Olivera Kovacevic , the editor-in-chief of entertainment programmes at RTS, is taking Eurovision 2022 very seriously. And it seems her hard work is paying off. She’s revealed that by last week the broadcaster had already received 100 submissions for Beovizija 2022. That’s already more than any other Serbian national final since 2008.
Speaking on the Dnevik tv show, she said: “We want as many applications as possible so that we can choose the best songs.”
As part of the selection process, artists are required to send in audio of them actually singing the composition.
“The most important thing is to have a good song and a representative who can actually sing it well. You already know how strict the jury is, since the jury is always our biggest problem. They don’t just judge the interpretation but also the vocal abilities of the performers.”
Serbia: Beovizija 2022 song submissions
Serbia opened its submissions process last month and will keep it open until December 1. Given that there’s frequently a huge rush to submit song at the last minute, it’s very likely the number will grow significantly.
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.”