Popular music festival Beovizija (Beovision) is coming back after a break of nine years.
Serbian broadcaster RTS has extended the deadline for artists to submit their songs to compete in Beovizija 2018, in order to get as many great and diverse compositions as possible which will not lack in quality, and which will return the festival and competitive atmosphere. This will put the selection committee on the “sweet troubles”, says Duška Vučinić Lučić, the head of Press and Public Relations at RTS.
The official period of submittions ended on the 10th of December 2017. Radio Television of Serbia has revealed that there have been 75 submissions for the national Eurovision selection process. The official and full list of performers will be revealed after a pre-selection jury has made their choice.
The 10 finalists will perform in televised show which will be held in Sava Centar in Belgrade, or in RTS studio in Košutnjak, in February 2018, but still it’s not clear will the festival lasts one or two nights. One of the rules says that the songs must be performed in Serbian language, or in one of the recognised miniority languages of the Republic of Serbia, such as Hungarian, Bosnian, Slovak, Croatian, Albanian, Romanian or Bulgarian. Also, the singers must be the Serbian citizens, and RTS wants all potential representatives to have ideas for potential staging. The winner song can be translated into English language.
Serbia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest ten times since making its debut in 2007. as an independent country, and since then is using a variety national final formats and internal selection to pick their Eurovision acts.
Serbia won the contest on its debut as an Independent country in 2007, with Marija Šerifović, who performed the song “Molitva” in the final night of Beovizija festival. The country’s next best result is Željko Joksimović’s third place in 2012. which was selected through an internal selection.