Serbia’s Konstrakta washed her hands clean at Eurovision 2022, taking the country all the way to a fifth-place finish. That included a fourth-place result in the public vote, behind only Ukraine, Moldova and Spain.
Now the Serbian broadcaster RTS has put out the call for entries for Pesma za Evroviziju 2023 — its national selection for Eurovision. Aspiring artists have until 15 November to submit.
Vreme je za prijave! ????? pic.twitter.com/QOhwoyh84B— RTS | Serbia ESC (@SerbiaESC) September 1, 2022
The rules remain the same as last year. You can read them in full on the RTS Eurovision web site.
In short, a committee of music editors from RTS will select artists for the national selection “based solely on their artistic quality.”
“If no composition meets the required musical quality, RTS has the right to independently choose the composition.”
“If due to epidemic measures and recommendations that are in force, by the decision of the competent authorities of the Republic of Serbia, the Crisis Staff, the City Staff for Emergency Situations, etc., it is not possible to hold this festival, RTS will independently choose a composition that will represent the Republic of Serbia and RTS on the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest.”
Last year’s competition included several heavy hitters, including Eurovision 2013 alum Sara Jo and vocal powerhouse Zorja. But in the end the relatively unknown talent Konstrakta swished past all of them with “In Corpore Sano” – or “In A Healthy Body” in Latin.
While at first glance the repeated hand-washing, towel whipping and references to Meghan Markle seemed bizarre to some, the quirky song was layered with meaning and offered a critique of the country’s health system and our obsession with prioritising physical health over mental health.
It’s not yet known who will enter the 2023 national final. But during our recent trip to the Music Week Belgrade festival, we had our ears to the ground — and it kept whispering KLON.
The group consists of Nemanja Antonic and twin brothers Stanko and Stanje Budimkic. You may remember the brothers from Hurricane’s Eurovision 2020 music video for “Hasta la vista,” in which the ladies said goodbye to them with some killer dance moves.
Our friends in Serbia tell us that they view KLON as a male Hurricane, promising sick beats, fierce moves and strong looks. Whether they decide to apply remains to be seen.
Who do you want to see enter Serbia’s upcoming Eurovision selection? Let us know down below!
Honestly, after amazing Konstrakta, whoever goes I will be left underwhelmed…
Utterly fluky and singular and glorious. I’m not holding my breath on any ESC entry approximating that, ever.
I know it’s highly unlikely, but mayyyyybe there is a slim chance that Jelena Karleuša can participate in PZE? She is so iconic, she has a great voice and she is very famous on the whole balkan region. I adore In Corpore Sano but it’s highly unlike that something this original will be able to be sent again back-to-back. So a great quality ethnic bop I think would be an amazing choice for Serbia this year and arguably there is no better person in the country that can deliver an iconic and full of class performance singing an ethnic bop… Read more »
You obviously haven’t seen her “iconic” video, available at: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x48xvx
I’m afraid to press that link
No, she actually attempts to sing there.
I’m ready for one of most rigged national selection
if it was rigged then boring zorja or even worse aca lukas would have won and brought serbia yet another 20th place and below finish. the serbian people overwhelmingly voted for konstrakta and she DELIVERED
Last year actually not rigged, but every other year was rigged. When Hurricane won, winner was chosen many months before national final
sure, whatever. it’s not like hurricane is the biggest girl group in the balkans or anything… not to mention that no song in beovizija 2020 came even close to being as good as hasta la vista. stop complaining and making up rumors, its a bad look
There was Naiva…
You are clearly not aware of PZE…
I would like Serbia to give a good song in Serbian again, but the saddest thing is that the reputation of this country is the worst not only in the region but also in Europe, and you know Eurovision is a chance to repair the country’s image
Sadly for Croatia, not even Eurovision helps to improve country’s image which is downgraded in recent years after short increase in the nineties.
Croatia has a great image throughout Europe?
The truth is nobody really cares about Croatia or Serbia (or any other small country) in Europe so this “reputation” discussion is just useless anyway.
their 2022 selection was exquisite, may next year’s be on the same godly level
It’s gonna be hard to top Konstrakta but I’m exited to see what Serbia gives us! PZE’22 was really like strong so I have high expectations!
Happy New Eurovision Year to all eurofans!
i wanna see KLON taking part. The fandom will go crazy for them i just see it coming
they are the definition of cringe and the only fans that will be excited for them are 30+-year-old gays..
I couldn’t have said it better myself. There’s nothing exceptional about them at all, except for the fact they’re good-looking.
I can already picture the millennial gays thirsting over them for the entire Eurovision season and hyping up their sub-par song.
Konstrakta to KLON would be one of the biggest downgrades in history, they will never do it.
More entries like Kostrakta and less like Hurricane.
One of my favorite eurovision success stories is Konstrakta. The fact that a country like Serbia was supporting so much such an artistic and out of the box entry while people around Europe got the message while not singing in english is remarkable. We need more entries like in corpore sano. Well done Serbia, thats what eurovision is about.
It was such a joy to have Konstrakta at ESC!