RTS has announced that Jovana and Dunja will represent Serbia at Junior Eurovision 2021 with the song “Oči deteta”.
Serbia is set to be represented by the duo of Jovana and Dunja this December in Paris. This is the first time since 2017 that Serbia has selected two female singers to compete in the contest. They were selected from seven submissions that were received by RTS.
A jury selected “Oči deteta” (Children’s Eyes) as the Serbian entry, the song was written and composed by Ana Frlin. Work is currently underway on the final version of the Serbian entry which will be released by the end of October.
The selection was held over three stages. In the first stage, all seven submissions were assessed with four then invited to perform their song live at RTS. Each performance was recorded so that the RTS music editors could then rank the songs. 3 points were awarded to 1st, 2 points to 2nd, and 1 point to 3rd. The three other acts that made it through to the final round of the Serbian selection were:
- Tara Šujeranović – ‘Osmeh’
- Sara Simić & Tomislav Božović – ‘Dete od snova’
- Veljko Kovačević – ‘U dobru i u zlu’
Jovana Radonjić was born on January 19, 2011, and is from Novi Sad, while Dunja Zivkovic was born on July 22, 2010 and is also from Novi Sad. Both have been performing since a young age and have won a number of different competitions.
Serbia made their debut in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest as an independent country in 2006. They were represented by Neustrašivi učitelji stranih jezika on their debut with the song “Učimo strane jezike”, finishing 5th with 81 points. Serbia went on to compete annually until 2010, after which point RTS withdrew from the contest due to financial difficulties. Serbia returned to the contest in 2014 and has gone on to compete in the contest annually.