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)
In the last couple of years, Serbia have been encountering a bit of a difficulty when it comes to their performances at the Eurovision Song Contest and the results have not been so encouraging noting that they managed to reach the final in the last two years but nevertheless it was not the brilliant end result due to mid-table performances. This time round they have decided to select both their singer and song internally and the decision by RTS, the Serbian broadcaster went towards someone who already experienced the competition in the best possible way with a number of top five results as well as a compere in the form of Zeljko Joksimovic.
Our team including Juergen Boernig and Garrett Mulhall had the time to catch up with the performer; Zeljko Joksimovic and he spoke about a number of issues including his performance in this years' Eurovision Song Contest, his former runner-up finish, his role as a composer and a host. He has experienced the competition in a large number of roles and therefore, he clearly enjoys speaking about the past. Serbia of course won the competition in their first year as an independent country with Marija Serifovic and her entry Molitva and the following year, they continued the trend of success by virtue of reaching the top ten. They will be hoping to get the success of the first two years whilst Zeljko also has a record to defend this time round.
This year, Serbia decided to take up a different route towards success by choosing one of their most popular performers in the form of Zeljko Joksimovic who has already done his deed when the nation was still intertwined with its neighbouring country of Montenegro. The song which he had performed back then was none other than Lane Moje which finished in the runner-up position just behind Ruslana and her track Wild Dances. Many people have commented that this years' entry for the Eurovision Song Contest entitled Nije Ljubav Stvar is as beautiful and could achieve a very strong finish at the end of the evening of the 26th May 2012.
In the past couple of weeks, the performer has been busy recorded a number of different versions to the track indlucing one in Russian and one in English but now he has decided to work on something completely different in the form of an instrumental which bears the name Summer Mix 15 in 1 with the use of a number of musical instruments which had been posted on the Zeljko Joksimovic Official Greek Fanpage. Apart from this, a brand new Eurovision version has also been recorded within the Kolarc Auditorium in Belgrade alongside the RTS Symphonic Orchestra. Zeljko will not need any introduction when he takes to the stage having performing, written and also hosted on behalf of the event. We would like to wish Serbia and RTS the very best of luck with their endeavours. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news about the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest.
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.