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 which were set to compete at Eurovision 2021 — 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.
Now, we want to know which Eurovision 2021 song from the region is your favourite. You can remind yourself of all four entries 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.
The Former Yugoslav republics at Eurovision 2021
Back in 1989, Riva represented Yugoslavia at Eurovision and recorded the country’s first and only victory. Following its dissolution, the independent nations which once comprised Yugoslavia now compete on their own. Each has delivered some iconic Eurovision moments in recent history — from Jacques Houdek’s dramatic performance for Croatia to Lea Sirk’s sassy song for Slovenia. North Macedonia won the jury vote in 2019 and Serbia won the contest back in 2007, when Marija Serifovic took Europe’s hearts with “Molitva”.
Not all of the former Yugoslav republics are present at Eurovision 2021. Montenegro withdrew in 2020 and remains absent in 2021, while Bosnia & Herzegovina hasn’t been seen since its last appearance in 2016. However, Croatia, North Macedonia, Serbia and Slovenia will compete. We want to know which of these countries has brought the best entry to Eurovision 2021 according to you!
Croatia: Albina — “Tick Tock”
Croatia is the only one of these countries to send a different artist than the one they intended for 2020. Damir Kedzo was due to represent Croatia last year before the contest’s untimely cancellation. However, Dora 2021 took place without him and Albina was crowned the winner. “Tick Tock” is a catchy pop tune complete with slick choreography and plenty of attitude. Is Albina taking you dancing?
North Macedonia: Vasil — “Here I Stand”
Vasil was internally selected to represent North Macedonia in 2020. After the contest was cancelled, North Macedonia opted to give him the ticket to Eurovision 2021 as well. “Here I Stand” brings the drama to Eurovision 2021 as Vasil reflects on his personal journey to the Eurovision stage. Can Vasil also reach the heights of Tamara Todevska, the reigning Eurovision jury winner? Afterall, he was one of her backing vocalists in Tel Aviv!
Serbia: Hurricane — “Loco Loco”
Hurricane won Beovizija 2020 with the song “Hasta la vista”. The group is comprised of Eurovision 2016 veteran Sanja Vucic, Ivana Nikolic and Ksenija Knezevic. Ksenija has also competed at Eurovision as a backing vocalist for her father Knez, who represented Montenegro in 2015. The trio were internally selected for Eurovision 2021 and released their song “Loco Loco”, which delivers all the same feels as “Hasta la vista”. Are you going loco for Hurricane?
Slovenia: Ana Soklič — “Amen”
Just like Hurricane, Ana Soklič won her country’s national final in 2020 with the song “Voda”. She was also internally selected for Eurovision 2021 after the previous contest’s cancellation. This year, she will perform “Amen”, a dramatic ballad which will be Slovenia’s first English language entry since 2017. Will you be worshipping at the altar of Ana Soklič?