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!