Serbia in Eurovision
This year will mark Serbia's 14th year participating at Eurovision. Previously they took part as Serbia & Montenegro, and before that as Yugoslavia. They have won the contest once, in 2007 with 'Molitva' by Marija Šerifović. They have had three other finishes in the top ten, with their next best result being in 2012 when 'Nije ljubav stvar' by Željko Joksimović finished third.
2022 Entry: Konstrakta - 'In Corpore Sano'
Semi-final: Konstrakta will perform third in the running order of semi-final 2
My Eurovision Scoreboard ranking: 17th
Odds to win ranking: 15th
(Rankings as of 4th April)
About the artist
Konstrakta is the stage name for 43-year-old Serbian singer-songwriter Ana Đurić. She became known as the lead singer of the indie pop band 'Zemlja gruva!'. They released three albums, before she began her solo career in 2019.
Over the last 3 years, she has released five solo singles with three of the singles released in February this year, along with a 12 minute video for all three songs.
Konstrakta as part of Zemlja gruva!
About the song
'In Corpore Sano' was released by Konstrakta in February 2022. The title means "in a healthy body" in Latin.
The lyrics were written by Konstrakta and the song was composed together with Milovan Bošković. It's a quirky song with satirical lyrics about the healthcare system in Serbia, celebrities in the media and the pandemic.
The lyrics also make statements about having a preoccupation with healthy looks, rather than mental health, and also about the situation of artists not being afforded free health insurance in Serbia.
The song was released as part of a trio of three songs under the banner of 'Triptih'.
How she was chosen for Eurovision
This year Serbia broke away from using the Beovizija contest to select their entry, and instead the broadcaster RTS held a contest called 'Pesma za Evroviziju' (Song for Eurovision). It followed the same format of 2 semi-finals and a final.
Konstrakta performed the song wearing a health spa uniform and obsessively washing her hands. She was surrounded by backing singers wearing robes and holding towels.
She performed in the first semi-final and finished in second place to Zorja, after winning the jury and coming third in the public vote. She performed last in the line-up in the final and won the contest, coming 1st in both the jury and public votes, gaining the maximum 24 points.
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Serbia will compete in semi-final 2 on May 12 (European time) in Turin.