and sound…
(Wait, wrong song)

Leo
Leo
10 months ago

Glad of it, though I wonder if it will lead to English, Serbian and multilingual versions of the same song. I think Hurricane will do very well with it.

Nicky
Nicky
10 months ago
Reply to  Leo

public decides so, i think a serbian entry, which isn’t bad at all, since that will make it stand out a lot more, we will get a modern balkan entry anyway

english is nice enough for fun, but in serbian its better for results

Leo
Leo
10 months ago
Reply to  Nicky

I wonder if Serbia will consider the draw, where they will rely on diaspora votes from Switzerland and France rather than neighbourly voting, with the other 3 ex-Yugoslav nations in heat 1, and if that will affect the language choice. I think bilingual is the best if it is coherent, and I’m sure it can be.

1998
1998
10 months ago
Reply to  Leo

Nothing is safe. Remember 2013, when there were 4 (i repeat FOUR) Ex-Yugoslav countries in the first semi final and NONE of them qualified for the final?

I just really hope that we will finally break this curse of being eliminated every 4 years, but I’m also worried because I don’t like the draw for Serbia at all… But then again I remember 2013 and realize that absolutely nothing is safe…