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Serbia: Ivana Bančević Joins Sanja Ilić & Balkanika For Lisbon

Ivana Bančević has been announced as a third female vocalist joining the Serbian participants in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.

Sanja Ilić and Balkanika are to be joined by a third female vocalist for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal. Ivana Bančević will be joining Danica Krstić and Nevena Stamenković as the female vocalists in the group, Ivanu will be joining the group during their performance on stage.

The 11-person group, composed of vocalists, percussionists, guitarists, and a flautist, is known for their folk sound. According to the band’s founder Sanja Ilić, Balkanika serves to “preserve, revitalise and modernise Serbian medieval and Byzantine music traditions”. Their music features old Balkan instruments incorporated into modern music. Over their 20 years together, the band have performed all around the world, and are increasing in popularity.

Learn more about Balkanika with Eurovoix’s Eurovision 2018 “Who Is?” series here.

Sanja Ilić & Balkanika will represent Serbia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal this May. They have been drawn to perform in the first half of the second semifinal on May 10. The group was selected after winning Beovizija with their song “Nova Deca”, which translates to “Our Children”.

Source: Sanja Ilic & Balkanika

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.

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