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Sanja Vučić ZAA

Sanja Vučić ZAA was born on August 8, 1993, in Kruševac. She has received a musical education since childhood as her parents, who are also singers taught her to sing old folk songs when she was a child.

Fifteen years later, she has developed a voice to perform challenging songs of soul artists like Aretha Franklin, Beyoncé.

Nevertheless, Sanja developed her voice further with the opera diva Katarina Jovanović, who said that "it is important for Sanja to remain who she is and retain her distinctiveness". Besides studying Arabic, Sanja is a lead vocalist in the band ZAA.

Sanja lives in Belgrade, but she adores her hometown of Kruševac. Now she will have the opportunity to get to know Stockholm. Her career is referred to as "a Serbian dream", since she is a young girl who, thanks to her talent, managed to get the chance of a lifetime.

About Ivana Peters

Ivana Peters was born in Belgrade. She has been in the music world since she finished both primary and secondary music school. At the age of 15, she started singing in the group named Who Is the Best.

Being less than twenty years old, she performed at the "Beogradsko prolece" (Belgrade Spring) festival, drawing attention with her outstanding performance. After the festival, she joined the group Tap 011", one of the most popular groups in the 90s. 

Afterwards, she formed her own rock band "Negativ", with which she has recorded three albums so far. With these projects, she became an accomplished author, composing and writing lyrics for most of the group's songs. In 2004, she won at the "Beovizija" festival (former national selection in Serbia) with the song Confused.

Things you should know about Sanja

What are the three most interesting aspects about your entry?

The first thing would be that I've been chosen to represent my country in the Eurovision Song Contest, without being a well-known artist. Also the music I create is somewhat non commercial, and in spite that fact, the organizers have seen the potential and given a chance to a young and perspective artist, and I hope to do so in many years to come.  

What are the three most impressive facts about you?

Is there a right way to answer this question without being vain? As a singer, I can "swim" through genres of all kinds. For as long as I can remember, I have been testing my vocal abilities and challenging myself to do the impossible. I get around quite well with my dancing skills too, mainly in dancehall and afrobeat. I have a talent for languages, I speak three languages fluently, and I understand and can achieve a decent conversation with another three as well.

Do you have a (lucky) routine before you go on stage?

Not really, but I still like to look behind the curtain right before I go on the stage, just to see the crowd. It gives me quite a rush, and while I perform, I like to pick a person from the crowd, and give him or her undivided attention, that creates an incredible synergy, which circulates through the venue and makes a fantastic atmosphere.

Why is the Eurovision Song Contest important for you?

It's an excellent opportunity for me to widen my artistic horizons, and to work with people I've been admiring for many years. I hope it will open new doors for me in the music industry, so I can show to the wider audience that alternative music can be inspiring and a hell of fun.

Music video

Lyrics of Goodbye (Shelter)

Au Revoir (Abri)

J'aimerais l'empêcher, J'aimerais m'y opposer,
Mais je n'y peut rien,
Je pensais que l'on était faits l'un pour l'autre,
Si seulement j'avais su

J'ai été naïve tant de fois
Que j'ai arrêté de compter

Chaque fois que je pars,
Tu essaie de me retenir à tes côtés
Je dois m'arracher à tes bras
Et trouver un abri de ma douleur

A chacun de tes mensonges,
Je m'enfuis les yeux fermés,
Tu ne briseras pas mon monde en morceaux
Je cherche un abri pour mon cœur

Je pensais que c'était censé me faire mal
Je pensais que c'était de l'amour
Je me relève et je ne me rendrai pas
Je rejette ce qui ne mène à rien

J'ai tant soigné mes propres blessures
Je continue le combat

Chaque fois que je pars…

Chaque fois que je pars, tu essaies de me briser
I wish i could stop it, I wish I could fight it,
But there's nothing I can do,
I thought that we were meant for each other
Oh, how I wish I knew you better

I played a fool so many times, can't even count it.

Every time I say goodbye,
you try to keep me by your side
Gotta fight my way out of your hands,
find the shelter from the pain

Every time you say your lies,
I hide away and close my eyes,
I won't let you tear my world apart,
gotta find a shelter for my heart

I thought that it was supposed to hurt me,
I thought that it was love,
I put my hands up but I won't surrender
don't need what doesn't serve me any more

I lick my wounds so many times, so that I can keep on fighting.

Every time I say goodbye ....

Every time I say goodbye, you try to break me down