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ⓘ Serbia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. Serbia originally planned to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. The Serbian broadcaster Radio Televisi ..




                                     

ⓘ Serbia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020

Serbia originally planned to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. The Serbian broadcaster Radio Television of Serbia will organise and hold the national final Beovizija 2020 in order to select the Serbian entry for the 2020 contest to be held in Rotterdam, Netherlands. However, due to 2019-20 pandemic of Coronavirus, the contest was cancelled.

                                     

1. Background

Prior to the 2020 Contest, Serbia had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest twelve times since its first entry in 2007, winning the contest with their debut entry "Molitva" performed by Marija Serifovic. Since 2007, nine out of twelve of Serbias entries have featured in the final with the nation failing to qualify in 2009, 2013 and in 2017, missing out 2014 contest.

The Serbian national broadcaster, Radio Television of Serbia RTS, broadcasts the event within Serbia and organises the selection process for the nations entry. RTS confirmed their intentions to participate at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest on 6 August 2018. Between 2007 and 2009, Serbia used the Beovizija national final in order to select their entry. However, after their 2009 entry, "Cipela" performed by Marko Kon and Milaan, failed to qualify Serbia to the final, the broadcaster shifted their selection strategy to selecting specific composers to create songs for artists. In 2010, RTS selected Goran Bregovic to compose songs for a national final featuring three artists, while in 2011 Kornelije Kovac, Aleksandra Kovac and Kristina Kovac were tasked with composing one song each. In 2012, the internal selection of Zeljko Joksimovic and the song "Nije ljubav stvar" secured the countrys second highest placing in the contest to this point, placing third. In 2013, RTS returned to an open national final format and organized the Beosong competition. The winning entry, "Ljubav je svuda" performed by Moje 3, failed to qualify Serbia to the final at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. In 2015, RTS selected Vladimir Graic, the composer of Serbias 2007 Eurovision Song Contest winning entry "Molitva", to compose songs for a national final featuring three artists. After two internal selections in 2016 and 2017, RTS announced that Beovizija will return as a national selection from 2018 onwards, managing to qualify every year to the final since.

                                     

2.1. Before Eurovision Beovizija 2020

Beovizija 2020 was the 10th edition of the Serbian national final Beovizija to select Serbias entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. The contest consisted of two semi finals held on 28 and 29 February 2020 and the final which was held on 1 March 2020. The shows were hosted by Dragana Kosjerina, Jovan Radomir, Kristina Radenkovic and Stefan Popovic.

During the Beovizija 2020, it was celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest 1990, the only hosting of the Eurovision Song Contest by the former Yugoslav Radio Television.

                                     

2.2. Before Eurovision Semi-final 1

Twelve songs competed during the first semi-final at the Studio 8 of RTS on 28 February 2020. The six qualifiers were decided by a combination of votes from a jury panel and the Serbian public.

                                     

2.3. Before Eurovision Semi-final 2

Twelve songs competed during the second semi-final at the Studio 8 of RTS on 29 February 2020. The six qualifiers were decided by a combination of votes from a jury panel and the Serbian public.

                                     

2.4. Before Eurovision Final

Twelve songs competed during the final at the Studio 8 of RTS on 1 March 2020. The winner was be decided by a combination of votes from a jury panel and the Serbian public.

                                     

2.5. Before Eurovision OGAE Serbia Award

OGAE Serbia Award for the best song on Beovision by association members. The award was won by the winning song "Hasta la Vista" with 149 points. Second place, with 103 points, came from the song "Oci Meduze" by Andrija Jo, while third place went to Thea Devy and her song "Sudnji dan" with 84 points.

The complete table for the OGAE Serbia Award:

                                     

3. At Eurovision

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big 5" are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union EBU split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 28 January 2020, a special allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Serbia was placed into the second semi-final, to be held on 14 May 2020, and was scheduled to perform in the first half of the show. However, due to 2019-20 pandemic of Coronavirus, the contest was cancelled.

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