RTS, the Serbian national broadcaster, has received 76 musical entries for the nations selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
On the 8th of August, Serbia announced the opening of the national selection, giving opportunities to new musicians and songwriters. Since then 76 verified entries have been submitted, with RTS giving suggestions to the artists to improve the song.
The initial deadline to submit musical entries was on the 1st of November but was extended to the 15th of November. Entries submitted needed to be in the Serbian language and performed by a Serbian citizen.
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.