Photos: RTS

Belgrade played host to the latest national selection on Tuesday. Semi-final 1 of Pesma za Evroviziju 24 took place as Serbia began the search for a Eurovision star.

We were treated to 14 performances during the semi-final, but only eight of the acts ultimately secured a spot in the grand final.

The lucky contestants included pre-contest favourites Breskvica and Zorja.

Pesma za Evroviziju 24: Semi-final 1 results

The results were determined by a 50:50 split between votes from a jury and the public at home. The top eight of their combined ranking will now move on to Saturday’s grand final.

Non-qualifiers

Which of the semi-final 1 acts stood out most to you? Can any of these artists go on to win PzE 24? Share your thoughts below.

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Michael
Michael
1 month ago

Does Constracta have mobility issues? Why did she choose to sit this one out (literally and figuratively) with arguably the best song of the night? I guess the dough in a basin was a cute nod to her prior ESC entry but that got old after 15 seconds. Where was the creativity in visual presentation? I’m scratching my head as she was presented to us a strong imaginative artist a few years ago. What a shame.

funkerman24
funkerman24
1 month ago

I love how none of their eyebrows move

Olaf
Olaf
1 month ago

Zorja is a massive bore from the 90s, guys really? we’re in 2024.

Yeah yeah fire
Yeah yeah fire
1 month ago

A lot of the acts were going by AI and futurism vibes, which ironically made Breskvica’s oldschool wings and kitch stand out. Lol.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
1 month ago

I knew Zorja could pull it off! My winner before she even stood on stage and she CERTAINLY is now! However, looking at the Youtube views and hype, there’s still enough to say that Breskvica might win the televote and do decently with the jury to win and go to Eurovision. I actually don’t mind it but yeah Zorja would definitely give Serbia it’s best result this year, especially with the juries. If it goes, it will be THE BEST BALLAD and Serbia have a chance! The staging is waaaay too dark however but the wig and mirrors make sense… Read more »

lasse braun
lasse braun
1 month ago

queen zorja or nothing!
no one can beat that when it comes to singing skills and music quality.
but I know that serbia may have other plans and that this fan base influenced televote could be a factor against her.
this year there is no ballad including all NF with this masterful quality in which all good things come together.
so go zorja!
🙂

Ultima Thule
Ultima Thule
1 month ago
Reply to  lasse braun

She is impressive, but the song itself is pretty meh. Safe final if she goes, but 10-15 in the end.

lasse braun
lasse braun
1 month ago
Reply to  Ultima Thule

i like the thought that you think if she win in serbia,the malmö final is safe. 🙂

Ultima Thule
Ultima Thule
1 month ago
Reply to  lasse braun

I think that Malmo final is safe with almost whatever Serbia sends. Even Breskvica wouldn’t flop because there are lots of Serbian people living abroad who like these etno / nationalistic songs. There aren’t many ballads in Semi 1, so if Serbia sends any ballad it will likely go through, since they have Croatia, Slovenia and other Slavic countries here. The only other country that will have a ballad is Portugal, which is a safe NQ whatever they send (Portuguese NF is a complete snooze fest, nothing interesting there). But if we talk about doing well and get some top… Read more »

Michael
Michael
1 month ago
Reply to  Ultima Thule

Portugal is going to the final if Iolanda wins the NF. It will be top ten at the ESC final – a very powerful performance which she delivers with ease. Check out the NF video performance. Wakey, wakey!

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
1 month ago
Reply to  Ultima Thule

How is it meh?

Ultima Thule
Ultima Thule
1 month ago

Because you hear parts of this song in every darker Disney song. It is reminiscent of many ballads in the last 30 years. The topic of the song is not groundbreaking either. Who is the character in the mirror, the struggles of finding yourself etc, it is a good topic to put forward always, but we have literally thousands of songs with a similar topic. The staging is literal. I don’t want to bash it too much, she is a great singer, I wouldn’t mind if this goes to Eurovision. But even Eurovision is not creme de la creme of… Read more »

Kristina
Kristina
1 month ago

Hristina was very nice surprise! Amazing voice and performance!

Alex_Eurovision
Alex_Eurovision
1 month ago

Zorja is above everyone in the semi 1 . I’m rooting for her or Konstrakta.

Alex
Alex
1 month ago

Kind reminder that Breskvica’s song is referring to the tensions between Serbia and Kosovo (alongside Albania). Even one of the songwriters said that the song is about the political status of Kosovo.

Sasa
Sasa
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

Kind of a reminder that this song is based on your perception, and the way you wanna see it …. and that that is the beauty of it . So my friend eat Nutella and spared it over your nose . Best Regards.

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Sasa

Yeah sure, the black eagle’s *nest* mentioned in lyrics is Kosovo (black eagle = Albania), it’s very evident in fact. Also “awaiting the black eagles to leave the land” isn’t convincing enough to whom it refers to?

Ultima Thule
Ultima Thule
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

To be precise, black bird, not eagle. Eagle is mentioned, but as a symbol for Serbia. But I agree it has that type of connotation, but I think it is more broad.

Overall it says Serbia is a victim of injustice, and there will be time when justice will come.

It can relate to Croatia, Kosovo, USA, Bosnia, or everything mentioned. Not only Kosovo, that would be too narrow.

jojo
jojo
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

No it is a white eagle’s nest and “black birds” which attack the nest and destroy it from above. So the “black birds” are bomber planes. But it talks about it happening repeatedly, so it is referencing WWII and WWI, and perhaps earlier battles where there was bombardment (though not from planes).

Non
Non
1 month ago

Looks like Zarja likely to win for now, unless someone from Semi Final 2 snatch it. There is some good songs in Semi Final 2

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
1 month ago
Reply to  Non

Breskvica might still win the televote based on Youtube views and likes alone.

Kunelaki
Kunelaki
1 month ago

This was such a great show, production, stagings, particularly voices! Ah, what great singers omg! Zorja, well, no words to explain that! Winning vibes, she has everything one quality and good song needs to have!! Enjoyed a lot! Can’t wait for more! Thanks, Serbia 😀

Steven
Steven
1 month ago

Zorja’s staging was nothing like I expected. It’s boring, monotone, too dark… The camera angles were not dramatic at all…
All in all, it’s not even close to her 2022. performance, which is quite sad since the song itself is better this year. If she wins, RTS should hire someone else to stage her performance since this gives a low budget vibes. The queen like herself shouldn’t let amateurs stage this.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
1 month ago
Reply to  Steven

I was expecting more staging akin to Estonia 2018 or Moldova 2013 with a big lit up dress. Instead it was too dark. However, the mirrors matched the lyrics of the song.

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
1 month ago
Reply to  Steven

Idk I quite liked it, the only thing I didn’t need in the performance were her faces of LED which never works, but apart from that performance was quite good.

jojo
jojo
1 month ago
Reply to  Steven

Yes, she can be an evil queen or a vain angry person with a colorful dress and jewels too. And then taking them off at the end, the simple woman would be a big contrast.

Bejba
Bejba
1 month ago

Is Zarja A Man At Birth ? Genuily Asking Because I Can Not Tell

Nash
Nash
1 month ago
Reply to  Bejba

Who is Zarja?

Kunelaki
Kunelaki
1 month ago
Reply to  Bejba

It’s very interesting how many Croats came to comment and hate this SPECTACULAR PZE and GREAT singers…Most of them also telling it was pre-recorded AHHAHAHA what a joke!

jojo
jojo
1 month ago
Reply to  Kunelaki

Yes, the Croat winner Baby Lasagna’s song is a sample.

Teddi
Teddi
1 month ago

Breskvica’s outfit looks like she got it from AliExpress. The whole performance was disappointing – quite boring.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago

The photo of Zorja used on this article gives me Vicky Leandros 1972 vibes.

WOMP WOMP
WOMP WOMP
1 month ago

Breskvica, amazing, lyrics and performer but the staging was disappointing. She is also performing third in the final, which in all honesty does not mean anything, people are going to vote for their favourite regardless of the running order so yeah she is still a possible PZE winner

Eurovision fans
Eurovision fans
1 month ago

Zorja’s song reminds me of the golden era of Serbia at Eurovision from 2000s, it feels very personal and vocally it’s just perfect. She would be serious contender to be jury winner at Eurovision if she wins PZE! I think jury loves when an artist develops some kind of character on the stage. Loreen, Barbara Pravi, Sam Ryder, Tamara and Cesar all had that moment.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
1 month ago

Latvia, France and Serbia would be the big three jury ballads at Eurovision if this went but I think Serbia would just about have the edge

Hanna
Hanna
1 month ago

Belgium says hello

Cookie Nation
Cookie Nation
1 month ago
Reply to  Hanna

I wouldn’t say Belgium is a ballad, though

Jack
Jack
1 month ago

Zorja can and should win this. This performance was out of this world

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Jack

We still have semifinal two to go through so we’ll see if she has it in the bag or we have stiff competition

Milan
Milan
1 month ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

We have stiff competition ?

Milan
Milan
1 month ago
Reply to  Milan

The ? is wiwi being unable to render smilies

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
1 month ago
Reply to  Jack

She should definitely win the whole thing but Breskvica will probably do really well with the televote plus have a good jury score…

Antonio
Antonio
1 month ago

Zorja and Hristina are the winners in this semi-final. Amazing performances, great vocals. Well done girls! Also, I really liked Marko Mandic and Lena Kovacevic and I am so happy to see them in the final. Breskvica was very obvious qualifier, but she disappointed me the most. Vocally, she was ok, but that performance was 1$. Looked very cheap and dated! M.IRA is the shock qualifier in this semi, while Fillari is the shock non-qualifier tonight. His performance was amazing!

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
1 month ago
Reply to  Antonio

Breskvica actually impressed me more than the studio version, which I thought was bland.

Jovana
Jovana
1 month ago
Reply to  Antonio

M.IRA qualified because one of her dancers was in Serbian version of Survivor and it’s really popular here.

Steven
Steven
1 month ago

This wasn’t actually that good. Zorja’s performance was monotone and boring, the camera angles weren’t doing her a favor either. Her vocals were on point though I wish she held that one note longer as in the studio version. Overall, a massive downgrade in comparison to her last appearance, which is sad since this song is way better than “Zorja.”

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Steven

”Zorja’s performance was monotonous”??? Have you only watched the postcard before the song??? She could wake you up from the dead…well, not you clearly, but a person whose hearing may not be that impaired…really…some people…

Marija
Marija
1 month ago

I really want three serbian entries this year (Zorja, Breskvica, Teya Dora)

Mr Banana
Mr Banana
1 month ago

Sama obviously too subtle for the masses. Bit sad that didn’t progress to the final. Beautiful chords.

Stian F
Stian F
1 month ago

5 of my favourites after the live performances qualified…song 2 and 3 in the running order were horrible and shouldnt have qualified. I preferred Filarri as it was such a beautiful visual staging and song was ok, and I also liked the second to last song in the running order a lot. Sad to see it gone.

I have to say that I was so surprised by the beautiful and simplistic staging of Hristinas song…that was amazing.

Teo
Teo
1 month ago

The fact that this whole show and performances are pre-recorded is quite disappointing to be honest. Yes, it’s a great production but make it great while doing it live,that’s a challenge .

Ultima Thule
Ultima Thule
1 month ago
Reply to  Teo

Interval acts are prerecorded, nothing else.

Melissa
Melissa
1 month ago

Anything that stops anti-Kosovo sentiments from winning is good in my books honestly lol

Alex
Alex
1 month ago

Queens of fillers

Efthymios
Efthymios
1 month ago

Zorja will perform 11th, a good draw for her.

Efthymios
Efthymios
1 month ago

Breskvica is doomed, she will perform 3rd.

Fejs u ogledalu
Fejs u ogledalu
1 month ago

I hope Croats wont vote for Peach-ka like they voted for Luke last year.

Efthymios
Efthymios
1 month ago

Nevermind, they will draw their positions after all.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
1 month ago

Mostly good results. However, Filarri not qualifying was an absolute CRIME. His staging stood out BIG time and he improved his vocals. The song pops and is the only one other than Zorja’s song that I stream. Saša Báša & Virtual Ritual’s song also had the ability to go viral.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
1 month ago

Also, the dancing Minotaurs are a vibe that we wont be getting…

Eve
Eve
1 month ago

I’m surprised than none of those you mentioned went to the final. Those acts are like a breath of fresh air in between all those neverending female ballads…

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
1 month ago
Reply to  Eve

Yeah, the male acts are really shaking it up this year. In comparison, they’re giving the females ballads and pop numbers, mostly stale apart from a few obvious ones! Though I do think a good ballad will stand out at Eurovision this year!

Efthymios
Efthymios
1 month ago

Aren’t the artists going to draw their Final positions like the last time? What happened?

Ari
Ari
1 month ago

Breskvica and Marko Mandic are my faves for now. Looking forward to the other half.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago

They were the right results, unless I’m forgetting someone.

Eve
Eve
1 month ago

Blaaah no Filarri, no Electroljubav, not even dancing Taurus …
Dissapointed.

Efthymios
Efthymios
1 month ago

Oh, they left Zorja for last, they’re savage, lol.

Fillari is out, which is a surprise.

Milan
Milan
1 month ago
Reply to  Efthymios

It was so obvious they’d leave her for last, I just wondered who the first 7 would be.

zach
zach
1 month ago

ok but why hasn’t zorjs qualified yet??

John
John
1 month ago

Is this a vote for the worst 8 songs?

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago

Will it be the same pre-recorded performance we see in the final, or will there be a repeat pre-record?

Eve
Eve
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Are you saying we won’t see them singing all live at all,?

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Eve

I don’t know.

Pedja
Pedja
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Why do you believe that it’s prerecorded???? It’s a live show dude ???? by the EBU regulations RTS is organising this and the first rule is show is live, singing live.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Pedja

Malta broke the t. that rule this year, if it exists. Anyway, the show was live as far as hosting and results, but the performances were pre-recorded I believe. Just for logistical reasons, nothing sinister.

Kunelaki
Kunelaki
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

The only reason that sounded like that to you as all voices are INCREDIBLE! Period …I am sorry but your comment is either Chidish or someone who cannot hear actually, at all.

Kunelaki
Kunelaki
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

You are just a little hater, nothing else.

Milan
Milan
1 month ago
Reply to  Kunelaki

Do stop …

Ultima Thule
Ultima Thule
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

The show is not prerecorded, only the interval acts. Or you think that they just gathered at 1 AM local time for the finalists draw, while everything else was filmed before? Or they were just sitting there for 3 hours as well and watching their prerecorded performances while Kristina and Stefan were “entertaining” them? Both versions make sense.

Woof
Woof
1 month ago

Nice, Lena did it: love the smooth cape-verdian music-like kind of song

Efthymios
Efthymios
1 month ago

No, no, no, no3 qualified… 🙁

Eve
Eve
1 month ago
Reply to  Efthymios

Shocking

TheHenno
TheHenno
1 month ago

I wonder how much RTS are milking from YT for the livestream revenue

idk
idk
1 month ago

They are dragging this way too long. And it’s obviously prerecorded with no audience.

WOMP WOMP
WOMP WOMP
1 month ago
Reply to  idk

It has no audience and it aint live, my biggest problem with PZE. When Beovizija was still around everything felt more geniuine

Kunelaki
Kunelaki
1 month ago
Reply to  idk

Well, that is actually a compliment, Serbia can thank you. When you say that ( and its obvious that everything IS live) that only means they are GREAT! 🙂

Ultima Thule
Ultima Thule
1 month ago
Reply to  idk

It’s not prerecorded, and it didn’t have audience in previous years either and they are not even hiding it. Interval acts are prerecorded, and the applause is recorded. Everything else is live. Like it was last year as well.

idk
idk
1 month ago

”livestream”

Teo
Teo
1 month ago
Reply to  idk

Right ? I find it very disappointing, it is so prerecorded from vocals to whole show.

Efthymios
Efthymios
1 month ago

Serbians are the best at doing tribute medleys in their National final whenever a different country is hosting Eurovision. They’re truly dedicated and I respect them so much about that. The ABBA tribute tonight was very good.

Louka
Louka
1 month ago
Reply to  Efthymios

I remember now they did the same last year to celebrate Liverpool musical heritage.

TheHenno
TheHenno
1 month ago

Crikey, I started this stream over two hours ago, went out to the pub, came back and it’s still going. Long show for a semi…

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago

When will the finalists be announced and how many of them will go to the final?

Eve
Eve
1 month ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

8 out of 14
No idea when …

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

We’re now enjoying a freestyle a Capella version of Take A Chance On Me, please don’t interrupt.

Eve
Eve
1 month ago

A little bit too much of Abba if you ask me …

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Eve

There is NO SUCH THING as too much ABBA.

Unless Senhit is involved.

Woof
Woof
1 month ago

Money money money balkans version is pretty cool as well

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Woof

We’re back to regular ABBA style for Dancing Queen, sadly.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago

I like that this ABBA medley, a ouija pop rock Gimme Gimme Gimme, an opera Fernando, child ballerinas, a traditional Celtic jamboree Does Your Mother Know… at least it’s different.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Now a Buranovskiye Babushki version of Money Money Money… it only gets better!

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Complete with brass section!