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Serbia: Irina Brodić and Jana Paunović To Junior Eurovision

Irina Brodić and Jana Paunović will represent Serbia at this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Tbilisi, Georgia.

RTS have announced that Irina and Jana will represent Serbia at the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Although it was announced last week that the winning entry would be decided through a national final on Saturday 30th September, the show was filmed in the RTS studio last night, and the broadcaster has decided to announce the winners straight away. The national final is still available to watch when it’s broadcast on Saturday.

The acts that competed in the national final were:

  1. “Šta je svet bez ljubavi” (What is the world without love) – Irina Arsenijevic
  2. “Ceo svet je naš” (The whole world is ours) – Irina Brodić and Jane Paunović
  3. “Ove zvezde smo ti i ja” (These stars are you and me) – Darija Vračević

A jury made up of musical artists selected the winning performance.

Last year Serbia was represented by Dunja Jeličić with the song “U la la la”, both Dunja and her song were selected internally by RTS. Serbia finished last at the contest in Malta scoring just 14 points, of which 5 points came from the adult jury and 9 points from the kid’s jury.

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Sixteen countries will take part in the 15th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest this year, including returning country Portugal, who haven’t participated since 2007. The contest will take place in the Olympic Palace in Tbilisi, Georgia on Sunday 26th November 2017 at 16:00 – 18:00 CET. This is the first time Georgia has hosted any Eurovision event. The sixteen countries taking part are:

  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Belarus
  • Cyprus
  • FYR Macedonia
  • Georgia
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Malta
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • The Netherlands
  • Ukraine

Source: OGAE Serbia

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Serbia made their debut in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2006. They were represented by Neustrašivi učitelji stranih jezika on their debut with the song “Učimo strane jezike”, finishing 5th with 81 points. Serbia went on to compete annually until 2010, after which point RTS withdrew from the contest due to financial difficulties. Serbia returned to the contest in 2014 and has gone on to compete in the contest annually.
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