Serbia 2019: All you need to know about Nevena Božović and her entry “Kruna”
The Serbian national final of Beovizija 2019 took place this year in order to determine among 12 contestants the country’s Eurovision 2019 act and entry. Big winner of the final was Nevena Božović with her song Kruna and she will be flying the Serbian flag in Tel Aviv.
A Few words about Nevena
Nevena Božović is 25 yo and comes from the city of Mitrovica. She began her music career when she was selected to represent Serbia at Junior Eurovision 2007 with her song Pisi Mi, achieving a 3rd placing. In 2013 she participated in Eurovision 2013 as member of the fremale group Moje 3 with the song Ljubav je svuda which came 11th in it semi final. In 2012 she competed in the Serbian edition of The Voice where she was placed 2nd. In 2015 she was member of the jury during the Eurovision national final.
The entry “Kruna”
The title of song, Kruna , means Crown in English. Kruna was written by Nevena herself, while the lyrics are in Serbian and English. The song is a ballad with strong influence from traditional local music and with ethnic elements. Nevena will perform the song on stage 9th in the 1st semi final on May 14 in Tel Aviv.
Lyrics of “Kruna”
The Eurovision Story so far
Serbia participated as an independent state in the contest in 2007, a year which the country was crowned winner with Marija Šerifović and her entry Molitva remains the only country to win on its debut in the contest. (apart from Switzerland which won in the first edition of the contest back in 1956).
The country hosted the contest in 2008 and has a total of 10 participations and one year of absence (2014) It has achieved to qualify 7 times in the final while 3 times it didn’t make it for only one place (10th in 2009, 11th in 2013 & 2017). Besides her victory Serbia as achieved 3 more time a top 10 placing (6th in 2008, 3rd in 2012, 10th in 2015).
Before its full independence Serbia participated twice as part of the Serbia- Montenegrin Federation (2nd in 2004 and 7th in 2005), while since 1961 until 1992 participated as part of the united then Yugoslavia. Six of these Yugoslavian entries came from the Serbian region. Yugoslavia had won the contest once, in 1989.
Last year, the winners of “Beovizija 2018” Sanja Ilić & Balkanika managed to qualify for the Grand Final in Lisbon after Serbia failed to do so in 2017. Their song “Nova Deca” finished 19th in the Grand Final with 113 points.