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The wait is almost over to hear Željko's Serbian entry

07 March 2012 at 18:52 CET

On Saturday, a special show commissioned by RTS called The European Song will be held. The main purpose of the show is to showcase for the first time Željko Joksimović's Serbian entry for the 2012 edition of Europe's Favourite TV Show.

RTS gave Željko carte blanche with regards to the choice of the Serbian entry this year. He was given full authority for the decisions on every aspect of the song.

The speculation surrounding the type of song Željko would choose to take to Baku has been rife. Will it be a slow or uptempo song? Will it have a traditional Balkan feel like his other entries? These questions are all set to be answered on Saturday evening.

Special guests and full orchestra

The show will be a live broadcast, where Željko will perform some of his greatest hits, but with a completely different arrangement, as the RTS Symphonic Orchestra have been drafted in to support.

Other special guests will include some familiar names to those who have watched recent Eurovision Song Contests. These are Hari Mata Hari, JelenaTomašević and Bora Dugić.

Željko Joksimović at Eurovision

Željko Joksimović almost won the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest for Serbia & Montenegro with Lane Moje, only losing out to Ruslana's Wild Dances for Ukraine.

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He then returned as composer for the entry of Bosnia & Herzegovina, Lejla in the 2006 contest, which Hari Mata Hari took to third place in the Final.

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Željko also composed the 2008 Serbian entry Oro, which was performed on home soil by Jelena Tomašević and Bora Dugić and finished sixth in the Final. He also co hosted the 2008 contest in Belgrade.