Bora Dugić has withdrawn from competing in Beovizija due to health issues leaving Balkubano to perform alone.
Bora Dugić who was mired in controversy last week over the lyrics of his competing entry, has withdrawn from performing due to health issues. The withdrawal of Bora leaves Balkubano to perform “Svadba velika”.
The lyrics for “Svadba velika” were changed after a request from RTS due to the previous lyrics for the song speaking of a groom threatening to murder the bride’s whole family if she refuses to marry him.
This year’s Beovizija will take place from 28th February to 1st March, with two semi-finals and a grand final. Twenty-four songs will compete to represent Serbia in Rotterdam.
Source: ESC Bubble
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”.