RTS, the Serbian national broadcaster, has revealed the 24 artists that will take part in Beovizija 2019.
The 24 competing artists and songs are:
- Ivana Vladović & Vonder strings – Moja bol (My pain)
- Snežana Berić (Extra Nena) – Još ti čujem glas (I still hear your voice)
- Sanja Rio – Ljubimo se (We love each other)
- Nataša & Una – Slobodna (Free)
- Jana Šušteršić – Viktorija (Victoria)
- Saška Janks – Da li čuješ moj glas (Do you hear my voice)
- Dženan Lončarević – Nema suza (No tears)
- Fankd Ap – Zašto da se ne desi (Why did it not happen)
- Goga Stanić – Ti znaš da ne znaš me (You know that you don’t know me)
- Majdan – Budim te (I’m waking you)
- Sofija Perić – Aritmija (Arrhythmia)
- Ana Popović – Lutaš (You’re crazy)
- Aleksandra Sekulić – Tugo (Sadness)
- Osvajači – Vatra i plamen (Fire and flame)
- Džipsikord – Boje (Colours)
- Dunja Vujadinović – 7
- Eleonora – Samo lagano (Take it easy)
- Lord – Radnički sin (Worker’s son)
- Tina & Lola Amvon – Tvoje oči (Your eyes)
- MR DOO – Do 100 (Up to 100)
- Ivan Kurtić – Bella – Bela (Beautiful – White)
- Nevena Božović – Kruna (Crown)
- Lana & Aldo – Pogledaj u nebo (Look at the sky)
- Tamara Milanović – Reči nisu dovoljne (Words are not enough)
Nevena Božović represented Serbia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2007, finishing third. Six years later, she represented Serbia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013, becoming the first person ever to enter both the junior and adult Eurovision Song Contest as a main artist. Snežana Berić, also known by her artistic name Extra Nena, was the last artist to represent Yugoslavia in the Eurovision Song Contest, doing so in 1992.
Beovizija 2019 will be held in February. RTS will also interview the writers of the entries with regards to what would happen if their song is chosen to represent Serbia. The winner of Beovizija 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. In case of any problems with the performer or the performance, RTS reserves the right to select a different winner.
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 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.