The Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, was the most watched contest since Serbia hosted the competition in 2008.
A decade on from hosting the Eurovision Song Contest, Serbia has recorded their highest viewing figures since 2008. A total of 2,262,000 viewers watched the final live from Lisbon, with the contest achieving a viewing share of 30.3%, meaning that every third person was watching the contest in the country. In 2016 just 660,000 viewers watched the final live from Stockholm.
At the qualifiers press conference for the second semi-final, the Head of Delegation from Serbia confirmed that Beovizija will be used again next year to select their participant. Beovizija was held between 2003 and 2009, and was used to select the Serbian participants in the Serbia & Montenegro selection in 2004, 2005 and 2006, before being used to select Serbia’s singer for the contest up to 2009.
Serbia finished 19th in the Grand Final, with the song “Nova Deca”. Sanja Ilić & Balkanika scored a total of 113 points.
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.