Serbian media is reporting that Sanja Ilic & Balkanika broke the rules of Beovizija, based on the claims of one of the competing singers.
Serbian media reports citing Maja Nikolić, state that Sanja Ilic & Balkanika broke a number of rules regarding the Serbian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. The singer claims that the competition was rigged and that the two of the groups singers mimed their way through their performance.
Danica Krstic knocked her head-mic off during the latter part of the performance in Beovizija, despite this her vocals remained at the same level despite the microphone becoming tangled in her dress. This has lead to accusations that the two backing singers were miming through the song, and that the lead singer was singing over pre-recorded vocals. Sanja Ilic has responded saying that the accusations are “lies and nonsense”.
The national broadcaster RTS has responded saying:
Beovizija is a festival where all singers sing live. In the case of Sanja Ilic & Balkanika, Danica’s head-mic fell off towards the end of the song due to the choreography and got tangled in her hair, but it remained close enough for the sound to still be captured. Our sound engineer noticed it immediately and put the volume of her microphone a lot higher.
In comparison, the difference in the sound quality can be clearly heard in the performances during the competition stage, and at the winner’s reprisal at the end of the show.
Source: ESC Bubble
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 its semi-final in Kyiv.