Jelena Tomašević

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Jelena Tomašević
Јелена Томашевић
Jelena Tomašević
Background information
Born (1983-11-01) November 1, 1983 (age 31)
Origin Kragujevac, Serbia, Yugoslavia
Genres Traditional pop, folk, ethnic
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 2001–present
Labels Minacord
Associated acts Željko Joksimović

Jelena Tomašević (pronounced [jɛ̌lɛna tɔmǎːʃɛv̞itɕ]; Serbian Cyrillic: Јелена Томашевић) (born November 1, 1983 in Negotin, Serbia, Yugoslavia) is a Serbian pop singer famed for her strong vocal performances. She has won numerous awards for her songs and represented Serbia at 2008 Eurovision Song Contest, coming sixth with the song "Oro".[1]

Music career[edit]

Jelena started her way to stardom at the young age of eight when she won the children's song contest "Šarenijada" in Kragujevac. She joined a folklore group in Kragujevac called Kud Abrasevic that toured all over Europe winning many awards for their dance as well as Jelena winning many awards with her vocals. She was one of the main vocalist for the folklore group. This was her first public performance and with her vocal abilities captivated a very large amount of people. She performed to a much larger audience in 1994 at the Yugoslav Children's festival, held that year in Kragujevac when she won.[2]

From then she performed at various international festivals such as the Czech Republic, Belarus and Bulgaria where she won various awards. She competed and won in an Idol style show in 2002 called "3K dur" aired on RTS3.

Jelena Tomašević at Beovizija 2005

In 2004, she competed with great success at the Beovizija Festival (Serbian National selection for the Eurovision Song Contest) by singing the song Kad ne bude tvoje ljubavi. In 2005, she started a professional involvement with popular Serbian singer Željko Joksimović. He composed the song Jutro for her with which she competed at Beovizija, the Serbian selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. Ultimately she missed out in controversial fashion at the overall Serbia and Montenegro final (Evropesma), when all four Montenegrin jurors overlooked it in distributing their points. No Name, qualifier from Montenegro's pre-selection, instead represented Serbia & Montenegro in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005, placing seventh. This was to be the country's last ever appearance in the contest as in 2006, both peacefully decided to go their separate ways and became independent countries.

In 2007, Jelena written the lyrics of the Milena Vucic's song called, Gotova Stvar". The same year record label company Minacord signed her up and in 2008 her debut album has been released. Song Košava, from that album, was presented in the RTS show Beogradska Hronika in late March 2008. The video to the song was filmed in a Belgrade villa built in 1907 and will be the main song off the album.[3]

In 2008, Željko Joksimović composed Jelena a song called Oro for Beovizija 2008. She won the contest and represented Serbia in Eurovision Song Contest held in Belgrad in May.

In her career she also guest starred in the movie Ivkova slava (2006) for which she also sang, made a guest appearance on Joksimović's album with songs "Ne treba ti neko kao ja and Idi na put(2005) and opened the EuroBasket 2005 in Belgrade.

In 2009 Jelena also recorded a song dedicated to peace along with the participants of Eurovision 2008 Boaz Mauda (Israel) and Sirusho (Armenia).The song is called Time To Pray. The lyricist of the song is the president of Israel, Shimon Peres. The song was represented in Moscow and also in Serbia during the Serbian National Final of Eurovision.

In 2010 Jelena circuleted a song is called ,,Gde da odem da te ne volim" which is written by Jelena Trifunovic and composered by the popular singer \ composer Tose Proeski, one of the biggest Balkan artists.This Jelena's song is into collection, Tose i prijatelji" (Tose and friends) that is a collection on his memoriam in 2010. The spot of this song was filmed in Es Vives Hotel in Ibiza (Spain) on Summer of 2010.

On 24 Februar 2012, Jelena presented at the TV Show "Ja imam talenat", a song called "Melaholija" (Melancholy). The composer of the song is Rafael Artesero from Spain and lyric writer Ljiljana Jorgovanovic. The same year on 23 June, presented her single "Vertigo". The TV premier took part at TV show "VIP Room". Emina Jahovic is the composer and lyric writer of the song.

On 5 October 2013, Jelena was a guest star at OGAE Spain's party for Eurovision fans in Barcelona. There she met the composer of her song "Melanholija", Rafael Artesero, who painted her portrait as a gift. In Barcelona Jelena filmed her video clip for the song "Radio svira za nas", shich realised on 26 November 2013. The composer is Darko Dimitrov and lyric writer Aleksandra Milutinovic.

Couple months later, this time OGAE Portugal asked Jelena as a guest star at their ESC party. Jelena traveled at Setubal, a town near Lisbon, where she competed in two concerts, one on 12 September 2013 and another one the next day.

One year later, on 19 September 2014, on TV PINK premiered the new music talent show "Pinkove zvezdice", a show only for children. Jelena has a place as a jugde. Her songs are the most famous at the show. Children love her and used to give her nicknames as "dobra vila" (good fairy) and "slatka jabucica" (sweet little apple). The show it doesn't finish yet.

On 6 December 2014, Jelena finished her records for her second album. Expect her already published singles, we are waiting to listent some songs which are given as a present to her, from friends, like Sergej Cetkovic and Marija Maric known as Mari Mari. Also, the CD will circulate some old songs, which were anytime on an album, Rano da verujes, Ovo nije ljubav, Kad ne bude tvoje ljubavi, Gde da odem da te en volim, which composed Tose Proeski, etc. The album will be realise until the end of winter. In addintion she plans to record a duet with a serbian legend singer Pedrag Tozovac and an album with traditional songs, which she adores.

Personal life[edit]

Jelena finished Elementary School and Mathematic Gymnasium in Kragujevac. Then she graduated high school also in Kragujevac in 2002. That same year she started studying English (in which she is fluent) at the University of Kragujevac. She has put her studies on hold but plans to graduate one day. She is from the same town as 2007 Eurovision Winner, Marija Šerifović. On 28 August 2011, she married the Serbian actor Ivan Bosiljčić and on 24 January 2012, they had a baby girl named Nina.



Year Information
2008 Panta Rei
  • First studio album
  • Released: October 2008
  • Label: Minacord
  • Format: CD


Year Single Album Notes
2004 Kad ne bude tvoje ljubavi Entry for Evropesma 2004
2005 Jutro Panta Rei Beovizija 2005, Evropesma 2005
2006 Nema koga From the film Ivkova Slava
2008 Oro Winner of Beovizija 2008, came sixth in Eurovision 2008 for the host nation Serbia
Nikola Tesla Balkan Routes Vol.1: Nikola Tesla Vocal appearance
2009 Time to Pray Time to Pray - Single Vocal appearance with Sirusho and Boaz
2010 Gde da odem da te ne volim Toše i prijatelji A song composed by Macedonian superstar, performed in his honour
2013 Melanholija Melanholija - Single A song composed by Spanish Rafael Artesero
2013 Vertigo Vertigo - Single A song written and composed by her best friend and singer Emina Jahovic Sandal
2013 Radio Svira Za Nas Radio Svira Za Nas - Single A song composed by Macedonian Darko Dimitrov

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Marija Šerifović
with Molitva
Serbia in the Eurovision Song Contest
(with Bora Dugić)
Succeeded by
Marko Kon and Milaan
with Cipela
Preceded by
Beovizija winner
Succeeded by
Flamingosi feat Louis