12 March: Serbia's Song For Europe [UPD]05 March 2016 at 13:30 CET
[UPDATE] In the meantime, RTS confirmed the change of plans! Prior to the show scheduled for 10th of March, Serbian public broadcaster decided to reveal the name of the artist, who will represent Serbia in Sweden, three days earlier - on 7th of March at 13:00 CET. Stay tuned!
The Serbian entrant for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest was chosen internally, Dragan Ilic, Head of Serbia's delegation told Eurovision.tv.
This year we will introduce a completely new face, a young and talented artist. We believe that it's going to be a big surprise for the Eurovision fans in Serbia and abroad.
RTS had a different approach, this time, Ilic explained. "The decision was made by RTS music editors, and this method helped us to choose and send someone new. We think that our representative will represent Serbia in Sweden in a best possible way."
All available resources that the Serbian public broadcaster had were used to support this year's Serbian representative.
It is different this year. Because for the first time, we mobilised everyone at RTS, including the producers, authors, and the orchestra. We used all the resources we had to produce the song that the Serbian entrant will perform in Stockholm - on our own, Dragan Ilic added.
The TV show, Serbia's Song For Europe, will be aired on Thursday, 12th of March at 21:00 CET. You can follow all the action right here on Eurovision.tv!
Last year Bojana Stamenov finished 10th in the Grand Final with Beauty Never Lies. Serbia will compete in the second Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm on 12th May.
What do you think about this year's Serbian approach to select the artist and a song?