Nevena Božović to sing for Serbia in Tel Aviv after winning Beovizija04 March 2019 at 00:05 CET
About Nevena Božović
Nevena Božović has won Beovizija and will represent Serbia in Tel Aviv with her song Kruna (Crown). She becomes the country’s first solo artist to represent the country at both Junior Eurovision and now the Eurovision Song Contest. She finished in third place with Piši Mi in Rotterdam in 2007. She also represented Serbia at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö as part of Moje 3. They sang Ljubav Je Svuda but finished 11th in their Semi-Final, narrowly missing out on a place in the Grand Final.
Nevena was born in Kosovska Mitrovica and is 24 years old. She graduated music high school where she studied the piano before enrolling at the Music Academy at the age of 16. This year she specialised in solfeggio at the Faculty of Music of the University of Belgrade. She is professionally committed to music and she is the only participant in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest to represent Serbia both as a child at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and as an adult as a solo artist. Nevena participated in many children's music festivals and her performances were awarded.
About Beovizija 2019
Nevana Božović won a tight battle in the jury voting, taking first place ahead of Sashka Janx in second and Wonder Strings and Ivana Vladović in third. She finished third in the televote to take a total of 20 points. Dženan Lončarević came second on the televote to take second place overall and Nataša and Una won the televote but only finished fourth overall, just behind Sashka Janx in third.
Tonight’s running order was as follows (with the jury score, televote score and total vote):
- Sashka Janx - Da li čuješ moj glas (10 + 6 = 16)
- Majdan - Budim te (5 + 3 = 8)
- Sofija Perić - Aritmija (1+4 = 5)
- Dženan Lončarević - Nema suza (7 + 10 = 17)
- Wonder Strings & Ivana Vladović - Moja bol (8 + 5 = 13)
- Jana - Viktorija (3 + 0 = 3)
- Lord - Radnički sin (6 + 2 = 8)
- Nevena Božović - Kruna (12+ 8 = 20)
- Ana Popović – Lutaš (0 + 0 = 0)
- Ivan Kurtić - Bela (4 + 7 = 11)
- Nataša & Una - Samo bez straha (2 + 12 = 14)
- Aleksandra Seckulić- Tugo (0 + 1 = 1)
The 12 finalists at Beovizija 2019 qualified from two semi-finals held days before the final. As well as delivering six qualifiers in each show, the semi-finals included special guest appearances from former Eurovision participants from across former Yugoslav states gave the audience and Eurovision fans from around some exciting appearances. These included collaborations on Eurovision winning songs by Loreen, Savador Sobral and Yugoslavia’s own 1989 winning song Rock Me. During tonight’s final, former two-time Eurovision representative and 2008 host Željko Joksimović delighted fans with a guest appearance. Both Beovizija 2019 semi-finals are available to watch on YouTube.
Watch Emilija Kokić (lead singer of Riva) perform Rock Me along with Sanja Ilić & Balkanika, Jelena Tomašević, Lea Sirk, Kaliopi, Laka & Mirela.
Watch Bojana Stamenov, Jacques Houdek, Knez and Sanja Vučić perform Serbia’s 2007 Eurovision Song Contest winning song Molitva:
Serbia in Eurovision
Serbia was part of Yugoslavia when it debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1961. After the separation of the country, Serbia and Montenegro participated in 2004 and 2005 before the two now independent states split in 2006. This meant that they did not compete that year, however they did vote and promised to return in 2007 with a big song. They lived up to that promise as Marija Šerifović won the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest for Serbia at the first attempt with Molitva.
Since then, their best result came in 2012 when Željko Joksimović followed his second place finish in 2004 with a third place in 2012. Last year, Sanja Ilić & Balkanika reached 19th place in the Grand Final with Nova Deca.