Since 2007, the song contest Beovizija has been used on and off to select Serbia‘s entry for Eurovision. But that partnership has come to an end. Broadcaster RTS will hold their own national final to select Serbia’s entry for Turin.
Serbian media are reporting that the end of Beovizija as Serbia’s Eurovision national final is the result of a disagreement between Beovizija producer Saša Mirković and broadcaster RTS.
Mirković issued a statement confirming that his production company Megaton would organise Beovizija 2022 — but that the contest would screen on a different broadcaster than RTS.
In a statement, Megaton said that RTS’s license to use Beovizija had expired in 2020 and the production company was not willing to renew it.
The strained relationship between the production company and the broadcaster appear to centre around the appointment of RTS’s Editor of Entertainment and Sports, Olivera Kovačević. Megaton did not have kind words to say about Kovačević and seemed adamant that they were not prepared to work with RTS while she was there.
RTS have confirmed that as Serbia’s only member broadcaster of the European Broadcasting Union, only they have the right to organise Serbia’s entries for Eurovision.
Beovizija debuted in 2003 and since 2007 it has been used sporadically to select Serbia’s entry for Eurovision. The show was first used from 2007 to 2009. The show was revived in 2018 and used to select the Serbian Eurovision act for three years.
In other years, RTS used different national selection formats or internally selected their Eurovision act.
The shows will go on
This season, fans of Serbian music will be treated to two national song contests: Beovizija and Serbia’s new Eurovision national final RTS Takmičenje za Pesmu Evrovizije (RTS Contest for the Eurovision Song).
Entries for Beovizija are currently open and will close on 1 December. Beovizija rules are clear that songs cannot have been entered in any other contest. The contest selection committee will pick 36 acts to compete in the two semi-finals of Beovizija. Sixteen acts will compete in the grand final.
Rather than the winning getting a ticket to Eurovision 2022, the victorious act will receive a prize of 50,000 euros. Second place will be 30,000 euros, third place 20,000 euros.
The broadcast dates of Beovizija 2022 have not been confirmed, but the contest will take place sometime in February.
Meanwhile, things are well underway for RTS Takmičenje za Pesmu Evrovizije, the new show which will decide Serbia’s act for Eurovision 2022.
In late September, RTS opened the entry period for the contest. The broadcaster has revealed that so far over 100 entries have been received. An expert committee will shortlist acts for the semi-finals. There will be between two and four semis, depending on the quality of entries.
All the shows will be filmed in studio 8 at RTS. The show hosts have not been revealed yet, but there are claims it will be a male-female couple.
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