Serbia in the Eurovision Song Contest
|◄ Serbia and Montenegro|
|National selection events|
|Appearances||7 (5 finals)|
|Best result||1st: 2007|
|Worst result||11th SF: 2013 SF|
|Serbia's page at Eurovision.tv|
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).
Serbia is one of thirteen 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, Monaco and Malta. It is the only country currently taking part that hasn't performed at least partially in English.
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 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 finish 11th in the first semi-final, therefore not qualifying 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.
In April 2014, Serbia announced that they will broadcast all three shows. In addition, they said that it is likely to return at 2015 and that they will probably hold a national selection to find their representative. On 26 September 2014, it was reported that Serbia had decided to return to the 2015 contest to be held in Austrian capital, Vienna.
On 15 February 2015 Serbia will chose their own representative in emission "Odbrojavanje za Beč". Odbrojavanje za Beč (English: Countdown for Vienna) is the national final organised by RTS in order to select the Serbian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2015. The selection will feature three songs composed by Vladimir Graić, the composer of Serbia's winning entry "Molitva" in 2007. Two of the songs will be performed by established Serbian artists Bojana Stamenov and Aleksa Jelić,while one will be performed by Danica Krstić, a new talent chosen by Graić through a scouting process.
- Table key
|2007||Marija Šerifović||Serbian||"Molitva" (Молитва)||1||268||1||298|
|2008||Jelena Tomašević feat. Bora Dugić||Serbian||"Oro" (Оро)||6||160||Host country|
|2009||Marko Kon & Milaan||Serbian||"Cipela" (Ципела)||Failed to qualify||10a||60|
|2010||Milan Stanković||Serbian||"Ovo je Balkan" (Ово је Балкан)||13||72||5||79|
|2012||Željko Joksimović||Serbian||"Nije ljubav stvar" (Није љубав ствар)||3||214||2||159|
|2013||Moje 3||Serbian||"Ljubav je svuda" (Љубав је свуда)||Failed to qualify||11||46|
|2014||Did not participate|
|2015||Bojana Stamenov||Serbian||"Ceo svet je moj" (Цео свет је мој)|
- 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.
As of 2013, Serbia's voting history is as follows:
|2008||Belgrade||Belgrade Arena||Jovana Janković and Željko Joksimović|
Marcel Bezençon Awards
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
|Year||Song||Performer||Final Result||Points||Host city|
|2007||"Molitva" (Молитва)||Marija Šerifović||1st||268||Helsinki|
|2007||Duška Vučinić-Lučić||Maja Nikolić|
|2008||Dragan Ilić and Mladen Popović||Dušica Spasić|
|2009||Duška Vučinić-Lučić (Semi-final 2 and Final)
Dragan Ilić (Semi-final 1)
|2010||Duška Vučinić-Lučić (Semi-final 1 and Final)
Dragan Ilić (Semi-final 2)
|2012||Duška Vučinić-Lučić (Semi-final 2 and Final)
Dragan Ilić (Semi-final 1)
|2013||Duška Vučinić-Lučić (Semi-final 1)
Marina Nikolić (Semi-final 2)
Silvana Grujić (Final)
|2014||Silvana Grujić (all shows)
Dragan Ilić (Final)
|Serbia did not participate|
After Kosovo's declaration of independence from Serbia in 2008, its broadcaster RTK was applying for EBU membership, and wished to enter Kosovo independently into Eurovision Song Contest 2009. Kosovo is partially recognized and not a member of the United Nations, and UN membership is required to obtain full EBU membership. As of 2013, RTK has observer status within the EBU and did participate in the Eurovision Young Dancers. As before declaration of independence, some of Kosovo Albanians compete in the Festivali i Këngës, national selcetion for Albania
Serbia still continues to claim Kosovo as its own Autonomous Province of Kosovo and Metohija. Some singers from Kosovo, especially Kosovo Serbs, participate in Serbian national selection organized by RTS. Nevena Božović was represented Serbia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2007 and, as member of Moje 3, in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013.
- Serbia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
- Serbia and Montenegro in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
- Serbia and Montenegro in the Eurovision Song Contest
- Yugoslavia in the Eurovision Song Contest
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- Jiandani, Sanjay (26 September 2014). "Serbia: RTS confirms participation- opts for a national final". esctoday.com. ESCToday. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
- "Kosovo: RTK wants to enter Eurovision in 2009". oikotimes.com. Retrieved 22 May 2008.
- "NDR on the Kosovo potential participation in Eurovision" oikotimes.com 22 May 2008 Link accessed 27/05/08
- Albavision (2011-04-07). "Kosovo new steps in ebu agreement". albavision.tk. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
- "Participant Profile - Kosovo". European Broadcasting Union. 2011. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
- Points to and from Serbia eurovisioncovers.co.uk