Serbia: Tonight the First Semi-Final of Pesma za Evroviziju 24!

With less than two weeks left until the finale of the national finals for Eurovision 2024, Serbia kicks off today the process of selecting its representative for the 68th Eurovision Song Contest. In a few hours from now, the first semi-final of Pesma za Evroviziju 24 will take place in Belgrade.

Format

Pesma za Evroviziju 24 comprises three shows, including two semi-finals and the grand final on March 2nd, from which Serbia’s representative for the 68th Eurovision Song Contest will emerge.

According to the rules of the Serbian national final, fourteen artists will compete in each of the two semi-finals, with eight advancing to the final. This means that sixteen artists will compete in the grand final of the Serbian national selection on March 2nd.

The eight artists advancing to the final of Pesma za Evroviziju 24 will be determined through a round of voting. The Serbian audience and the jury will jointly decide (50/50) on the eight artists who will earn a ticket to the final.

First Semi-Final

The fourteen artists competing tonight in the first semi-final of the Serbian music celebration are:

  1. Marko MandićDno”
  2. M.IRAPercepcija”
  3. Bojana x DavidNo No No”
  4. Lena KovačevićZovi me Lena”
  5. Saša Báša i Virtual RitualElektroljubav”
  6. Martina VrbosDa me voliš”
  7. FilarriKo je ta žena”
  8. BreskvicaOrlovo gnezdo”
  9. HristinaBedem”
  10. Ivana VladovićJaka”
  11. ChaiSama”
  12. ZorjaLik u ogledalu”
  13. KavalaVavilon”
  14. Keni nije mrtavDijamanti”

Pesma za Evroviziju 24 hosts are Dragana Kosjerina and Slaven Došlo. In the green room, for the third consecutive year, we’ll see Kristina Radenković and Stefan Popović.

The first semi-final of Pesma za Evroviziju 24 begins at 21:00 CET and you can watch it through the channel of the Serbian public television on YouTube by clicking HERE.

The winner of Serbia’s national final for 2023 and consequently the country’s representative in Liverpool was Luke Black with the song “Samo mi se spava”, finishing in the twenty-fourth place.

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Serbia: RTS’ trailer for Pesma za Evroviziju 2024!

Just a few minutes ago, the trailer of this year’s Serbian national final, Pesma za Evroviziju 2024, was released!

The Serbian broadcaster, RTS, specifically invites us this week to “discover a new universe of 28 stars”, who evidently are none other than the 28 artists competing for the ticket to Malmö.

You can also watch the trailer below:

We remind you that the first semi-final of PZE24 will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, February 27, at 21:00 CET, with the second semi-final and the final following on Thursday and Saturday respectively!


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Serbia: This is the Pesma za Evroviziju 2024 stage!

A short while ago, RTS released some pictures of the stage that will host the artists who will compete to represent Serbia in Malmö this May!

Πιο συγκεκριμένα, το δελτίο τύπου της σερβικής τηλεόρασης αναφέρει χαρακτηριστικά ότι «η συγκεκριμένη σκηνή είναι η πιο μοντέρνα, η πιο σύγχρονη και η μεγαλύτερη που έχει χρησιμοποιηθεί για τη διοργάνωση του Pesma za Evroviziju».

More specifically, the press release of the Serbian TV says that “this particular stage is the most modern, the most contemporary and the largest that has been used for the organization of Pesma za Evroviziju“.

The stage consists of 700 square meters of LED screens at the backgroung and on the floor. It is also reported that 300 light projectors will be used, which with superior programming and management can create light effects and animations just like the ones we see on the Eurovision stage!

For the third consecutive year, CuePilot, the same software used in the Eurovision Song Contest, will be used for directing and framing the Serbian national final.

The semi-finals of Pesma za Evroviziju 2024 are scheduled for February 27 and 29, while the Grand Final, in which the Serbian representative will be announced, will take place on March 2.


Source: RTS

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Serbia: Breskvica reveals the meaning behind her song!

We are only a few weeks away from the first semi-final of Pesma za Evroviziju 2024 and Breskvica, one of the favourites to represent Serbia in Eurovision 2024, was present at the “Kec na jedanaest” show earlier today, where she talked about several issues related to her participation.

The first question of the presenters was if she expected her song to have such a big impact (1.500.000 views in one week) with her answering:

“The truth is that I expected it to do well because people usually love and support my songs, but with that many views and a million views away from Konstrakta’s track, which is the very next one, no I didn’t expect it!”

Then she was asked about how such a more traditional song came about since she has not used us to something like this. Her answer:

“I’ve always wanted to have a song like that! I love to sing traditional songs even when I am alone. I think my voice sounds different”

“So yeah, I’ve always wanted something like that but it had never come up. Just like Eurovision hadn’t come up because we didn’t have a song. I think that when you go to this competition you need to have a song that represents your country the way it should and also have the sound of your country”

“One day Henny (the songwriter) called me and said ‘I have a song that nobody wants but you will!'”

Based on the latter she was asked why no one wanted it and she replied “Because it’s not mainstream, it’s not modern, maybe they were afraid of it”.

Reference was also made to negative comments she may have received.

“It’s bad. Some of the comments are completely thoughtless, I don’t even want to talk about them. But it doesn’t matter because I’m so proud of this song! I can’t wait until the first semi-final for people to hear what it will sound like live, because some people don’t believe me that it will sound good, but I’ll do my best to convince them too!”

Afterwards, the presenters asked the young singer what is the meaning or even the subtext of the lyrics of the song that have caused a drama on the internet.

A brief description of what has happened

In the last few days there has been a panic on X as Albanians and Kosovars are calling for the song to be suspended by the EBU, as they believe that the song is inciting the Serbs to invade Kosovo!

More specifically, the lyrics of the song talk about “black birds” that cover the sky, it gets dark, thunders are heard and the nest of an eagle is destroyed. At the end of the song he comforts his son saying that “Soon all this will pass, the black birds will be gone, the sky will be clear again”.

According to this theory, the “black birds” symbolize the black eagle of the Albanian flag, the weather phenomena symbolize the war in Kosovo and the eagle symbolizes the Serbs and the hope that they will take back Kosovo.

On the other hand, although there are Serbs who agree with the above theory, most of them think that the song has to do with NATO’s bombing in 1999.

In this theory, the “black birds” symbolize the NATO planes, the weather phenomena symbolize the bombing, and the eagle symbolizes the Serbs and the hope-agony that one day this will all be over.

Breskvica’s response

“Every song, every lyric, each person interprets them differently. That’s the beauty of this job and music in general”

“I don’t know what anyone might hear in this track. I do know that we, when we were writing it, had in mind a battle between good and evil, that no matter what, good always wins in the end even if it’s destroyed by evil”

“One can still, perhaps, identify the lyrics with personal situations, personal struggles that they have gone through and managed to stand on their feet again”

“I wouldn’t go further than that”

Then in response to whether she could provide any information about the staging of the song, she said:

“I think that in Eurovision it’s 50% the song and 50% the performance. The staging can definitely ‘lift’ or ‘bring down’ a song”

“We’re working on something spectacular but I can’t reveal any more than that. I would love to because I can hardly contain myself, I’m very excited!”

“I think people will really like it. We’ve really put a lot of effort into the staging, and we’re still working on it all day. I hope people like it!”

Furthermore, the presenters asked her if she had a favourite song from this year’s PZE and she replied that she really likes Teya Dora‘s song and thinks it could do quite well, just like Zorja!

She also stated:

“The Eurovision stage is something huge. I would love for people to know about me as well as other of our country’s artists”

Finally, she concluded, setting a date with the viewers for Tuesday, February 27th, in the first semi-final of PZE 2024!

Below you can watch the full interview:

Breskvica’s participation in PZE 2024:


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Eurovision 2024: The Semi-Final Allocation Draw Results!

Malmö with a very nice event hosted a few minutes ago the draw for the semi-finals of the 68th Eurovision Song Contest.

The analyzes of the fans and not only, have been on fire for a few minutes now. Since the theories based on the pre-history of the countries in the competition, it is a first insight into how passable the qualification to the final is or not. In other words, it’s time to make our predictions, about who will go through to the final and who are the favorites to say goodbye to Malmö early…

The presenters and the handover ceremony

Presenters of the Eurovision 2024 semi-final draw were Pernilla Månsson Colt and Farah Abadi. It is worth mentioning that Pernilla Månsson Colt was also the presenter of the corresponding draw in 2013, eleven years ago when Malmö hosted the Eurovision Song Contest for the last time. Both of them are part of the SVT staff, being some of the most beloved faces of the Swedish state broadcaster.

During the draw, the ceremony of handing over and accepting the emblem of the contest took place. The mayor of Liverpool, Steven Rotheram, formally handed over the “keys to the event” to the mayor of Malmö, Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh.

Draw Procedure

Big 5 and Sweden

With the big winner of last year’s competition, Sweden, directly in the final, along with the Big 5 (UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain), the first part of the draw determined the semi-final that the direct finalists would vote for.

Will vote in the 1st Semi-Final:

  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
  • Germany

Will vote in the 2nd Semi-Final:

  • Spain
  • Italy
  • France

In the semi-final that the six aforementioned countries were drawn to broadcast and vote for, the video from their dress rehearsal will also be shown. This was done at Eurovision 2016 for the first time, for reasons of equal exposure of the countries directly in the final and the countries that qualify from the semi-finals. Essentially, viewers see each entry twice during the shows.

Semi-Final Allocation Draw

The allocation draw for the two semi-finals had two parts. In the first part the 31 countries participating in the semi-finals were drawn in which of the two they will compete in. Fifteen countries will compete in the first semi-final and sixteen in the second semi-final.

In the second part, each country learned whether it will appear in the first or second half of the semi-final in which it will compete. The exact order of appearance will be determined by the EBU and the show’s producers at a later date.

1st Semi-final (May 7):

1st Half

  • Ukraine
  • Cyprus
  • Poland
  • Serbia
  • Lithuania
  • Croatia
  • Ireland

2nd Half

  • Slovenia
  • Iceland
  • Finland
  • Portugal
  • Luxembourg
  • Australia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Moldova

2nd Semi-Final (May 9):

1st Half

  • Austria
  • Malta
  • Switzerland
  • Greece
  • Czechia
  • Albania
  • Denmark
  • Armenia

2nd Half

  • Israel
  • Estonia
  • Georgia
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Latvia
  • San Marino
  • Belgium

Malmö will host the 68th Eurovision Song Contest from 7 to 11 May at the Malmö Arena. The motto of this year’s event, as chosen by the organisers, is “United by Music“, retaining the motto first chosen for last year’s contest in Liverpool.

You can see the draw again through the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_-2hMEq5sk

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Eurovision 2024: Tonight the Allocation Draw!

At 19:00 CET and live from Malmö, Sweden, the draw for the Eurovision 2024 semi-finals will take place tonight.

During today’s event, there will also be a handover of the event’s banner from the city of Liverpool to the city of Malmö. For this reason, both the Mayor of Liverpool, Steven Rotheram, and the Mayor of the Swedish city, Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh, will be present at today’s draw.

The hosts

The hosts of tonight’s draw for the semi-finals of the 68th Eurovision Song Contest will be Pernilla Månsson Colt and Farah Abadi. It is worth mentioning that Pernilla Månsson Colt was the presenter of the equivalent draw in 2013, eleven years ago when Malmö hosted the Eurovision Song Contest for the last time.

The draw procedure

The first part of the draw will determine which semi-final will be broadcast and voted for by each of the six countries that are directly in the final on 11 May (Sweden, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and the United Kingdom).

The second part of the draw will determine which semi-final and which half the other 31 participating countries will compete in. As in recent years, the exact order of appearance will be determined by the event producers at a later date.

The 31 countries have been divided into five pots, based on historical voting patterns as calculated by Eurovision’s official voting partner, Digame.

Drawing countries from different pots aims to reduce the likelihood of so-called neighbour voting and increases the suspense in the semi-finals.

Pots

Pot 1
  • 🇦🇱 Albania
  • 🇦🇹 Austria
  • 🇨🇭 Switzerland
  • 🇭🇷 Croatia
  • 🇷🇸 Serbia
  • 🇸🇮 Slovenia
Pot 2
  • 🇦🇺 Australia
  • 🇩🇰 Denmark
  • 🇪🇪 Estonia
  • 🇫🇮 Finland
  • 🇮🇸 Iceland
  • 🇳🇴 Norway
Pot 3
  • 🇦🇲 Armenia
  • 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
  • 🇬🇪 Georgia
  • 🇮🇱 Israel
  • 🇱🇻 Latvia
  • 🇱🇹 Lithuania
  • 🇺🇦 Ukraine
Pot 4
  • 🇨🇾 Cyprus
  • 🇬🇷 Greece
  • 🇮🇪 Ireland
  • 🇲🇹 Malta
  • 🇵🇹 Portugal
  • 🇸🇲 San Marino
Pot 5
  • 🇧🇪 Belgium
  • 🇨🇿 Czechia
  • 🇱🇺 Luxembourg
  • 🇳🇱 Netherlands
  • 🇲🇩 Moldova
  • 🇵🇱 Poland

https://twitter.com/Eurovision/status/1751972070479565001

So in the evening, we all tune in for the draw of the semi-finals of our favourite contest. You can watch the draw on the official Eurovision channel on YouTube.

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Eurovision 2024: The Semi-final allocation pots!

The Semi-Final Allocation Draw 2024 will take place tomorrow Tuesday 30 January at 19:00 CET live from Malmo, alongside a ceremony which sees the Host City insignia pass from previous hosts Liverpool to Malmo.

The draw will be hosted by Pernilla Månsson Colt and Farah Abadi and fans will be able to watch on the official Eurovision YouTube channel.

The Allocation Draw will determine whether countries participate in the First Semi-Final (Tuesday 7 May at 21:00 CEST) or the Second Semi-Final (Thursday 9 May at 21:00 CEST). Also randomly allocated is whether a country will perform in the first or second half of the Semi-Final they’ve drawn.

Semi-Final Allocation Draw: How does it work?

Sweden as the Host Country and reigning champion respectively, along with the other 6 members of the so-called ‘Big 6’ participating countries (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and United Kingdom) do not compete in the Semi-Finals, but their domestic audiences do get to vote in one of them… so before the competing countries are allocated a place in a Semi-Final, it will be randomly determined which of the Semi-Finals the Big 6 will each be allowed to vote on.

The next part of the draw will determine in which Semi-Final and in which half of the respective Semi-Final the other 31 participating countries will perform in.

Semi-Final Allocation Pots 2024

Pot 1

Pot 2

Pot 3

  • Albania
  • Austria
  • Switzerland
  • Croatia
  • Serbia
  • Slovenia
  • Denmark
  • Australia
  • Finland
  • Iceland
  • Norway
  • Estonia
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Georgia
  • Israel
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Ukraine

Pot 4

Pot 5

Pot 6

  • Cyprus
  • Greece
  • Ireland
  • Malta
  • Portugal
  • San Marino
  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • Netherlands
  • Moldova
  • Poland
  • Luxembourg
  • France
  • Italy
  • Germany
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom
  • Sweden

 

Drawing countries from different pots helps to reduce the chance of so-called neighbourly voting and increases suspense in the Semi-Finals. You can get a good idea of how it will all work by watching the 2022 Allocation Draw on the official Eurovision YouTube channel.

The Eurovision Song Contest is due to take place on 7, 9 and 11 May 2024 in Malmo, Sweden, who won the Contest thanks to Loreen winning in 2023.

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Source: Eurovision.tv

Serbia: Listen to the song of Pesma za Evroviziju ’24!

A few minutes ago, RTS, the public broadcaster of Serbia, released the songs that are going to take part in Pesma za Evroviziju ’24, the country’s national final, for Eurovision 2024! Read more

Serbia: Pesma za Evroviziju ’24 hosts announced!

A bit earlier, the Serbian broadcaster, RTS, announced the names of the presenters of this year’s Serbian national final, Pesma za Evroviziju ’24.

Therefore, the hosts of the three evenings will be:

  • Dragana Kosjerina, journalist and RTS presenter, who will be in this role for the third consecutive year
  • Slaven Došlo, actor, who will take on the role of the presenter for the first time

RTS also revealed that our hosts in the green room will be, for the third year in a row, Kristina Radenković and Stefan Popović.

We remind you that the semi-finals will take place on 27 and 29 February, while the Grand Final will be held on Saturday 2 March.

A total of 28 participants will compete, whose songs will be released this Thursday, January 25, on the official RTS Pesma Evrovizije YouTube channel.

The winner of the Serbian national final for 2023 and therefore the country’s representative in Liverpool was Luke Black with the song “Samo Mi Se Spava”, finishing in twenty-fourth place.

 


Source: RTS

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Serbia: Pesma Za Evroviziju ’24 songs will be released on January 25!

Just a short while ago, the Serbian broadcaster RTS announced that the songs that will be competing in Pesma Za Evroviziju ’24, the country’s national final for Eurovision 2024, will be unveiled on January 25.

Pesma Za Evroviziju ’24 was discussed by Nenad Pribak, the chairman of OGAE Serbia, and Srđan Mladenović from RTS’s Corporate Image and Public Relations Department in a recent, slightly different episode of the RTS Eurovision Story podcast.

Srđan Mladenović announced that the festival is well underway and that all songs will be released on various music platforms and the official YouTube channel “RTS Eurovision Song” on January 25. The semi-final artist lineup will be revealed at the same time. The top eight performers from each semi-final advance to the final, with a total of 14 artists competing in both rounds.

A modification to the public voting announcement method for Pesma Za Evroviziju ’24 was also disclosed via the podcast:

We’re also going to alter how the votes are announced in the final this year. Thus, this year’s vote announcement will follow the Eurovision concept, stated Srđan Mladenović.

He went on to say that the jury’s point total would match the public’s point total and that the announcement process will follow the same guidelines as the Eurovision Song Contest.

It’s a technical process. It’s not something we didn’t want to do. It’s something that has to be implemented from start to finish, and now we’re ready for it.

PZE2024’s semi-finals are scheduled for February 27 and 29, while the grand final is scheduled for Saturday, March 2. The following acts are set to perform at Pesma Za Evroviziju ’24:

  1. Nemanja Radošević – Jutra bez tebe
  2. Bojana x David – No No No
  3. Marko Mandić – Dno
  4. Dušan Kurtić – Zbog tebe živim
  5. Milan Bujaković – Moje tvoje
  6. Hydrogen – Nemoguća misija
  7. Kat Dosa – Tajni začin
  8. Filarri – Ko je ta žena
  9. M.IRA – Percepcija
  10. Saša Báša i Virtual Ritual – Elektroljubav
  11. Hristina – Bedem
  12. Kavala – Vavilon
  13. Martina Vrbos – Da me voliš
  14. Breskvica – Orlovo gnezdo
  15. Ivana Vladović – Jaka
  16. Lena Kovačević – Zovi me Lena
  17. Keni nije mrtav – Dijamanti
  18. Zejna – Najbolja
  19. Konstrakta – Novo, bolje
  20. Iva Lorens – Dom
  21. Zorja – Lik u ogledalu
  22. Yanx – Kolo
  23. Chai – Sama
  24. Durlanski – Muzika
  25. Nadia – Sudari
  26. Džordži – Luna park
  27. Filip Baloš – Duga je noć
  28. Teya Dora – Ramonda

Luke Black represented Serbia at the Liverpool after  winning the 2023 national final with the song “Samo mi se spava”. He placed twenty-fourth overall.

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Source: RTS