The artists who will participate in Beovizija 2018, the contest to select the Serbian Eurovision entry for 2018 are expected to be revealed tomorrow by RTS.
According to the Serbian tabloid Kurir, Jelena Tomasevic is amongst the names expected to be revealed by the Serbian broadcaster tomorrow. Jelena is known for representing Serbia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 and finishing in 6th place on home soil in Belgrade with the song Oro.
Other artists expected to be in the running include Sanja Ilic and Balkanika, Maja Nikolic, Mateja Vukašinović and Igor Lazarević. Despite earlier rumours, turbo-folk star Jelena Karleuša has ruled herself out on Twitter.
The exact format of Beovizija 2018 is still to be confirmed. According to Duška Vučinić Lučić, head of press and public relations at RTS:
We want to be competitive in character, to restore the festival atmosphere. We also want the viewers to be included in the selection, and until the day of the competition, the composition of the expert jury will not be known. We are still considering whether the competition will be held in the Sava Center or in the RTS studio, whether it will last a day or two.
The return to Beovizija in 2018 follows a dissapointing result for Serbia in 2017 when Tijana Bogićević failed to reach the final in Kyiv. 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.
Serbia in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.