Serbia: 'Pesma za Evroviziju' final preview
Serbia will select their 2022 Eurovision entry tomorrow with the final of their national selection process 'Pesma za Evroviziju' taking place.
18 acts have been selected for the final over the last two days in the semi-finals.
Serbia's broadcaster RTS changed course this year and launched a new national final, breaking away from using the 'Beovizija' competition as their selection process.
If the semi-finals this week are a good indication, the final looks set to be a great show.
So far viewers have been treated to reigning champions Hurricane performing their song 'Loco Loco', as well as a medley of Eurovision fan favourites, including 'Qule Qule', 'Fuego' and 'Mata Hari'.
This years hosts again include Stefan Popović, who is a Serbian-Australian presenter who worked for Channel 7 in Australia during the 2010's. He's joined by familiar hosts from previous Beovizija contests Dragana Kosjerina, Jovan Radomir and Kristina Radenković.
The winner of the final will be decided by a 50% jury and 50% public vote.
Since the songs were released in January and over the semi-finals this week, some fan favourites have emerged. Here are five of the stand outs to keep an eye out for...
Sara Jo – 'Muškarčina (Manly Man)'
Sara Jo represented Serbia at Eurovision in 2013 as part of the group Moje 3, singing 'Ljubav je svuda'. Since then she's had a successful music and acting career in Serbia. Her song 'Muškarčina' is about walking through a market and feeling different to the rest of the crowd, and not caring about the people talking about her and her manly man.
Tijana Dapčević – 'Ljubi, ljubi doveka (Kiss, Kiss Forever)'
Tijana represented North Macedonia at Eurovision in 2014 with 'To The Sky'. She's also the older sister of Tamara Todevska who represented North Macedonia in the 2008 and 2019 contests. Her song talks to an ex and questions the person they have chosen to be with now.
Gramophonedzie – 'Počinjem da ludim (I’m Going Mad)'
Gramophonedzie is a Belgrade based DJ and is best known for his EDM hits 'Why Don't You' in 2010 and his 2012 collaboration with Joey Negro 'No Sugar'. He's joined by vocalist Maat Bandy for his entry.
Angellina – 'Origami (Origami)'
Angelina has been releasing music since 2018. Her song is a dance track that is about anticipating meeting up with her lover and relates certain body positions to the paper folding art of origami!
Marija Mikić – 'Ljubav me inspiriše (Love Inspires Me)'
Marija has been releasing music since 2018. Her song is about a troubled relationship and stood out in the semi-finals with simple but striking staging.
So who will take out the contest this year and represent Serbia in Turin? Will it be one of the fan favourites, or will there be a surprise? The one thing we know is the final is set to be a great show - which is something we've come to expect from Serbia's national finals.
You can watch the final Sunday morning at 7am AEDT in Australia (Saturday evening 9pm CET in Europe). There will be a live stream available on the RTS Official Youtube channel or on the RTS web site, by setting up a free account.
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