Serbia: Hurricane confirmed for Eurovision 2021!

The manager of Hurricane, as well as the editor-in-chief of the Serbian public television entertainment program Olivera Kovačević, confirmed what the domestic media had been reporting since the summer. The popular women’s band will represent Serbia at Eurovision 2021, having one more chance to be on the stage of the contest, after the cancellation of this year’s Eurovision.

It was not specified how the song with which Hurricane will compete in Eurovision 2021, although Olivera Kovačević left open the possibility of a national final for it.

Hurricane will represent Serbia next year if Eurovision takes place as announced. The song with which they will participate will be selected separately. They will not compete with this year’s song, but we will specifically choose the song with which they will be presented in the Eurovision 2021 song contest.

Hurricane would participate in Eurovision 2020 with the song Hasta La Vista:

Hurricane are the 21st representatives of this year’s contest that are officially confirmed for Eurovision 2021!

Source: Ogae Serbia

Editorial: How fair will the “live on tape video” be for Eurovision 2021?

The announcement of the EBU and the Dutch organizers for the live on tape video that will be made by the 41 participants of Eurovision 2021, although it ensures that the contest will take place even in the worst case scenario regarding the course of the pandemic, but leaves many questions in the part of justice and equal conditions that should govern the competition.

What exactly is live on tape video?

According to what was announced, all participating broadcasters were asked to record a live performance of their entry in their country. This recording will be delivered before the contest and will take place in a studio. The recording will take place in real time (as it would in the Contest) without making changes to the vocals or any part of the show itself after the recording.

There will be freedom in the delegations, to present as they consider their entries better, but instructions will be given which will ensure the fairness and integrity of the competition. There will be no audience and the recording should be unique and not be published before the event in May.

Delegations are allowed to use similar technical capabilities and dimensions that would be available on stage in Rotterdam, but are also free to choose a more limited production facility. Video recordings must not contain augmented or virtual reality, overlays, confetti, drone shots, water, color use or green screen.

How to ensure meritocracy and fairness in the contest?

In addition to the above, the EBU also announced a series of safety valves, which will ensure that the 41 live video tapes will have been made under the same conditions. Indicatively, we mention that those present in the video recording will be a representative of the Dutch public broadcaster, while the shooting will be watched by the executive supervisor of the contest, as well as a representative from an independent voting observer (E&Y). The duration of the shooting will be one hour and at this time the participants will be able to videotape up to three times their appearance. The selection of the shot will be made by the Head of Delegation and another authorized representative.

Our doubts about live on tape video

First of all, let’s say that even under normal conditions, not everyone competes on equal terms. What do we mean by that? We see in recent years on the eurovision stage, impressive appearances, with the help of the use of technology. Technology that not all broadcasters can use. Fro example Serbian public broadcaster cannot spend the money that Swedish public broadcaster spends. Albanian television cannot spend the money spent by Russian or Azerbaijani television and so on.

So, many times the countries participating in the contest can start from different points of view, but what mitigates the above a bit is that they share the same stage and it is ensured that everyone sings live. With the advancement of technology, and given that each country can use any studio it wants, even that is in question.

We read that Russia uses virtual reality in its appearance for Junior Eurovision 2020, where the contest will take place via live on tape video. An effect that other countries probably will not have at their disposal, for economic and technical reasons.

Of course for the live on tape videos of Eurovision 2021 the EBU has banned such special effects. However, LEDs are not prohibited and it is possible for different sized scenes, something that, as you understand, will differentiate the final result.

What we all hope is that everything you read remains on a theoretical level only. The situation with the pandemic to improve and to have a Eurovision as close to normal as possible, with the 41 artists performing their songs on the stage of the Ahoy Arena!

What is your opinion about the live on tape video? Are equal conditions guaranteed for all?

Eurovision 2021: Participants will record their songs “live-on-tape” to ensure Contest will happen!

The EBU recently revealed how to ensure that Eurovision 2021 will happen, even in the worst case scenario with the course of the coronary pandemic.

Eurovision 2021 will take place in every way

After yesterday’s announcement that the distribution of countries in the two semifinals remains the same as that of Eurovision 2020, but also the presentation of the four possible scenarios for the conduct of Eurovision 2021, now another detail is given, concerning scenario D. In the new announcement of the EBU, concern the case in which in May the situation with the pandemic will be such that it will not allow air travel and reconnaissance, having a contest as Junior Eurovision 2020 will happen in a few days . With video appearances of the participants!

What is the process

All participating broadcasters were asked to record a live performance of their entries in their country. This recording will be delivered before the contest and will take place in a studio. The recording will take place in real time (as it would in the contest) without making changes to the vocals or any part of the show itself after the recording.

There will be freedom in the delegations, to present as they consider their participations better, but instructions will be given which will ensure the fairness and integrity of the competition. There will be no audience and the recording should be unique and not be published before the event in May.

Delegations are allowed to use similar technical capabilities and dimensions that would be available on stage in Rotterdam, but are also free to choose a more limited production facility. Video recordings must not contain augmented or virtual reality, overlays, confetti, drone shots, water, color use or green screen.

How will it be fair?

Normally in the Eurovision Song Contest all the artists would appear on the same stage under the same conditions giving everyone the same opportunity to shine. For the live recordings, the Reference Group of the Eurovision Song Contest approved additional measures to guarantee the fairness of the contest.

Prior to the recording, each participating broadcaster will meet with a representative from Host Broadcasters and submit a recording session schedule, studio setup and camera schedule.

The Head of Delegation will be on site during the registration period of 60 minutes and up to three authorized expirations, either alone or with an appropriate mandate, to make the final decision on the selection of the final receipt (from three).

A live link will be created during the recording to allow the Eurovision Executive Supervisor and a representative from an independent voting observer (E&Y) and Host Broadcaster to monitor the recording, provide assistance and support, and ensure the integrity and fairness of the contest.

No videos of the appearances from the national finals can be submitted, but each country can record on the same stage. The “live-on-tape” recordings must be delivered by the end of March.

Of course, as we mentioned at the beginning of the article, all of the above will apply in the case of contestants who will not be able to attend Rotterdam in May. The 65th Eurovision Song Contest will take place anyway!

Source: Eurovision.tv

Eurovision 2021: Allocation draw in semi-finals remains the same as in 2020!

A little while ago through the official social networks of the contest, it was announced that the draw of the semi-finals of this year’s contest will also apply to Eurovision 2021. Read more

Eurovision 2021: 41 countries to participate!!

A few moments ago, the EBU revealed the list of the participating countries at the upcoming contest of Eurovision 2021, on 18th, 20th and 22nd of May in Rotterdam the Netherlands. Actually they are the same 41 nations that were about to take part in the 2020 contest that was canceled due to the COVID19 pandemic.

EBU and the Dutch host broadcasters NPO, NOS and AVROTROS have already revealed the 4 scenarios which their are focused on, and they abide by the restrictions and the facts of the pandemic and according to which the Eurovision 2021 will take place. The scenario, which will be chosen, will be announced in due time.

Martin Österdahl, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, said:

“We are grateful for the commitment of the 41 participating broadcasters in helping us bring the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2021.”

“We have the exact same line up of countries that would have competed in 2020 and we are thrilled that they will all return next year. Together with our host broadcasters we are continuing to develop the 4 different scenarios and maintaining a dialogue with all participants. The team from NPO, NOS and AVROTROS are working hard on ensuring the Eurovision Song Contest will provide the excitement and innovation expected by over 180 million viewers, despite the challenging circumstances.”

 

Of the 41 nations taking part, 35 will compete in two Semi-Finals with 10 successful acts from each Semi-Final joining the Big 5 (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom) and hosts the Netherlands in the Grand Final.

Sietse Bakker, Executive Producer of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, said:

“It is fantastic that the same 41 countries that would have taken part this year still want to come to the Netherlands in May 2021. This demonstrates their confidence in our country still being able to organize a successful Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam next year, after the cancellation of the 2020 edition.”

“We have set the bar high to create 3 amazing live shows for an audience of 180 million people, even in these challenging times. To achieve this, we are working on an extensive protocol that guarantees the health of employees, participants, the press and visitors as much as possible.”

 

Participating broadcasters
The following countries (and EBU Member broadcasters) will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam:

Albania (RTSH)

Armenia (AMPTV)

Australia (SBS)*

Austria (ORF)

Azerbaijan (Ictimai TV)

Belarus (BTRC)

Belgium (VRT)

Bulgaria (BNT)

Croatia (HRT)

Cyprus (CyBC)

Czech Republic (CT)

Denmark (DR)

Estonia (ERR)

Finland (YLE)

France (FT)

Germany (ARD/NDR)

Georgia (GPB)

Greece (ERT)

Iceland (RUV)

Ireland (RTE)

Israel (KAN)

Italy (RAI)

Latvia (LTV)

Lithuania (LRT)

Malta (PBS)

Moldova (TRM)

The Netherlands (AVROTROS)

North Macedonia (MKRTV)

Norway (NRK)

Poland (TVP)

Portugal (RTP)

Romania (TVR)

Russia (Channel One)

San Marino (RTV)

Serbia (RTS)

Slovenia (RTVSLO)

Spain (TVE)

Sweden (SVT)

Switzerland (SRG SSR)

Ukraine (UA:PBC)

United Kingdom (BBC)

*EBU Associate

 

It is worth to be mentioned this is the first time since 1990 that we have the same amount of participating countries in two consecutive years.

Source: Eurovision.tv

Serbia: Hurricane with experienced vocal team in Rotterdam

Following their victory at Beovizija 2020, the Hurricane, from Serbia, became representatives of their country.

After their victory, they said that they would change everything on their Eurovision stage appearance and that they would be alone on stage.

Today, Serbian public television has revealed the names of three singers who will support Hurricane vocally, interpreting “Hasta la Vista”.

These are:

-Olga Popović: In 2012 she participated in the vocals of Željko Joksimović, while last year she also supported the Serbian representative, Nevena Ivanović.
-Mladen Lukić: In 2018,he represented Serbia as part of Sanja Ilić & Balkanika, while he was also on the Nevena Ivanović vocals.
-Leontina Vukomanović: She is a songwriter and vocal teacher. She was part of the Serbia-Montenegro team in 2005 as well as the Serbia team in 2015. Lastly, she has created Serbia’s Junior Eurovision entries in 2015 and 2016.

Source/Photo: RTS/Eurovision.Tv

Serbia: The detailed results of Beovizija 2020

The grand finale of the Beovizija 2020, the 10th edition of this institution to choose the national entry for Eurovision song contest, was completed yesterday.

The Hurricane was given the anchor, with their song “Hasta La Vista” lifting the Serbian flag at this year’s Rotterdam contest.

Today, the nation’s largest public broadcaster, RTS, has released the detailed results of this year’s event.

The detailed results of the first semifinal:

DRAW ARTIST SONG TELEVOTE JURY TOTAL PLACE
VOTES POINTS
1 EJO “Trag” 1569 6 3 9 6
2 Milica Mišić “Kiša” 1325 4 5 9 7
3 Ivan Kurtić & Mistik Cello “Sabajle” 1147 2 1 3 10
4 Thea Devy “Sudnji dan” 1541 5 8 13 5
5 Karizma “Ona me zna” 963 0 0 0 12
6 Andrija Jo “Oči meduze” 5611 12 4 16 3
7 Sanja Bogosavljević “Ne puštam” 940 0 7 7 8
8 Marko Marković “Kolači” 3066 10 10 20 1
9 Srđan Lazić “Duša i telo” 1217 3 2 5 9
10 Neda Ukraden “Bomba” 1848 7 6 13 4
11 Bilja & Amvon duo “Raj” 999 1 0 1 11
12 Igor Simić “Ples za rastanak” 2939 8 12 20 2

 

The details results of the second semifinal:

DRAW ARTIST SONG TELEVOTE JURY TOTAL PLACE
VOTES POINTS
1 LIFT “Samo mi kaži” 3116 10 6 16 2
2 Bane Mojićević “Cvet sa Prokletija” 2359 7 3 10 6
3 Balkubano “Svadba velika” 949 1 0 1 11
4 Bojana Mašković “Kao muzika” 1932 4 2 6 8
5 Naiva “Baš, baš” 2255 6 8 14 4
6 Rocher Etno Band “Samo ti umeš to” 1154 3 0 3 10
7 Lazar Živanović “Puklo je nebo” 787 0 1 1 12
8 Ivana Jordan “Vila” 866 0 7 7 7
9 Nenad Ćeranić “Veruj u sebe” 1017 2 4 6 9
10 Hurricane “Hasta la vista” 7230 12 12 24 1
11 Ana Milenković “Tajna” 2545 8 5 13 5
12 Milan Bujaković & Olivera Popović “Niti” 2246 5 10 15 3

The detailed results of the final:

DRAW ARTIST SONG TELEVOTE JURY TOTAL PLACE
VOTES POINTS
1 Milan Bujaković & Olivera Popović “Niti” 2544 1 5 6 9
2 Hurricane “Hasta la vista” 19781 12 12 24 1
3 Neda Ukraden “Bomba” 2965 2 7 9 7
4 Andrija Jo “Oči meduze” 13582 10 1 11 4
5 Igor Simić “Ples za rastanak” 3923 4 10 14 3
6 Thea Devy “Sudnji dan” 2153 0 4 4 10
7 EJO “Trag” 2070 0 0 0 12
8 LIFT “Samo mi kaži” 3454 3 0 3 11
9 Ana Milenković “Tajna” 5710 8 3 11 5
10 Naiva “Baš, baš” 4825 7 8 15 2
11 Marko Marković “Kolači” 4506 5 6 11 6
12 Bane Mojićević “Cvet sa Prokletija” 4650 6 2 8 8

 

Serbia: With Hurricane and “Hasta La Vista” in Rotterdam

The grand final of Beovizija 2020, the 10th edition of this institution to choose the country’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest, was completed shortly before.

The show started at 21:00CET time and took place at RTS Studio 8 in Belgrade. Dragana Kosjerina, Jovan Radomir, Kristina Radenković and Stefan Popovi were presenters of the evening.

At tonight’s final we saw the 12 finalists compete for a Rotterdam ticket:

-Milan Bujaković feat Olivera Popović – “Niti”
-Hurricane – “Hasta la Vista”
-Neda Ukraine – “Bomb”
-Andrija Jo – “The Mediator”
-Igor Simic – “Ples za rastanak”
-Thea Devy – “Sudnji dan”
-EJO – “Trag”
-LIFT– “Samo mi kaži”
-Ana Milenković – “Tajna”
-Naiva – “Baš baš”
-Marko Marković – “Kolači”
-Bane Mojićević – “Cvet sa Prokletija”

The result

The result was judged by a 50/50 vote by the television audience and the five-member jury. Hurricane won the finale with  “Hasta La Vista” song.

Serbia will appear in the first half of the second semifinal on May 14th.

Serbia: Tonight the Big Final of Beovizija 2020

Beovizija 2020, the 10th version of the country’s selection to participate in the Eurovision song contest, wraps up tonight in Serbia. Tonight we will be watching the Grand Final.

The show will take place at RTS Studio 8 in Belgrade and will start at 21:00 CET time. Dragana Kosjerina, Jovan Radomir, Kristina Radenković and Stefan Popovi will be presenters of the evening.

This year there were 90 entries on public television in the country. A special jury judged the best by reducing the number to 24.

At tonight’s final we will see 12 artists competing for the ticket to Rotterdam:

  1. Milan Bujaković feat Olivera Popović – “Niti”
  2. Hurricane – “Hasta la Vista”
  3. Neda Ukraden – “Bomba”
  4. Andrija Jo – “Oči meduze”
  5. Igor Simić – “Ples za rastanak”
  6. Thea Devy – “Sudnji dan”
  7. EJO – Trag”
  8. LIFT– “Samo mi kaži”
  9. Ana Milenković – “Tajna”
  10. Naiva – “Baš baš”
  11. Marko Marković – “Kolači”
  12. Bane Mojićević – “Cvet sa Prokletija”

The winner of the Beovizija 2020 will be determined by the same method of the Eurovision Song Contest. A jury of music experts will determine 50% of the results, while the Serbian public will be able to vote for their favorite song as well.

You can watch the big Beovizija 2020 Final at 21:00 CET time HERE.

Serbia: 90 songs for the Beovizija 2020

With little increased interest, the songs which sent to the Beovizija 2020, produced by Serbia’s public broadcaster, RTS,  in the process by which Serbia is invited to choose the country’s next entry in the Eurovision 2020 contest.

A total of 90 songs were sent to the channel, compared to 76 from last year’s process, while a special jury of native musicians approved all 90 entries. In the next few days, the panel will listen to all the entries and evaluate them, choosing the best to participate in the Beovizija 2020.

To date, the number of entries in the national final has not been disclosed, nor what form it will take. For history, the 2019 national final consisted of 24 entries in two semifinals. The winner of the 2019 Beovizija was Nevena Božović and the song “Kruna”, which finished 18th in the Grand Final with 89 points.

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