Serbia: Hurricane to return at Eurovision 2021
Hurricane are invited back to Eurovision 2021 in order to represent Serbia in the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam next May.
The Serbian broadcaster will be sticking with the winners of, Beovizija 2020, the female trio Hurricane, marking one more country that is opting for its Eurovision 2020 hopefuls comeback.
According to the head of entertainment at RTS Olivera Kovačević speaking to local Serbian media ‘24sedam’ confirmed that the female trio will have the chance to reach their Eurovision destination in 2021 after this year’s unfortunate cancellation due to the covid-19 pandemic. The RTS executive stated specifically:
Hurricane will represent Serbia next year if Eurovision is held as announced. The song they will perform with will be chosen separately. They will not perform with this year’s song, but we will especially choose the song with which they will present themselves at Eurovision
According to EBU regulations of the competition, they will have to choose a new song, but RTS has not yet decided how they will choose the song, and that it will be decided in the next period.
Hurrican is a Pop & R&B female group formed Zoran Milinković in November 2017 and is made up by Sanja Vučić, Ivana Nikolić and Ksenija Knežević.They sing mostly in English; they have only three songs in their native language Serbian till now. Hurricane aims to be recognized globally; they have two planned songs for Universal (as of November 2019), and already have collaborated with Hollywood producer Stephen Belafonte (in September 2018
Two of its members are no strangers to the Eurovision world but have got involved one way or another in the event. Namely, Sanja Vučić who is a singer that embraces Jazz element, represented Serbia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 as member of her former group, ΖΑΑ, finishing 18th with the song Goodbye (Shelter). Ksenija Knežević the other hand is the daughter of Knez, the Montenegerin ESC 2014 act while Ksenija herself competed in the 2014 Serbian national final as member of the group SKY. Ivana Nikolić had in the past several collaborations with major former Yugoslavian music stars.
The Eurovision Story so far
Serbia debuted as an independent country in the competiton in 2007, achieving to win the contest with Marija Šerifović and her entry Molitva, which 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 the year after and has a total of 11 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 has achieved 3 more times a top 10 placing (6th in 2008, 3rd in 2012, 10th in 2015).
In the past the nation had participated twice as part of the Serbia- Montenegrin Federation (2nd in 2004 and 7th in 2005), while from 1961 until 1992 it took part under the united then Yugoslavia. Six of the Yugoslavian entries came from the Serbian region. Yugoslavia had won the contest once, in 1989.
Last year the country was represented by Nevena Božović with her song “Kruna” .Nevena’s was no stranger to the Eurovision family as she had previously participated in Junior Eurovision in 2007 and in Eurovision in 2013 with Moje 3. She came 18th in the grand final after securing Serbia’s second successive qualification to the final show.
This year earlier in February, the female group Hurricane won the Serbian national final, Beoviziija 2020, with their song ‘Hasta La Vista’ and secured the right to represent Serbia at Eurovision 2020. Unfortunately their ESC journey was cancelled by the covid- 19 outbreak and never ha the chance to perform in Rotterdam.