Serbia: RTS confirms Eurovision 2021 participation
The Serbian national broadcaster, RTS, has confirmed that it will take part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam.
RTS, has confirmed to ESCToday that the country will be participating in the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest next May in Rotterdam. However the Serbian broadcaster hasn’t yet cleared out whether it will stick with this year’s hopefuls, the female group Hurricane , or select the a new act though a new national final.
Traditionally the Balkan national determines its Eurovision representative via the the national music competition of Beovizijia. More light on the Serbian national selection will be shed in the following weeks.
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 and 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 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).
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 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.
News Source: ESCToday