Serbian media is reporting that Beovizija will not be used as the nation’s Eurovision selection following a dispute with the owners of the format.
Saša Mirković the owner of Megaton Productions which owns the right to Beovizija, has stated that they will be organising the competition without the involvement of RTS. They have stated that the show will no longer be broadcast on RTS and instead will be broadcast on another channel in Serbia.
RTS has stated that they are the only channel that can select the Serbian representative for the Eurovision Song Contest as they are an EBU member. No other channel in Serbia currently holds EBU membership, meaning no other channel can select an entry for the contest without co-operating with RTS.
The Serbian public broadcaster has already opened the submissions window for its selection for Eurovision 2022. It had been assumed that Beovizija would be used as the nation’s selection, however, it now seems likely a new selection show will be required.
RTS is currently aiming to its selection at the RTS studios in late February, however, if COVID-19 prevents this a jury will determine the Serbian representative.
Image Source: Andres Putting | Source: Telegraf
Tab 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”.