“Nova Deca” is #1 trending on YouTube in Serbia.
As reported by Serbian broadcaster RTS, the Serbian Eurovision entry for 2018 “Nova Deca” is #1 trending on Serbian YouTube. The video, which shows Sanja Ilic and Balkanika’s live performance from Beovizija, has already reached 550,000 views in just a few days.
— RTS | Serbia ESC (@SerbiaESC) February 23, 2018
Sanja Ilić and Balkanika took part in Beovizija on Tuesday evening. They won the competition, with only 4 points between themselves and second place. The winner was determined by 50% televote and 50% jury vote.
This was the first edition of Beovizija since 2009 and the first time Serbia has chosen their entry via a National Final since 2015 when Bojana Stamenov eventually finished the competition in 10th Place.
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 its semi-final in Kyiv.