For a number of reasons, including various financial constraints, Serbian broadcaster RTS has announced a new, simplified national selection process for choosing its 2009 Eurovision Song Contest entry.
The well known and popular selection show Beovizija, which featured numerous artists and composers as well as a semi-final, will now be replaced by a selection that features just one composer who will contribute a number of songs to be performed by artists chosen by him/her and broadcaster, RTS. The final song/artist combination will then be voted for by the viewing public.
It is yet unknown who this composer and the artists will be but RTS have revealed that an announcement will be made in January. Suffice to say the composer chosen will, according to RTS, have to possess certain qualities such as being well known and well regarded in the music industry.
The economic crisis, which has already forced a number of broadcasters to withdraw from the 2009 contest is also affecting RTS, who have justified this change of format as a way to reduce costs whilst still being able to participate in Oslo.
The 2009 edition of Europe's favourite television show will take place on the 25th, 27th and 29th of May at the Telenor Arena in Oslo, Norway.