Following their win at Beovizija in 2020, the women of Hurricane have become some of the biggest stars in Serbia. Besides burnishing their own image, Sanja Vučić, Ivana Nikolić and Ksenija Knežević have helped turn up the dial on Serbia at Eurovision and with it the national selection contest.
Now Serbian broadcaster RTS has opened registration for their national selection process for Eurovision 2022. The submission period closes on December 1.
In the official rules and submission packet, they don’t refer to the show as Beovizija, but rather as “the festival”, suggesting they may well re-brand it. We’re using Beovizija here as shorthand for the national selection show.
National selection details
The broadcaster says that performers must be citizens of Serbia and that songs have to be sung in languages used in Serbia. Authors should enclose a finished recording of the composition master with backing track, a mix without backing vocals and a mix with backing vocals. They also want to hear the interpretation of the performer who will perform the composition at the competition (so not a demo featuring someone else). RTS can suggest certain changes and additions to the composition.
Given the ongoing uncertainty brought about by the pandemic, the broadcaster reserves the right to cancel the festival and choose its act independently. The rules state:
“In case of epidemiological measures and recommendations made by the authorities of the Republic of Serbia….[that] make it impossible to hold the Festival, RTS will independently choose a composition that will represent the Republic of Serbia and RTS at the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest.”
Music editors from the broadcaster will decide which songs will advance to the national final “guided exclusively by the artistic quality of those compositions.”
Applications for the competition must be submitted by December 1, 2021 via the RTS portal.
Hurricane continue to ride wave of popularity
Hurricane placed 15th in the grand final of Eurovision 2021. That’s the country’s best finish since 2015, when Bojana Stamenov placed tenth with her song “Beauty Never Lies.”
Earlier this month the fierce trio had our barometers bursting yet again as they blew through Music Week Belgrade with the force of several storms.
As you can see in our playlist below, the audience knew pretty much every lyric of every song — demonstrating their ongoing popularity at home.