62nd Post: Eurovision (37 Artists)

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The winner in 2022 was the band Kalush which is an Ukrainian rap group formed in 2019. The group consists of founder and rapper Oleh Psiuk, multi-instrumentalist Ihor Didenchuk, and breakdancer MC KylymMen. Didenchuk is also a member of the electro-folk band Go_A, which represented Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. One of their hits is: “Stefania” (https://youtu.be/UiEGVYOruLk).

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History of Eurovision

The Eurovision Song Contest is one of the longest running television shows in the world and celebrated its 66th anniversary this year. The first show aired on 24th May 1956 and since then it has embedded itself in European tradition and is without doubt one of Europe’s most treasured TV shows and a guilty pleasure of many. With six decades of history, well over 1000 songs have been performed on the show by the likes of ABBA, Céline Dion, Cliff Richard and Julio Iglesias. But where did it all begin? It was started by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) following a meeting in Monaco in 1955, when Marcel Bezençon, a Frenchman working for the EBU, came up with the idea of an international song contest based on the Italian Festival di Sanremo. It was initially conceived as a technological experiment in live television in the days before satellite TV, YouTube and Netflix but was such a huge success that it continued to air annually in Europe, as well as Australia, Canada, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Jordan, Korea, New Zealand and the United States in more recent years. It continues to grow every year and if you’re a Eurovision fan then you may have noticed that Australia entered the contest (and performed very well) in the 2015 and 2016 shows, and it is anticipated that other non-EU countries may enter in the future, making it a truly global contest. In the early years of the competition, as only a small number of countries participated, all acts performed on the big night and then a televote was opened, allowing viewers to vote for their favourite act, with the exception of their own country. The winner of the public vote was crowned champion and the prize was the privilege of hosting the contest the following year. However, as the competition has grown with more countries entering acts (43 countries in total), there are now several knock-out rounds and semi-finals leading up to the main event, and currently only 26 acts perform on the night, although all 43 participating countries can vote for their favorite. Another change to the format in recent years has been the use of national juries, who professionally judge the acts, with their votes being added to the public vote. These panels were brought in to try to negate political voting, whereby neighboring countries voted for one another, as this was beginning to ruin the results of the show. In a twist to the 2016 contest, the votes of the national juries were presented first by representatives from each participating country, with the televoting points then being added and announced by the show hosts.

A sample of one country’s singers: Serbia

To give you an idea of the talent levels, I have included the singers from just one country: Serbia. The Serbia’s public broadcaster RTS has revealed the 36 songs competing in ‘Song For Eurovision 22’, alongside the running orders of the semi-finals, and a first look at the new logo! Below are the names of the songs and artists participating in Serbia’s national final but you won’t have to wait very long to hear them… you will be able to listen to all 36 on the RTS Pesma Evrovizije – Zvanični YouTube channel as of 14:00 CET on Tuesday 8 February. The participants will also present their songs on the RTS morning show on a daily basis, starting from Wednesday 9 February.

Song For Eurovision ’22, broadcast dates:

  • Thursday 3 March: Song for Eurovision ‘22(Semi-Final 1)
  • Friday 4 March: Song for Eurovision ‘22 (Semi-Final 2)
  • Saturday 6 March: Song for Eurovision ‘22(Grand Final) ⭐️

Each semi-final will feature 18 songs, with 9 songs qualifying from each for the grand final. In all shows, 50% of the final score will come from televotes and 50% from professional juries.

Semi-Final 1, Running Order:

Thursday 3 March

1. Sanja Bogosavljević from Serbia – Priđi mi (Approach me) (https://youtu.be/0UHDaNtrP0s) ) (RQ 10+)

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Music: Ilija Antović
Lyrics: Ilija Antović

2. VIS Limunada – Pesma ljubavi (The Song of Love) (https://youtu.be/VBua89S33HY). A six member group. The melody reminds me of an old time favorite: “Mr. Tambourine Man.”

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Music: Miodrag Ninić 6 member group.
Lyrics: Miodrag Ninić

3. Zorja Pajic – Zorja (Pesma za Evroviziju) https://youtu.be/eoTsDAPM39U

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Music: Zorja Pajić, Lazar Pajić
Lyrics: Zorja Pajić

4. Bojana Mašković – Dama (Lady). https://youtu.be/RS6EyAcv9Bo

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Music: Dušan Krsmanović i Alen Duš
Lyrics: Alen Duš

5. Boris Subotić – Vrati mi (Give Me Back) https://youtu.be/0W67ZsJ7iek

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Music: Boris Subotić
Lyrics: Boris Subotić

6. Ivona Pantelić – Znam (I Know) (https://youtu.be/m2wwALbDXS8) RQ 10. Great harmonies!

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Music: Ivona Pantelić
Lyrics: Ivona Pantelić

7. Bane Lalić i MVP – Tu gde je ljubav, tu ne postoji mrak (Where There Is Love, These Is No Darkness) https://youtu.be/lej1pX7vsZY

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Music: Bane Lalić
Lyrics: Bane Lalić

8. Brie Angellina – Reach. (https://youtu.be/E1Em1er1XIw)

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Music: Ognjen Jovanov, Marko Kon, Angellina
Lyrics: Ognjen Jovanov, Marko Kon, Angellina

9. Ana Stanic – Ljubav bez dodira (Love Without a Touch) https://youtu.be/Ny47UhP0hgo

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Music: Vojislav Dragović
Lyrics: Ana Stanić

10. Juliya Samoylova – Brzina (Speed) https://youtu.be/bgBwbr_fUxA

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Music: Nenad Ćeranić
Lyrics: Nenad Ćeranić

11. Aca Lukas – Oskar (Oscar) piano player. https://youtu.be/kxVk2QqkZGI

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Music: Saša Nikolić
Lyrics: Mira Mijatović

12. Konstrakta (Ana Duric) – In Corpore Sano https://youtu.be/3S1jrYq87Zw

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Music: Ana Đurić i Milovan Bošković
Lyrics: Ana Đurić

13. Igor Simić – Nisam ja (It Wasnt Me) https://youtu.be/uhf32DwyU5Q

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Music: Darko Dimitrov
Lyrics: Vladimir Danilović

14. Mia – Blanko (Blank) https://youtu.be/r-Nw7HbaeWY

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Music: Aleksandra Milutinović
Lyrics: Aleksandra Milutinović

15. Jelena Pajić – Pogledi (Looks) https://youtu.be/SmqYH6PE9mQ

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Music: Marijo Pajić
Lyrics: Đorđe Miljenović

16. Biber – Dve godine i šes’ dana (Two Years and Six Days) https://youtu.be/mB1C6OcY_SI

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Music: Rastko Aksentijević
Lyrics: Momčilo Bajagić Bajaga

17. Marija Mikić – Ljubav me inspiriše (Love Inspires Me) https://youtu.be/486rVm3NbDk

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Music: Vuxa
Lyrics: Miladin Bogosavljević

18. Lift – Drama (Drama) https://youtu.be/TJNc6ggop9k

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Music: Milan SevdahBABY Stanković, LIFT
Lyrics: Milan SevdahBABY Stanković, LIFT

Semi-Final 2, Running Order:

Friday 4 March

1. Srđan Lazić – Tražim te (Searching For You) https://youtu.be/QXI9Z8A5zTg

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Music: Srđan Lazić
Lyrics: Srđan Lazić

2. Julijana Vincan – Istina i laži (Truth and Lies). (https://youtu.be/yxHNGlw5xqQ) A quartet. (RQ 9)

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Music: Linda Cristina Persson, Ylva Cristina Persson
Lyrics: Vildana Husibegović

3. Marko Nikolić – Dođi da te volim (Come, So That I Can Love You) https://youtu.be/_r9Q8B-jJ9c

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Music: Marko Nikolić
Lyrics: Nada Bučević

4. Zoe Kida – Bejbi (Baby) https://youtu.be/9CLSdmpBggU

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Music: Zoe Kida
Lyrics: Zoe Kida

5. Orkestar Aleksandra Sofronijevića – Anđele moj (My Angel) https://youtu.be/yJRppHovWPE

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Music: Aleksandar Sofronijević, Nikola Labović, Mirna Kosanin
Lyrics: Mirna Kosanin

6. Goca Tržan – Fitilj (Fuse). https://youtu.be/MShmfjlGWgs (RQ 10)

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Music: Dušan Bačić
Lyrics: Dušan Bačić

7. Euterpa – Nedostaješ (Missing) https://youtu.be/q9aKK4jd7V8

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Music: Boris Krstajić
Lyrics: Vladimir Danilović

8. Dušan Svilar – Samo ne reci da voliš (Just Dont Say You Love) https://youtu.be/qm7-SulDiXo (RQ 10)

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Music: Rastko Aksentijević
Lyrics: Momčilo Bajagić Bajaga

9. Ivana Vladović i Jovana Stanimirović – Prijaće ti (It’ll Be Good For You) https://youtu.be/lJ6igOPuaP4 (RQ 10)

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Music: Ivan Ilić i Nikola Bulatović
Lyrics: Ivan Ilić i Nikola Bulatović

10. Gift – Haos (Chaos) https://youtu.be/mV2bmcskgbQ

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Music: Gift
Lyrics: Jovan Matić

11. Zejna Murkić – Nema te (You Are Gone) (https://youtu.be/HYGh1OBFhzc). RQ 9. Soft easy listening voice.

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Music: Vlado Maraš
Lyrics: Sanja Perić

12. Sara Jo – Muškarčina (Manly Man) https://youtu.be/2ILWULTkm2c (RQ 10)

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Music: Slobodan Veljković Coby
Lyrics: Slobodan Veljković Coby

13. Marija Mirković – Požuri, požuri (Hurry, Hurry). https://youtu.be/qL3on8LgdlE (RQ 10)

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Music: Marija Mirković
Lyrics: Alka Vuica

14. Rocher Etno Band – Hajde sad nek svak peva (Let Everybody Sing) Far East sound. https://youtu.be/gYjZLongEWI

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Music: Miodrag Klisarić
Lyrics: Miodrag Klisarić

15. Vasco – Znaš li (Do You Know). https://youtu.be/vgicabNf1PM

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Music: Vasilije Čolan Vasco, Ivan Franović, Marko Kon
Lyrics: Vasilije Čolan, Marko Kon, Anđela Vujović Angellina

16. Tijana Dapčević – Ljubi, ljubi doveka (Kiss, Kiss Forever) (https://youtu.be/RPrNR7xyc8c) RQ 10. Interesting deep, gravelly voice.

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17. Gramophonedzie – Počinjem da ludim (I’m Going Mad) https://youtu.be/fRLnUMEIslc

Music: Leontina Pat
Lyrics: Leontina Pat
Arrangement: Nemanja Filipović

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Music: Marko Milićević, Milana Popović
Text: Milana Popović, Tamara Milićević

18. Naiva – Skidam (I Take Off) https://youtu.be/g55KQnlajM4 (RQ 10)

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Music: Zoran Babović Babonja
Lyrics: Jelena Živanović (Jelena Zana)

The hosts for all three shows are well known to Eurovision fans in Serbia; Dragana Kosjerina and Jovan Radomir will greet us on the main stage, while Kristina Radenković and Stefan Popović will be in the green room.

Serbia in the Eurovision Song Contest

Serbia debuted as a newly independent nation in 2007, winning the Contest on its first attempt with the classic Balkan ballad Molitva by Marija Šerifović.