The final six artists have qualified to the final of Serbia’s Eurovision selection show.
The second semi-final of Beovizija 2019 took place tonight, with twelve artists taking to the stage. The qualifiers were decided by votes from the jury and the public televote.
Peforming tonight were (qualifiers in bold):
- Sanja Rio – ‘Ljubimo Se’
- Majdan – ‘Budim Te’
- Goga Stanić – ‘Ti znaš da ne znaš me’
- Ana Popović – ‘Lutaš’
- Lord – ‘Radnički Sin’
- Nevena Božović – ‘Kruna’
- Gypsykord – ‘Boje’
- Jana Šušteršič – ‘Viktorija’
- Lana i Aldo – ‘Pogledaj u Nebo’
- Dženan Lončarević – ‘Nema Suza’
- Tina & Lola Amvon – ‘Tvoje Oči’
- Tamara Milanović – ‘Reči Nisu Dovoljne’
They will join the qualifiers from last night’s semi-final in the final. They are:
- Aleksandra Sekulić – ‘Tugo’
- Saška Janks – ‘Da li čuješ moj glas’
- Nataša & Una – ‘Slobodna’
- Ivan Kurtić – ‘Bela’
- Ivana Vladović & Wonder Strings – ‘Moja bol’
- Sofija Perić – ‘Aritmija’
Opening the show was Balkanika, last year’s Serbian representatives, who performed their Eurovision entry “Nova deca”. During the interval, Lea Sirk (Slovenia 2018) Jelena Tomasević (Serbia 2008) sang a duet of Salvador Sobral’s “Amar Pelos Dois”, subsequently followed by each artist singing their own Eurovision entries. Further interval performances came from Laka (Bosnia and Herzegovina 2008), Kaliopi (Macedonia 2012 and 2016) and Emilija Kokić (won in 1989 for Yugoslavia as part of Riva).
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.
This is the second consecutive year that Serbia have opted for a National Final as Beovizija returned last year for the first time since 2009.
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.