Matt Mercieca, Lina Eriksson and Magnus Kaxe represent different genres of music but all are part of the music industry and therefore bring in wealth of experience when analysing the songs competing in this years' Eurovision Song Contest and this is the main reason why the editorial board of escflashmalta.com sought to engage them in particular. All of the information is obtained from the official website of the international spectacle and indeed, pertaining to the running order as decided by the producers, Serbia will be performing in slot number sixteen (16) from the sixteen (16) entries which will be competing during the first semi-final. RTS, the broadcaster resposible for the participation of Serbia in the Eurovision Song Contest will be represented by the song Ljubav Je Svuda composed by Saša Milošević to the lyrics of Marina Tucaković with vocals provided by the trio known as Moje 3.
Three extraordinary vocal talents, Mirna, Nevena and Sara, are this year’s most successful participants of the talent show Prvi Glas Srbije (The First Voice of Serbia). Having gained popularity due to their exceptional performances, they decided to reunite and participate as a trio in the Serbian national final for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. Their victory has been a dream come true and has given them the opportunity to represent their country at this international event. Mirna (20) was born in the city of Subotica. She has been playing the violin, the piano and the guitar since a very young age. Mirna is adept at performing in all musical genres, from pop-rock to jazz to traditional Serbian music. As a huge Eurovision fan, she has always watched it with her family, and she promised her grandmother that one day she would participate in it. To her fans, she says: “Stay with us until the end and we will do our best to bring joy to the entire nation”.
Nevena (18) was born in Kosovska Mitrovica. She is a third year student at the Belgrade Music Academy. With her song Piši mi, she has already gained the third place in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2007 in Rotterdam. Over the years, she has participated in numerous festivals in the region. She says that Ljubav Je Svuda was especially written for the three of them and that it is about a girl who is in love, but cannot decide between the good and the bad sides of love, hence the title “Love is everywhere”. To her fans, she says: “I want my fans to be healthy, happy and smiling all the time, to enjoy music and I'll do my best to please them.” Sara (19) was born and raised in Rome. Although she is only 19 years old, she dominates the stage with her presence and movements. Sara displayed her talent for music and acting at a very early age. She is a second year student at the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade, but music is currently her most important goal. After her participation in Prvi Glas Srbije, she gained a large fan base in a short time. Sara finds her greatest inspiration in Beyonce.
Moje 3 were selected to represent Serbia in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest following the return of a national selection process. Beosong had been stopped for a couple of years noting that the broadcaster wanted to cut back on costs and organise a number of small scale selections which involved only two/three artists with the focus being on the songwriter/s. This time round though things changed and Beosong marked it's return to the joy of the public in general noting that ratings were relatively high. The winning trio did not seem to have a lot of competition from the voting figures noting that when the top five were selected, they still managed to outnumber their first runner-up by a total of five thousand votes, despite the second runner-up being even further behind by around eighteen thousand votes in total. The song entitled Spas performed by Dušan Svilar was the closest to winning the selection after Moje 3 and the genre is very much in the vein of what Serbia is known to send to the competition.
Since debuting as an independent nation back in 2007, Serbia has never looked back and winning on their first outing was definitely a coup. Many had not considered the track Molitva by Marija Serifovic to be a winner although a good first result was definitely expected and truth be said, it is still one of the least successful winners in terms of commercial results. Nevertheless, they have maintained their success and qualification has always been assured apart from once when the jury had selected the tenth slot themselves and opted out of choosing Serbia despite Cipela by Marko Kon and Milaan had finished in tenth place. Last year Serbia finished in the second runner-up position as Zeljko Joksimovic took to the stage in a stunning rendition of the song Nija Ljubav Stvar. Serbia will be hoping to continue achieving success in the international spectacle and that a bit of Balkan pop would definitely not harm their chances.
Professional Critics Voice their Opinion
Magnus Kaxe: A strange combination of girls. All sing well and are good looking. The verse and pre-chorus is more interesting than than the chorus. Average.
Lina Eriksson: I get a feeling this song wouldn't work as well in english. Good singers in a typical ESC-song spiced just a tiny bit more modern. An ok song.
Matt Mercieca (Muxu): Ooh a girl group, I normally have a guilty pleasure for girl groups. the dance is a little tacky, and not together at all. They have good voices, and are all pretty good looking, i don't like what they are wearing. I do love how the chorus starts, but then its all goes a little down hill, i love until the singing up the scale, but then goes into a happier beat which i don't think makes sense. but I do like it. if they get there performance together, and dress up better, and do everything in synch, I think they should do ok.
One of the most successful countries in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest is definitely Serbia having won on their debut in 2007 with the track Molitva performed by Marija Šerifović but this was followed, by another two top ten achievements, the most recent coming last year at the hands of Željko Joksimović with the song Nije Ljubav Stvar finishing in third place. This year, RTS has decided on hosting an open national final, the first in almost four years which will see fifteen (15) entries competing for the right to represent the Balkan nation at the esteemed competition taking place in Malmö, Sweden.
The broadcaster received a total of one hundred, seventy one (171) submissions and had to narrow them down directly to the performance stage, with a semi-final taking place prior to the final selection round in order to make sure that both the jury and the public will select their entry out of a number of tracks which deserve their respective result. The semi-final has been scheduled for the 2nd March whilst the final will be taking place on the 3rd March. In the final round of the selection, there will be just five (5) acts competing to represent Serbia. Below you could see which entries made it through with their respective songwriters. The performers of the tracks will be revealed within the next couple of days.
- Moja Svetlosti - Igor Terzija (Filipovic / Savic)
- Što Prolazim - Dusan Zrnic (Bojic Mrden)
- Za Tebe Živim - Kristina Savic (Borisavljevic / Savic)
- Savršen Kraj - Aleksandra Dabic (Maric - Carli)
- Usne Kadifa - Vanja Gnjapic i 'Kal (Ristic / Milanovic Marika)
- Tren - Zarko Stepanov (Ivan Ilic)
- Svetla Pale Se Za Nas - Kesnija Kocetova (Kocetov / Kocetova / Malbasic)
- Blagoslov - Maja Nikolic (Paelinck / Nikolic)
- Spas - Dusan Svilar (Durasevic - Mahoni / Savic)
- Ruža Od Baruta - Ruza od Baruta (Milosavljevic)
- Anđeo S Neba - Maja Odzaklijevska (Burovac / Buljan / Kon)
- Halo! - Marija Mihailovic (Cuturilo / Jankovic / Tanaskovic)
- Ljubav Je Svuda - Radulovic, Bozovic, Jovanovic (Milosevic / Tucakovic)
- Magija - Sky'z (Sky Wikluh)
- Duga U Tvojim Očima - Aleksandra Jankovic (Petrovic)
Zeljko Joksimovic with song Nije Ljubav Stvar finished in third place at last years’ edition of the Eurovision Song Contest and considering that most results of the ex-Yugoslavian nation have been positive, they will be looking forward for another successful result. RTS, the broadcaster responsible for the Serbian participation is hosting an open national final for the very first time since 2009 when Marko Kon & Milaan failed to qualify to the final, finishing in tenth place by overlooked by the jury which had the power to select the final qualifier as per the rules back then. There was a lot of interest and it has just been announced that the broadcaster received a total of 171 submissions for the Beosong competition.
An internal panel of judges will be selecting no more than fifteen (15) entries to compete in the semi-final of the national selection set to take place on the 2nd March. The names of the jury who will be making the selection will not be revealed by the broadcaster. Amongst the star performers that have been said to have entered the competition include the OT Band which includes former Bosnia & Herzegovina representative, Vukašin Brajić as well as the finalists of a number of reality television shows such as Zvezde Granda and the First Voice of Serbia who have somewhat come together in the form of groups. In the meantime, local tabloids have gone ahead stating that Natasa Bekvalac has also entered the selection with a track written by Zeljko Joksimovic whose success at the renowned Eurovision Song Contest precedes him, finishing in the first and second runner-up positions on two occasions respectively. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.
One of the first countries to kick off their national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest in the past two years has been Switzerland noting that they do eventually make the first choice and it seems that this will be the case for Malmo, Sweden in 2013 noting that the three main broadcasters who represent the nation at the annual event, those being SF, RTS and RSI are gearing up to select the nine songs that will ultimately be competing against each other on the 15th December when the final takes place within the city of Kreuzlingen, most notably the Bodensee Arena which has been hosted for the same period of time that this procedure actually begun.
On Saturday at 08:00 CET, the first submissions can be sent in through the online platform which has seen entries from all over the world including the likes of the United States, South Africa and Canada amongst others remembering Ultra Nate, Romanz and even eventual finalist Katherine St.Laurent. The songs that will be sent in through the online platform will be subject to a public vote in October between the 15th and the 29th, out of which four will eventually make it through to the final. In the meantime, three (3) of the finalists will be picked by the French regional broadcaster, RTS with the last two (2) eventually chosen by the Italian regional broadcaster, RSI.
The broadcasters have commonly stated that they will be looking for tracks which comply with the current music trends abroad but then again, must also respect the rules set forth by the European Broadcasting Union meaning that the tracks cannot be longer than three minutes and should involve a maximum of six people on stage who must be at least sixteen (16) years old by the time of the Eurovision Song Contest 2013. Last year, the Swiss-Italian band Sinplus represented Switzerland failing to get through to the final by virtue of finishing in eleventh place in the semi-final but then again, Anna Rossinelli had qualified in the previous year at the expense of Malta who missed out by just one point.
Source: SF, RSI, RTS
Our critics for the second semi-final of the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest were announced yesterday and a guest star from the local music scene will also be reviewing the entry for Sweden in the absence of Magnus Kaxe who is of course a leading Swedish songwriter. Kicking off the second evening this year will be none other than Serbia which is quite ironic noting that Montenegro is opening the first semi-final just two night before that. The former Yugoslavian nation has had a much better record than their counter-part but in the past two years, they have had to suffice with mediocre placings despite the submission of great songs to the event. They will be hoping that it will chance this year with Željko Joksimović, an artist who is somewhat of a trump-card. He will be performing the song Nije Ljubav Stvar written alongside Marina Tucaković and Miloš Roganović.
Željko Joksimović was born on the 20th of April, 1972. in Belgrade, Serbia. At 12 years of age, he won the prestigious First Accordion of Europe award at the music festival in Paris. He attended the University of Musical Arts in Belgrade and is one of rare musicians who knows how to play 14 different instruments. His professional music career has continuously been on the rise. During the 1990's he achieved consecutive success at the Belgrade Spring festival as a composer. In addition to performing, Željko also composed music for theatre productions. The defining year in the career of Željko Joksimović was 2004. when he won the national song contest for Serbia and Montenegro with the song Lane Moje.
After many years, Serbia and Montenegro got their representative at the prestigious Eurovision Song Contest, where he finished in second place in the Final. The success at the Eurovision Song Contest changed the direction of Željko's career. This is proven by the results that he achieved in the following years. In December of 2005 Željko's fourth album sold over 500.000 copies. In terms of quality, this album represents a big step forward in his career - during this period Željko also ventured into composing music for films.
The Eurovision success repeated once again in 2006, when his composition Lejla for Hari Mata Hari, the representatives of Bosnia and Herzegovina won third place. September of 2007 was marked by the sixth regional Balkan radio festival in which 22 pop stars from the region competed. The Grand Prix was won by Željko for his hit song Devojka. At the most prestigious music festival in Serbia, Beovizija in 2008, he composed the winning song Oro, performed by Jelena Tomašević. It was this song that represented Serbia, the host of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2008.
Serbian Broadcasting Corporation and the EBU gave Željko the role of the host of the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest, held in Belgrade along with Jovana Janković. Jelena Tomašević and the song Oro Finished in sixth place in the Final. Serbian broadcaster RTS revealed the exciting news that Željko Joksimović would once again represent his country on the 57th Eurovision Song Contest in Azerbaijan 2012. Željko has been given complete control over the Serbian entry. He will both compose and perform the entry, which was presented to the public for the first time in a show on Serbian television in early 2012. This will be Željko's fourth attempt at winning the competition.
The Critics Voice Their Opinion
- A 4:30 minute song compressed into 3 minutes. The ethnic and orchestra sounds remind me a little bit of the soundtrack from “The lords of the rings”. Interesting arrangement structure which nicely builds up to the triumphant ending. The artist has a great voice and the Serbian language fits well to the song. A very good start indeed, hence eight (8) points.
- Beautiful song with so much feeling, I love his voice and this song will make me cry.....the harmonies are wonderful, full of strength and power, I think one of the best songs of this years contest...I believe that the maximum ten (10) points are in order.
- This is yet another bombastic and close-to-perfect Balkan ballads, and we have heard a few of them in the last few years. Coming from Željko, I would have expected a bit more here. It is good, but not Lane moje-good, still thought eight (8) points.
Performer: Željko Joksimović
Composer: Željko Joksimović
Authors: Marina Tucaković and Miloš Roganović
Song: Nije Ljubav Stvar
History of the Nation
Since the dissolution of the nation known as Serbia & Montenegro, it seems that the former has managed to take away some of the priceless gems in a numerous amount of industries including music and tennis for example but let's stay on the music side. The culture seems to have been transcended well onto Europe. Upon their initial participation as an independent country, they managed to finish at the top position with Marija Serifovic and her track Molitva. The positive results would go on even onto the following year in fact with Jelena Tomasevic taking up the role with yet another beautiful Balkan ballad written by Zeljko himself finishing in sixth position. Their luck seemed to be running out especially when they failed to qualify from the semi-final in 2009 with Cipela performed by Marko Kon & Milan Nikolic but then performances from Milan Stankovic in 2010 and also Nina in 2011 saw them make the finals and reach decent mid-table positions.