On Thursday evening the world learned that Serbia had endured a second mass shooting in a week. Eight people died and 14 were injured in an attack in a village south of Belgrade when a man opened fire from his moving car. A day earlier a 13-year-old boy in the Serbian capital opened fire at a primary school and killed eight people and a security guard.
Luke Black learned about the first shooting just before taking the stage for his second rehearsal at Eurovision.
“In my second rehearsal, I had to go up upon hearing the news. I remember there was so much sorrow and rage,” he says. “I went crazy. Really. I thought I was going to break the camera at one point.”
The tragedy has obviously impacted Luke and the rest of the Serbian delegation. It’s not a time to celebrate, so they’re staying low-key. Today, during his visit to the Wiwibloggs LUSH Lounge, Luke did not perform. Instead he spoke about the tragedy and spoke of his love of Serbia.
“We’re all shaken up as a team here. It’s not a time to enjoy. It shouldn’t be. It’s a serious topic….As an artist I would really like to use this platform to pinpoint something that’s problematic and use the platform in a good way.”
And he’s doing that with his song, which discusses the angst and anxiety so many people feel. He sees it as a call for change.
“As much as I like to have fun and be funny, the song is pop and it has a bit of sarcasm in it. It has a really serious message in it.”