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Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #25 SERBIA – Sanja Ilić & Balkanika – “Nova deca”

There has been a long gap between our first Balkan country in the countdown and this second on the list. Appropriately, those two countries were once one unit and had a couple of years in the contest as Serbia and Montenegro. After a few years of singing in English, Serbia have returned with a Serbian-language song. Can they make a swift return to the grand final, after narrowly missing out last year?  Continue reading “Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #25 SERBIA – Sanja Ilić & Balkanika – “Nova deca””

Eurovision 2018 national selections: Beovizija 2018 (Serbia preview)

After two years of internal selection, Serbia returns to a national final, and a big one at that – there are 17 entries bidding for a place at Eurovision. It takes place on evening of Tuesday 20 February (one of two mid-week national finals this week with Germany on Thursday). On first listen, it’s a solid and quality field – probably one of the most consistent out of the national finals this year so it’s hard to predict who will win!  Continue reading “Eurovision 2018 national selections: Beovizija 2018 (Serbia preview)”

My top 5 songs from…Serbia

At last, it’s the very last former Yugoslav country, the seat of Yugoslavia’s old capital, and the most successful of the ex-Yugoslav countries at Eurovision since they began to enter as separate countries. Serbia is actually one of the newest Eurovision countries, only entering as separate country in 2007 (they entered as Serbia and Montenegro in 2004 and 2005).
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Eurovision 2017 previews countdown: #11 SERBIA – Tijana Bogićević – “In Too Deep”

Just missing out on the top 10, it’s our penultimate ex-Yugoslav country in the countdown – Serbia. They are the most successful and consistent of the Balkan countries (winning in 2007) and rarely failing to qualify for the grand final. Can Tijana continue that consistency and take Serbia to another decent result?
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Top 5 results by countries’ first time appearance at Eurovision

With this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest having just taken place (Georgia winning for a record 3rd time), and Belgium and Macedonia announcing their 2017 artists in the last few days, it’s definitely beginning to feel a lot like Eurovision season! Time for another top 5 – best debut performances of new countries at Eurovision. I’ve taken it from 1970 as by then, the original core of Western European countries were established, and afterwards saw entrances from the East – first the Mediterranean and Middle East (Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Israel), and then the waves of Eastern European and ex Soviet countries from 1994 onwards.  Continue reading “Top 5 results by countries’ first time appearance at Eurovision”

Eurovision 2016 previews countdown: #20 SERBIA – Sanja Vučić ZAA – “Goodbye (Shelter)”

We’re into the top 20 now and first up in that exclusive group is the penultimate ex-Yugoslav country – Serbia. Serbia first entered Eurovision as an independent nation in 2007 (having previously entered as part of Yugoslavia and then as Serbia and Montenegro) and were the first country to win Eurovision on their debut (excluding when Switzerland won in the first ever Eurovision). Serbia have followed a slightly similar pattern to Israel in that last year they entered a very uptempo, fun song, sung for the first time fully in English. Israel have stuck with all English but switched to a much more serious and reflective song. Serbia have done the same – all in English and a more serious tone – their song this year is about domestic abuse. Will it seem them reaching the top 10 again?
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