Thea Devy who will be competing in Beovizija, has confirmed that her song is the entry Austrian broadcaster ORF rejected for Eurovision.
Thea Devy who was one of three artists shortlisted to represent Austria at Eurovision 2020, is competing in the Serbian selection for Rotterdam. The singer who submitted “Judgement Day” to the Austrian broadcaster ORF, has revealed that her entry for Beovizija is the entry that ORF rejected for Eurovision 2020.
The singer took to Facebook to explain why she decided to submit the song into Beovizija:
I was selected amongst the top 3 in Austria’s selection this year. Unfortunately, our song ‘Judgement Day’ was not chosen. There are no hard feelings, though, just pure love for the people I got to meet at the ORF and for the artist that was ultimately chosen to represent Austria. I wish him only the best and can’t wait to see whatever exciting things will happen for him in the time leading up to the ESC.
That being said, my team and I put too much effort, sweat, hours, soul and most importantly love into the song for it to not be heard. The song has a message, that is very important to us. It is something we would love to be able to share with the world and for it to be heard.
For those who were wondering: yes, I do have Serbian roots and I do speak the language. As well as Austria, Serbia is my home country and I am more than honoured to have a shot at representing a nation that means so much to me.
Thea will be performing “Sudnji dan” at Beovizija which will be held next month.
The 2020 edition of Beovizija will mark the third year in a row that the format has been used to select the Serbian representative since its return to screens in 2018. Previously RTS had used a mix of internal selections and televised selection formats.
Source: Thea Devy
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”.