Serbia: RTS opens submission window for Eurovision 2022 national selection
RTS, the Serbian national broadcaster has opened the submission window for acts that ambition to represent the country at the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Italy next year.
Back in May the head of the RTS Entertainment department, Olivera Kovačević had confirmed during an interview on Nova S that Serbia will be present at Eurovision 2022 and will select its hopeful via a national selection. Following their official confirmation of participation in Eurovision 2022, today the broadcaster opened the submission winodw on its official website for all interested acts which are interested in representing Serbia in Italy.
Acts that aim to take part in the Serbian national selection for Eurovision 2022 should send in their song on the official RTS website and fill in online the respective form until December 1, 2021
In case that a cancellation of the national final takes place due to the covid-19 circumstances then the Serbian hopeful will be selected internally.
In addition the Serbian broadcaster has released the competition's rules and terms of participation for the Serbian Eurovision 2022 national selection.
Once the submission period concludes the Serbian broadcaster will assess the submitted entries and will pick out the best ones for the national final. If RTS finds that the level of entries does not meet their expectations then the broadcaster has the right to select internally the act and entry that will represent the country in Italy next May.
Serbia In Eurovision
Serbia participated as an independent state in the contest in 2007, a year which the country was crowned winner with Marija Šerifović and her entry Molitva and remains the only country to win on its debut in the contest. (apart from Switzerland which won in the first edition of the contest back in 1956).
The nation has a total of 11 participations and one year of absence (2014) It has achieved to qualify 7 times in the Grand final while 3 times it fiailed for only one place (10th in 2009, 11th in 2013& 2017). Apart from its victory Serbia has achieveda top 10 placing three more times (6th in 2008, 3rd in 2012, 10th in 2015).
Serbia participated twice as part of the Serbia- Montenegrin Federation (2nd in 2004 and 7th in 2005), while since 1961 until 1992 participated as part of the united then Yugoslavia. Six of these Yugoslavian entries came from the Serbian region. Yugoslavia had won the contest once, in 1989.
In 2019 the country was represented by Nevena Božović with her song “Kruna” while in 2020 the female group Hurricane was set to represent the country with their song ‘Hasta La Vista’ in the contest in Rotterdam which was cancelled due to the covid-19 pandemic.
Hurricane were internally confirmed for Rotterdam in this year's contest where they gave an energetic performance of their song "Loco Loco" which came 15th in the Grand final, placed 21st by the juries and 9th in the televoting.
News Source: RTS
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