Serbia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
|← Serbia and Montenegro|
|Member station||Radio Television of Serbia (RTS)|
|National selection events|
|Best result||3rd: 2007, 2010|
|Worst result||Last: 2016|
|Serbia's page at Eurovision.tv|
| For the most recent participation see|
Serbia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018
The participation of Serbia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest first began in Bucharest, Romania at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2006, having previously participated in 2005 as part of Serbia and Montenegro. Radio Television of Serbia (RTS) a member organisation of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) are responsible for the selection process of their entrants. Serbia used the national selection format broadcasting a show entitled "Izbor za dečju pesmu Evrovizije" (Serbian Cyrillic: Избор за дечију песму Евровизије) for their participation at the contests between 2006 and 2010.
In 2007 they were represented by Nevena Božović, who went on to represent Serbia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 as part of her band, Moje 3. Serbia's best result came in 2007 and 2010 when they finished in third place at both contests. There have only been three absences from the Junior Contest in 2011, 2012, and 2013. Serbia returned to the competition in 2014 represented by Emilija Đonin, who was selected internally by the national broadcaster RTS, a selection mechanism that they continued to use in 2015 when their most recent participation at a Junior Contest was with the song "Lenina pesma" (Serbian Cyrillic: Ленина песма), performed by Lena Stamenković. As of Junior Eurovision 2016, Serbia have awarded the most points to Russia, and received the most points from North Macedonia.
Prior to the Montenegrin independence referendum in 2006 which culminated into the dissolution of Serbia and Montenegro, both nations use to compete at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and Eurovision Song Contest as Serbia and Montenegro. Serbia were the first of the two nations to compete at a Junior Contest, making their debut at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2006. While it was at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014 when Montenegro would make their debut as an independent nation. Neustrašivi učitelji stranih jezika went on to being Serbia's first participant in 2006 as an independent nation with the song "Učimo strane jezike" (Serbian Cyrillic: Учимо стране језике).
Serbia continued to participate at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2007, in which they had selected Nevena Božović to represent Serbia with the song "Piši mi" (Serbian Cyrillic: Пиши ми). Božović also became the first Junior Eurovision participant to take part in the senior Eurovision Song Contest as part of the group Moje 3, performing the song "Ljubav je svuda" (Serbian Cyrillic: Љубав је свуда), which achieved forty-six points and failing to qualify to the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 after finishing in 11th place. However, she managed to qualify in the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with the song "Kruna" (Serbian Cyrillic: Круна) and finished in 18th place with 89 points.
The nation continued to participate at every Junior Contest until 2010, which would be their last appearance at that present time, following the broadcaster's announcement on 5 June 2011 that Serbia would withdraw from the 2011 contest. On 25 July 2014, Serbia announced its return to the 2014 contest, after a three-year absence. Serbia selected their 2014 entry through an internal selection for the first time in their history. On 1 October 2014 it was revealed that Emilija Đonin would represent Serbia in the contest with the song "Svet u mojim očima".
On 4 May 2015, it was announced on a Eurovision news website that Serbia's national broadcaster, RTS, had not started any planning in regards to their participation at the 2015 contest, and that such decision would be taken after the Eurovision Song Contest 2015. On 20 August 2015, Serbia confirmed its participation. RTS announced on 21 September 2015, that they had internally selected Lena Stamenković with the song "Lenina pesma" (Serbian Cyrillic: Ленина песма) to represent them at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015, which took place at the Arena Armeec, in the Bulgarian capital Sofia, on 21 November 2015. On 14 September 2016, Serbia confirmed its participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Valletta, Malta.
|2006||Neustrašivi učitelji stranih jezika||"Učimo strane jezike" (Учимо стране језике)||Serbian, English1||5||81|
|2007||Nevena Božović||"Piši mi" (Пиши ми)||Serbian||3||120|
|2008||Maja Mazić||"Uvek kad u nebo pogledam" (Увек кад у небо погледам)||Serbian||12||37|
|2009||Ništa lično||"Onaj pravi" (Онај прави)||Serbian||10||34|
|2010||Sonja Škorić||"Čarobna noć" (Чаробна ноћ)||Serbian||3||113|
|Did not participate between 2011 and 2013|
|2014||Emilija Đonin||"Svet u mojim očima" (Свет у мојим очима)||Serbian||10||61|
|2015||Lena Stamenković||"Lenina pesma" (Ленина песма)||Serbian||7||79|
|2016||Dunja Jeličić||"U la la la" (У ла ла ла)||Serbian||17||14|
|2017||Irina Brodić & Jana Paunović||"Ceo svet je naš" (Цео свет је наш)||Serbian||10||92|
|2018||Bojana Radovanović||"Svet" (Свет)||Serbian||19||30|
|2019||Darija Vračević||"Podigni glas (Raise Your Voice)" (Подигни глас)||Serbian, English|
- 1.^ Contains only 2 lines of chorus in Serbian, while 24 lines of verses are mostly sung in English and a few lines are sung in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian and Japanese.
Broadcasts and voting
Commentators and spokespersons
The contests are broadcast online worldwide through the official Junior Eurovision Song Contest website junioreurovision.tv and YouTube. In 2015, the online broadcasts featured commentary in English by junioreurovision.tv editor Luke Fisher and 2011 Bulgarian Junior Eurovision Song Contest entrant Ivan Ivanov. The Serbian broadcaster, RTS, sent their own commentators to each contest in order to provide commentary in the Serbian language. Spokespersons were also chosen by the national broadcaster in order to announce the awarding points from Serbia. The table below list the details of each commentator and spokesperson since 2006.
|2006||Duška Vučinić-Lučić||Milica Stanišić|
|2011||No broadcast||Did not participate|
|2014||Silvana Grujić||Tamara Vasović|
|2017||Olga Kapor and Tamara Petković||Mina Grujić|
|2018||Tamara Petković||Lana Karić|
As of 2018, Serbia's voting history is as follows:
- Serbia in the Eurovision Song Contest – Senior version of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
- Serbia in the Eurovision Young Musicians – A competition organised by the EBU for musicians aged 18 years and younger.
- Sandžak in the Turkvision Song Contest – A historical geo-political region, now divided by the border between Serbia and Montenegro, which competes under the name Sandžak in a contest for countries and regions which are of Turkic-speaking or Turkic ethnicity.
- Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1372 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
- Philips, Roel (2 August 2005). "Serbia & Montenegro, Lithuania and Ukraine join in Hasselt". esctoday.com. ESCToday. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
- "Junior Eurovision Song Contest: Serbia". junioreurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
- Fisher, Luke James (18 July 2014). "Montenegro joins Junior Eurovision!". junioreurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
- Brey, Marco (3 March 2013). "Moje 3 to represent Serbia!". eurovoision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
- "Eurovision Song Contest 2013: Semifinal 1 scoreboard". eurovoision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. 18 May 2013. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
- "RTS withdraws from JESC". ESCdaily. Archived from the original on July 9, 2011. Retrieved July 6, 2011.
- "Serbia returns to Junior Eurovision". JuniorEurovision.tv. Retrieved July 25, 2014.
- Juhász, Ervin (1 October 2014). "Listen to Emilija Djonin's "Svet u mojim očima"". EBU. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
- "Serbia takes confirmed countries up to 15". junioreurovision.tv. junioeurovision. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
- Halliwell, Jamie (21 September 2015). "Seria: Lena Stamenković to Sofia!". eurovoix.com. Eurovoix. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
- Lockett, Katherine (30 March 2015). "Junior Eurovision 2015: 21 November in Sofia, Bulgaria". junioreurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
- Granger, Anthony (14 September 2016). "Serbia: Junior Eurovision 2016 Participation Confirmed". eurovoix.com. Eurovoix.
- Fisher, Luke James (21 November 2015). "Tonight: Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015!". Junior Eurovision Song Contest – Bulgaria 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
- Karen Dawisha; Bruce Parrott (13 June 1997). Politics, Power and the Struggle for Democracy in South-East Europe. Cambridge University Press. pp. 175–. ISBN 978-0-521-59733-3.
- Serbia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest Official EBU Page