Serbia’s national broadcaster RTS has revealed that 150 songs were submitted to take part in their national selection for Eurovision 2022. This number is higher than the 80 songs that were submitted for Beovizija 2020.
Changes in selections… and changes again!
This year will see a departure in Serbia’s strategy for Eurovision. Following its return, Beovizija was used from 2018 to decide the Serbian representative. Each of the artists managed to qualify for the final and achieve mid-table results.
However, for 2021, Beovizija will not be used as the national selection for Serbia. Instead a new form of national selection will be used to select the representative. Following the end of the submission window, RTS reported a record-breaking 150 songs were submitted for Eurovision 2022. This is almost double than the number at the last time Serbia held a national selection in 2020.
As ESCXTRA reports, RTS is looking to have a 30-song selection, dependent on the quality of songs received. In addition, a jury made up of Serbian music professionals and experts will also be used to help find the best songs from those submitted.
Despite the current plan being to hold a national selection in Serbia and let the public decide, the coronavirus pandemic may result in a change of plan. Should restrictions be imposed in Serbia, RTS has also said it reserves the right to choose the winning song internally.
Serbia’s Eurovision Journey
In 2007, Serbia made its debut as an independent country (they previously participated through Yugoslavia & Serbia & Montenegro), where they were represented by Marija Šerifović with “Molitva, which managed to win the competition. Since their debut, Serbia has participated 13 times (10 of which, where they qualified for the Grand Final).
Their recent participation saw them being represented by Hurricane (who was due to represent them in 2020), with the song “Loco Loco”. At this year’s competition, Serbia managed to qualify for the Grand Final, where they managed to place 15th after receiving 102 points from the jury and televoters.
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News Source: ESC Serbia / RTS
Photo Source: EBU / Thomas Hanses