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Bregović to compose Serbian entry; picks from three artists

20 January 2010 at 01:47 CET

At a press conference held in the Serbian capital, Belgrade today, it was announced that Goran Bregović would write the Serbian entry. This will be the first significant change in national final format for Serbia since they first participated in the Eurovision Song Contest as an independent state in 2007.

RTS PR manager, Duška Vučinić Lučić, explained that the new format includes one composer (Bregović) writing three songs for three artists who are hand-picked by the composer and RTS. These three will then compete to represent their country in Oslo in May.

Bregović said that he "does not believe that there is a recipe for how to write a song for this competition because it is different every year". He did however say that he'd most like a young person to perform the song.

Speculation has already been rife, with various names of possible candidates to perform the song(s) floating around.

The Serbian entry will be chosen one evening at the end of February or the beginning of March, when RTS will broadcast the TV-show with chosen singers. The audience will then vote via SMS and will decide who's going to present Serbia on the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo.

Just to make some things clear, Jasmina Mijailovic from RTS explained that: "The music festival Beovizija hasn't been abolished for good, it is only decided that this year's way of choosing Serbian representative will differ from previous years, thanks to the current situation and crisis."