No calm after the Hurricane: Serbia is already thinking about Eurovision 2022. RTS director of Entertainment, Olivera Kovacevic, has suggested that the national final Beovizija will return next year.
Apparently the country will bring back its traditional selection for 2022, and preparations have already started. Kovacevic broke the news of their plans on a Serbian TV show earlier this week. An official announcement is expected in June.
Beovizija took a year off in 2021 after the 2020 winners, Hurricane, were internally selected to return to Eurovision following its cancellation. Traditionally, Serbia’s national selection has gathered up to 20 artists and is known for a wide range of Balkan ballads and ethno-bangers.
According to Ms. Kovacevic, the finals of Beovizija 2022 are expected to take place in February. Whether there will be semi-finals or not is still unknown.
Beovizija: A key to Serbia’s success?
RTS first hosted Beovizija in 2003, when Serbia still formed a federation with Montenegro. While it was used as a semi-final in 2004 and 2005, it wasn’t until 2007 when the winner of Beovizija entered Eurovision.
Marija Serifovic won Beovizija in early 2007 and would go on to give Serbia their only Eurovision win so far. The following year was also a success, with Jelena Tomasevic coming 6th on home soil.
Beovizija has brought Serbia mixed results since then. They missed the final in 2009, which led to a re-work of the selection process. In 2010, 2011 and 2015, mini-shows with a few songs were held, while in 2012 Zeljko Joksimovic was internally selected. In 2013 a contest named “Beosong” led to the selection of Moje 3. RTS went internal in 2016 and 2017.
Ever since the return of Beovizija, Serbia has managed to qualify for the final. However, the results were not stellar: Sanja Ilic and Balkanika ended 19th while Nevena Bozovic came 18th. Hurricane did slightly better, coming 15th, although the song was internally selected.
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