The submission deadline for Beovizija 2018 has been extended with RTS announcing a 15 day extention, plus additional rules added.
The deadline for submitting entries for Beovizija was originally on the 1st of November, but RTS has made the decision to extend the deadline to the 15th of November. The broadcaster will be hoping these additional two weeks will produce additional entries capable of representing Serbia in Israel.
RTS has also stressed that this competition will be used to find songs, not search for their representative, and they have the right to choose another song or performer to represent the country at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest.
At Beovizija, the winner will be determined in the same method as the Eurovision Song Contest. A jury made up of music experts will determine 50% of the results, while the Serbian public will be able to vote for their favourite.
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. In 2018, the competition returned to RTS having been axed by the channel at the end of 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.