Serbia has extended the deadline for Eurovision song submissions.
Serbian broadcaster RTS has extended the deadline for artists to submit their songs to compete in Beovizija 2018. Initially, the deadline was set for October 20th, but RTS have decided to push back the deadline to November 10th. The reason for this was not disclosed. A similar situation happened for their Junior Eurovision selection this year.
Some important rules of the submission process include:
- Foreign and domestic authors can participate in the competition;
- The selected performer must be a citizen of the Republic of Serbia
- The lyrics must be in one of the official languages of the Republic of Serbia (Serbian, Hungarian, Slovak, Croatian, Rusyn or Albanian)
- The authors should submit the finished version of their composition, playback, and a master version lasting no longer than three minutes with a notary record and biography of the performer who will perform the composition in the competition, and three copies of the lyrics. RTS may suggest to the authors of certain changes and additions to the composition and eventual change of the performer
After a nine-year absence, the Beovizija format will once again be used to select the Serbian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. The submissions window opened in August, and songs from these submissions will be considered by a selection committee based on their artistic quality. Up to 10 songs will be selected to participate in the televised national final. The winner of the national final will be decided by a mix of a jury and audience vote.
The change of tactics from RTS comes following two closed internal selections in 2016 and 2017. In 2017, Tijana Bogićević disappointingly failed to reach the final. Her song In Too Deep finished in 11th place, just two points behind the 10th place qualifier in Semi-Final 2, Anja from Denmark with Where I Am.
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Serbia have competed as an independent nation in the Eurovision Song Contest since 2007, and have seen great success in the competition. Their first entry in 2007, Marija Šerifović’S “Molitva”, won the contest in Helsinki with 268 points, making Serbia’s debut one of the most successful in Eurovision history. From then up to their year’s break in 2014, Serbia finished in the top 10 a further two times, including a 3rd place finish in 2012 with Željko Joksimović’s “Nije ljubav stvar”. They have only failed to qualify for the final on three occasions, the most recent being in 2017 when Tijana Bogićević’s entry “In Too Deep” finished in 11th place in it’s semi-final in Kyiv.