RTS the Serbian national broadcaster has announced that Tijana Bogićević will represent the country at Eurovision 2017 in Ukraine.
Serbia has internally selected Tijana Bogićević to represent them at the 62nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine. Tijana was born on November 1, 1981 in Novi Sad, she has been singing since an early age and had her first musical break through 2001 when she joined Vlado Georgiev as a backing vocalist. Her most well known solo hit is the song “Čudo” which was released in 2013, the following year she went on to perform with Aleksa Jelić with their song “Jos jednom” going on to be a hit.
Tijana who currently lives in the United States has previous experience at the Eurovision Song Contest having been a backing singer for Serbia in 2011. The authors of the song that Tijana will perform in Kyiv are; Borislav Milanov, Bo Persson, Johan Alkenas and Lisa Ann-Marie Linder. They have worked on previous Eurovision entries including “If Love Was A Crime” and “Rise Like a Phoenix”.
The announcement of the Serbian participants leaves, Australia, Bulgaria, San Marino and Russia as the only countries who are holding internal selections to have not yet revealed their singers. Of the four remaining countries, both San Marino and Russia have made no public announcements as to when to expect the reveal of either their singer or song.
The reveal of the Serbian entry for Kyiv will take place in March.
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Serbia debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest at the 2007 contest in Helsinki, Finland. Serbia won the contest in their debut represented by Marija Serifovic and the song “Molitva”, it was the first song since 1995 to be performed entirely in a language other than English. Marija scored a total of 268 points beating runners-up Ukraine. Serbia did not compete in the 2014 contest in Denmark due to financial difficulties. To date Serbia has finished inside the top.10 in the final on four occasions.