More details regarding Serbia’s Eurovision national final show Beovizija 2018 will be revealed on Monday.
Serbian broadcaster RTS has revealed on their official Twitter account that they will be revealing details about Beovizija 2018 on this upcoming Monday. This will be the first time in nine years that Serbia will use Beovizija to choose their Eurovision entrant. The broadcaster has previously stated that up to ten songs would be selected to participate in the televised national final.
— RTS | Serbia ESC (@SerbiaESC) January 19, 2018
A total of 75 songs were submitted to the selection this year. All songs must be no longer than three minutes and must be performed by a Serbian citizen aged 16 or over. The lyrics must also be in any of the official languages of Serbia (Serbian, Hungarian, Slovak, Croatian, Rusyn or Albanian). RTS also reserved the right to suggest to the authors of certain changes and additions to the composition and eventual change of the performer. The deadline for submitting songs was pushed back to November 10 from the originally announced October 20.
The winner of the national final will be decided by a mix of a jury and audience vote.
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.