Serbia’s journey to choosing an entry for Eurovision 2023 began on Wednesday night. Semi-final 1 of Pesma za Evroviziju 23 hit our screens with 16 acts vying for 8 spots in the grand final.
If you missed it, you can watch the whole things back on broadcaster RTS’s YouTube channel.
Pesma za Evroviziju 23 semi-final 1
Both a jury and the public had their say. The final outcome was determined by a 50:50 split between their votes.
After being announced, the qualifiers randomly drew their starting positions for the grand final — these are given in brackets.
The qualifiers were:
- Stefan Shy – “Od jastuka do jastuka” (1)
- Princ – “Cvet sa Istoka” (12)
- Chegi & Braća Bluz Band – “Svadba ili kavga” (8)
- Boris Subotić – “Nedostupan” (2)
- Luke Black – “Samo mi se spava” (10)
- Filip Baloš – “Novi plan drugi san” (11)
- Nađa – “Moj prvi ožiljak na duši” (5)
- Empathy Soul Project – “Indigo” (15)
These eight acts will join the eight qualifiers from Thursday’s semi-final 2 in the grand final on Saturday.
- Mattia Zanatta & Angela Kassiani – “Novi svet”
- Adem Mehmedović – “Osmeh”
- Nađa – “Moj prvi ožiljak na duši”
- Tijana Dapčević – “Mamim”
- Princ – “Cvet sa Istoka”
- Filip Baloš – “Novi plan drugi san”
- Filip Žmaher – “Čujemo se sutra”
- Luke Black – “Samo mi se spava”
- Angellina – “Lanac”
- Empathy Soul Project – “Indigo”
- Stefan Shy – “Od jastuka do jastuka”
- Hercenšlus – “Vremenska zona”
- Savo Perović – “Presidente”
- Igor Stanojević – “Iza duge”
- Boris Subotić – “Nedostupan”
- Chegi & Braća Bluz Band – “Svadba ili kavga”
What did you think of the show? Do you think the ultimate winner of Pesma za Evroviziju 23 will be a qualifier from semi-final 1? Shout out in the comments below.
EDIT : Boris Subotic it’s very good also and his voice it’s so good, the stage & the melody are good also. Darkhorse of PZE 2023 !
Just saw Savo’s performance and i’m BAFFLED why he didn’t get through. Maybe he was borderline and the juries let him down? He actually performed well and the staging was good!
presidente not having in the final is a shame.
was for me the best song yesterday (together with hercenšlus) – on third place princ.
luke black (as yann before) didn’t really deliver.
the jury has judged in parts very conservative – maybe a bad sign for zejna with her stunning rumba bop.
The song ‘Rumba’ is a little too repetitive for me. But with good staging, it can do well, especially considering that, in terms of the songs, SF2 is less competitive than SF1.
din daa daa dudum didum…
Luke Black’s performance needs better camera work, that was a bit messy.
Filip Baloš has a very good song and a very bad performance. He looks like Herr Flick from Gestapo (Alo Alo series) haha in that black leather coat. The performance is inadequate for this kind of song.
His time is yet to come and we shouldn’t be sending him away now that we have something much more effective and better, which is Luka’s song.
I disagree, I think Filip had an excellent performance. Luke was good as well, so I think the victory will eventually be decided between two of them.
I voted for Luke Black in the semi-final and I will also support him in the final because I think he has the best and most effective esc package.
His performance can certainly be improved which he and his team would surely create, perhaps even conceptually a completely new type of performance.
Luke Black was my favorite going into this semi, but Filip Balos completely blew me away.
I think I prefer Filip because his staging was so sleek and his vocals were perfect. Luke’s staging was a little messy and his vocals weren’t great.
In my opinion, this was mostly pretty good. I was pleasantly surprised with the stage; many participants made the most of it. I am honestly glad that Angelina and Presidente didn’t go through. Angelina had excellent video behind her, but again she is worried about how to catch the right angle of the camera instead of singing well. She is a typical representative of Gen-Z Instagram/TikTok shallowness. She can’t sing, and she is not talented at all, but for this genre, she could take some singing lessons to be at least decent. Presidente also sounded badly, although I have to… Read more »
I really enjoyed Empathy Soul Project, but it would not be the right choice for Serbia, as there are so many bands already.
Nooo, Mi Presidente! And Angelina!
At least my boys Luke and Filip got through! There’s still more work to be done on their performances even if they impressed me! Glad Empathy Soul Project got through. Indigo is a pleasant and underrated song!
Feel so sad for Angellina, didn’t deserve this. 🙁
Konstrakta’s new video/song is a pure masterpiece. How can anyone not like this woman?
Savo Perovi? not qualifying was the biggest surprise for me….I guessed the other 7 qualifiers. Maybe cuz he was singing about a president, and the Serbian president didn’t take a liking to that ??
I think Filip Baloš had overall the best performance. Luke’s song is my personal favourite, but he needs to amplify the vocals a bit and clean up the staging. It was a great show overall but, boy, do they talk too much!!!!
As an uninteresting person worthy to be mocked I would say that my winner of this heat is Savo Perovic. You can mock if you want.
And disappointed it didn’t make it.
Only -4, I’m disappointing the downvoting mafia is already sleeping….I hope for more tomorrow, come on you can do it! Show me your hate.
He is so Eurovision 2005. This time is gone, we have to move forward so no surprises he didn’t make it.
I liked it personally…the song is catchy.
Right now i’m in the spot where i still don’t know if i absolutly love or hate Luke’s performance. But i’m pretty sur that’s a good thing. Also Filip was amazing. A lot of things can still be improved but they’ve got a great starting package.
Ngl i’m really dissapointed for Angellina. Yeah vocals weren’t perfect, but the visuals were just outstanding. That gave me Mortak Kombat and i just loved it.
Luke Black, Filip Balos, Princ & Chegi Bluz Bend are the best of this night !
I love also Nada, its cute & Stefan Shy.
The rest is not my cup of tea…
What, Angellina & Savo Perovic are out ?!? It’s crazy …
I’m so excited for tomorrow with Hurricane, Zejna, Fillari, Ivona & Andjela !!!!
3 out of the 5 I was pulling for made it, Luke, Filip Balos and Nadja were all obvious qualifiers, Adem I knew he just wasn’t going to after that performance sadly, and Savo not advancing either was a bit of a surprise but it is what it is I guess.
my favorites were definitely like black and filip balos
Angellina kind of had beef with RTS a few days ago, there was a clip where she was kind of cut from a program and she complained, some people said it was because of her participation in programs by the broadcaster “Pink”.
Savo also kind of had an anti-regime song… so probably explains why they didn’t qualify IF it was rigged.. I mean why not.. RTS is close to an authoritarian government
Well, nobody’s a Saint but they’d never reach “Poland Jurors” levels.
Yeah. TVP and Edyta Gorniak have been silent from the day Polish national selection was aired, and are just letting Blanka receive all the public fire.
Stefan was my biggest suprise tonight. Him being kinda quiet/awkward (and shy) and the contrast somehow worked and was appealing.
Luke Black and Filip really delivered as well. Probably the two strongest packages for Serbia
Also, it is just not a great year for women in music industry this year… People just prefer male acts in 2023…Grammys, Eurovision national selections… Whatever. Strange development really…
7 out of 8 qualifiers are male acts, only 1 female… Thats a wow Serbia!
Ignores the multitude of amazing female songwriters who all contribute to the music industry as well.
How fascinating that the majority of good songs come from men, the majority of good movies come from men, the majority of political leaders are men (both this year and in history). I guess women are just not good enough. Stop being so pc. Not the fault of men that they’re simply better in everything I guess. Btw. Some people prefer female voices and it’s okay to not like this trend.
What IS a good a song, though?
To be fair, almost all of my personal favorites from PZE this year are men. Last year, I had 4 women in my top 5. Depends on the song. And unlike Italy, Serbia often sends women, so I really wouldn’t say that they have prejudices there.
You have to start counting Serbia from 2007, and men have represented Serbia 3 1/2 time and women 10 1/2 times. I count 2018 as 1/2-1/2 since there was a woman and a man as the lead singers. I also don’t count 2020, even though it was the Hurricane women who were supposed to represent.
You should’ve seen how the 2006 Slovenian juries sabotaged Saša Lendero…
That’s actually surprising because Serbia is well known for having female representatives. I believe Zeljko, Marko and Milan were their only male singers? It’s not about voting for genders, just that this year boys served more.
Then as a composer for Montenegro or Bosnia if they come back. I love him, but right now i just want Serbia to stay out of their confort zone. Love them experimenting.
2018 mixed group
Serbia sent a woman last year, a 3-woman group the year before, the same 3-woman group was supposed to go in the cancelled 2020 year, in 2019 Serbia sent a woman, in 2018 it was a mix of a woman and man lead singers with the back singers also being women, in 2017, 2016, 2015 it was also women. 2014 was a skipped year after the failure by the 3-woman group of 2013 failed to qualify. In 2012, it was a man (Zeljko Joksimovic), it 2011 a woman, 2010 and 2009 were men and 2008 and 2007 were women. So… Read more »
Please, don’t use this “it must be 50-50 politics-let’s make fake fairness just to have fake equal representation” policy: nobody cares about gender here, everyone had an EQUAL chance to present him/herself the way she/he wanted and public and juries voted this way. People prefer whatever they like so please chill.
Last year, more of the women had better songs in this national selection. This year, most of the young guys do.
bruh, the year started with Miley Cyrus and Shakira dominating, and now their successors are Karol G, PinkPantheress and Ice Spice, tf is u talkin abt
I only saw the performances of Luke and Filip and I honestly prefer Filip by miles. Better vocals, staging, overall look.
Luke’s vocals were quite weak, but the staging is good
Luke’s performance is VERY out of the box, so polarizing, but I’m in the “I love it” side, so I’m beyond happy about these results. He was amazing; his song is more a performance, so I believe he was perfect delivering.
So glad for Luke, I really hope he wins the whole thing. His entry is really out-there, original, avangard, raw and most importantly – a banger – just what I like to see at eurovision.
Also glad Filip made it, great song, great vocals and probably the best visuals of the night.
Angellina’s performance was ten times better this year than last year ! I loved Orgami as a song but the performance wasn’t really good and I was kinda surprised when she finished in the top 5. And this time she brought a beautiful performance, stable vocals, originality… and she’s not going to the final ? Wtf
Shocked that Presidente is out!
That chorus has been stuck in my head on loop for days, I was certain he was a contender to win the entire thing.
Tijana had a bad song (again), so there’s that. I am happy with the finalists.
I applaud you, Serbia, you made my night worth it.
Go Nadja! Definitely the best one tonight!
Lanac robbed she improved so much
she being angellina
So happy for Filip, Luke, Na?a, Princ.. but sad Savo Perovi? didnt make it.
MY FAVORITE LAST YEAR AND THIS YEAR DIDNT MAKE IT!!!?!.,.1
Same, my top 4 is through!!
How did Angelina and Savo not make it?!?! Visually Angelina was absolutely amazing!
Yesss, two of my three favs came in as the two last ones to the final, Nada & Emapthy Soul Project! Sorry to see Hercenšlus out, but that’s life.
Some expected qualifications, but some really bizarre ones as well.
Got 5/8 qualifiers right, I’m actually surprised that i’m so far off. I guessed correctly with Luke, Na?a, Princ, Filip and Boris.
So glad Savo didn’t go through. That song was overhyped!!
His voice was also thin and pitchy.
Wow presidente out :O I wans’t a big fan of this but… wow.
Wrong, we lost both, lmaooo.
Aww… Nada. Bravo. Her song is so cute.
Come on Savo!
YEEES, NADJA MADE IT! That means that we may lose Savo or Angelina.
We lost both. And both were better than Indigo (at least based on the studio versions, as I missed the performances).
I had dismissed Indigo as a filler song, but it sounded much better in the live performance.
Last two will likely be Angellina and Savo…
Im shocked that they did not make it to the final. Savo was great
Filip is through.
My winner (Luke) also made it. <3
Bravo, Luke! 🙂
Bravo, Boris! 🙂
Boris is through too, yes!
I’m sorry wha-