Serbia in the Eurovision Song Contest

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Serbia and Montenegro
Member station RTS
National selection events Beovizija (2007-2009)
Three then one for Oslo (2010)
Song for Europe (2011)
Internal selection (2012)
Beosong (2013)
Appearances 7 (5 finals)
First appearance 2007
Last appearance 2013
Best result 1st: 2007
Worst result 11th SF: 2013 SF
External links
RTS page
Serbia and Montenegro's page at

Serbia debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2007. Previously it participated as part of Yugoslavia (both the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia from 1961 to 1991 and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1992) and Serbia and Montenegro (from 2004 to 2006).

History of Serbia in the Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

Serbia's debut entry as an independent nation, the ballad "Molitva" by Marija Šerifović, won the Eurovision Song Contest 2007, receiving 268 points. Serbia became the first country that won with debut entry after Switzerland's win at the first edition. After this, they were the host of the 2008 contest in the Serbian capital of Belgrade.

The second Serbian entry, performed in Belgrade was written by past entrant for Serbia as part of Serbia and Montenegro and contest host Željko Joksimović. The song "Oro", an ethnic ballad, performed by Jelena Tomašević came 6th and received 160 points in the overall rankings.

In 2009 Serbia selected Marko Kon and Milaan to represent them in the second semi-final on 14 May. The duo failed to qualify for the final for the first time in Serbia's history in the contest.

In 2010, Milan Stanković was selected to represent the country in the contest with Ovo je Balkan, an upbeat song with ethno elements, and is about a love story set in Belgrade. It qualified for the final and in the end achieved 13th place with 72 points.

In 2011 Nina was selected with her 60's inspired song, Čaroban. She was accompanied with three other singers who would be dancing throughout the performance. In the semi-finals She performed 6th and qualified for the final. In the final, she performed 24th and achieved 14th place.

Željko Joksimović represented Serbia in 2012 in Azerbaijan, Baku with the song Nije ljubav stvar. On the second semi-finals he took second place, while he finished third in the final, below second-placed Russia and the winner, Sweden.

Moje 3 represented Serbia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö with the song "Ljubav je svuda". They would come 11th place in the first semi-final, therefore not qualifying them for the final (only 10 contestants were to continue to the final). This was the second time that Serbia did not qualify for the final.

On 22 November 2013, Serbian broadcaster Radio Television of Serbia (RTS) announced that it would withdraw from the 2014 contest due to financial difficulties and a lack of available sponsorship for a potential Serbian entry.[1]

For now, Serbia is one of twelve countries whose representatives have performed all the songs (fully or partially) in an official, regional or national language. The other eleven countries are Portugal, Israel, France, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, Ireland, Andorra, Luxembourg, Morocco and Monaco. It is the only country currently taking part that hasn't performed at least partially in English.


Table key

     Second place
     Third place
     Last place
     Automatically qualified to the final
     Did not qualify for the final
     Did not compete or was relegated
Year Artist Language Title Final Points Semi Points
2007 Marija Šerifović Serbian "Molitva" 1 268 1 298
2008 Jelena Tomašević feat. Bora Dugić Serbian "Oro" 6 160
Reigning Champion
2009 Marko Kon & Milaan Serbian "Cipela"
Failed to qualify
10a 60
2010 Milan Stanković Serbian "Ovo je Balkan" 13 72 5 79
2011 Nina Serbian "Čaroban" 14 85 8 67
2012 Željko Joksimović Serbian "Nije ljubav stvar" 3 214 2 159
2013 Moje 3 Serbian "Ljubav je svuda"
Failed to qualify
11 46
a. ^ In 2009 Serbia failed to qualify to the final due to the results of the jury qualifier, which selected Croatia over Serbia.
b. If a country had won the previous year, they did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year.

Voting history[edit]

As of 2013, Serbia's voting history is as follows:

12 Points[edit]

Table key

     Winner – Serbia gave 12 points to a winning song / Serbia won the contest.
     Second place – Serbia gave 12 points to a runner-up song / Serbia was the runner-up in the contest.
     Third place – Serbia gave 12 points to a third place song / Serbia came third in the contest.
     Qualified – Serbia gave 12 points to a song that qualified to the Grand Finals / Serbia qualified to the Grand Finals.
     Non-qualified – Serbia gave 12 points to a song that did not qualify to the Grand Finals / Serbia did not qualify to the Grand Finals.
Year Given Received
Final Semi Final Semi
2007  Hungary  Hungary  Austria
 Bosnia and Herzegovina
 Bosnia and Herzegovina
 Czech Republic
2008  Bosnia and Herzegovina  Macedonia  Bosnia and Herzegovina
Did not Participate
2009  Bosnia and Herzegovina  Croatia Did not Qualify  Croatia
2010  Bosnia and Herzegovina  Bosnia and Herzegovina  Bosnia and Herzegovina  Bosnia and Herzegovina
2011  Bosnia and Herzegovina  Croatia None  Croatia
2012  Macedonia  Croatia  Bulgaria
2013  Denmark  Montenegro Did not Qualify None


Year Location Venue Presenters
2008 Serbia Belgrade Belgrade Arena Jovana Janković and Željko Joksimović

Marcel Bezençon Awards[edit]

Artistic Award (Voted by previous winners)

Year Performer Song Final Result Points Host city
2007 Marija Šerifović "Molitva" (Молитва) 1st 268 Helsinki

Winner by OGAE members[edit]

Year Song Performer Final Result Points Host city
2007 "Molitva" (Молитва) Marija Šerifović 1st 268 Helsinki


Year(s) Commentators Spokespersons
2007 Duška Vučinić-Lučić Maja Nikolić
2008 Dragoljub Ilić
Mladen Popović
Dušica Spasić
2009 Duška Vučinić-Lučić Jovana Janković
2010 Duška Vučinić-Lučić (Semi-final 1 and Final)
Dragoljub Ilić (Semi-final 2)
Maja Nikolić
2011 Duška Vučinić-Lučić (Semi-final 1 and Final)
Dragoljub Ilić (Semi-final 2)
Dušica Spasić
2012 Dragoljub Ilić (Semi-final 1)
Duška Vučinić-Lučić (Semi-final 2 and Final)
Maja Nikolić
2013 Duška Vučinić-Lučić (Semi-final 1)
Marina Nikolić (Semi-final 2)
Silvana Grujić (Final)
Maja Nikolić


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Juhász, Ervin (22 November 2013). "Serbia: RTS not going to Copenhagen". Retrieved 23 November 2013. 

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