Serbia in the Eurovision Song Contest
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|National selection events||Beovizija (2007-2009)
Three then one for Oslo (2010)
Song for Europe (2011)
Internal selection (2012)
Beosong (2013, 2015-)
|Appearances||7 (5 finals)|
|Best result||1st: 2007|
|Worst result||11th SF: 2013 SF|
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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
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.
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.
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 15 September 2014, it was reported that Serbia had decided to return to the 2015 contest to be held in Austrian capital, Vienna.
- Table key
|2008||Jelena Tomašević feat. Bora Dugić||Serbian||"Oro"
|2009||Marko Kon & Milaan||Serbian||"Cipela"
|Failed to qualify||10a||60|
|2010||Milan Stanković||Serbian||"Ovo je Balkan"
(Ово је Балкан)
|2012||Željko Joksimović||Serbian||"Nije ljubav stvar"
(Није љубав ствар)
|2013||Moje 3||Serbian||"Ljubav je svuda"
(Љубав је свуда)
|Failed to qualify||11||46|
|2014||Did not compete|
- 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|
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|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||Serbia did not participate|
- 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
- Juhász, Ervin (22 November 2013). "Serbia: RTS not going to Copenhagen". escXtra.com. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
- Todorović, Slobodan (15 September 2014). "RTS prijavio učešće Srbije na Pesmi Evrovizije 2015." [RTS reported participation of Serbia in the Eurosong contest 2015]. escserbia.com (in Serbian). ESC Serbia. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
- Points to and from Serbia eurovisioncovers.co.uk