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Balkan Belters: Serbia's top Eurovision entries

19 January 2017 at 10:30 CET
Serbia is a relative newcomer to the Eurovision Song Contest, entering as an independent country in 2007 and winning with its first attempt, Molitva performed by Marija Šerifović. Serbia hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade in 2008 and today we look back at Serbia's top entries in the competition.

Serbia previously participated in the Eurovision Song Contest as part of Yugoslavia from 1961-1992 and then entered the contest as Serbia and Montenegro between 2004 and 2006. When Serbia won the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest it became only the second country to win the competition with a debut entry since Switzerland's victory at the very first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956.

Željko Joksimović, one of the biggest singers in Serbia, participated in the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest representing Serbia and Montenegro and returned in 2012 providing the country with its best result since Marija's win in 2007. He wrote the Serbian entry in 2008, Oro, performed by Jelena Tomašević and also presented the live shows which were held in the capital Belgrade. 

Serbia has enjoyed success in the contest over the past ten years although it has only failed to qualify twice, missing out on a spot in the Grand Final by a small margin on both occasions. With Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, FYR Macedonia and Montenegro yet to score a Eurovision victory, Serbia remains the most successful country from the former Yugoslavia in the Eurovision Song Contest.

Check out the top entries from Serbia in the video below.