Serbia: Zeljko praises Bojana & criticises voting

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Eurovision Song Contest veteran Zeljko Joksimovic has said Serbian representative Bojana Stamenov deserved to do better in this year’s competition.

Bojana finished 10th in the grand final last weekend, however received mixed results with the public and jury votes.

Beauty never lies also finished tenth in the public vote, amassing 86 points, however the juries only awarded it 12 points. Had the juries had the full say in the voting, the country would’ve finished in 24th place.

This is something that has drawn criticism from Zeljko, who told Serbian newspaper Blic that he is against the new voting system (introduced in 2014) that allows the juries to rank each song rather than chose a top ten.

Bojana was excellent. I am personally against this system of voting because it questions the purpose and essence of the competition. It’s clear that the votes of the jury and the audience are completely different…I don’t think that has ever happened in the history of the competition. Relevant only is the audience and their tastes.

Zeljko has plenty of experience when it comes to the Eurovision Song Contest. He first appeared in 2004 representing Serbia & Montenegro also writing songs for Bosnia & Herzegovina in 2006, for Serbia in 2008 (a contest which he also hosted) and Montenegro this year and representing Serbia in 2012.

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  • אבי בכמן

    Bojana was AMAZING

  • Hebbuzz

    Pffff what a bad nationalistic loser. As musician he should have noticed Boyana was not pitching her notes (especially during the jury final). Boyana surprisingly made it to the top 10 IMHO. 15-20 would have been a fair result. Besides don’t join a game if you don’t agree with the rules. Turkey doesnt. Without jury’s Armenia, Albania, Poland would have ended in top 10 with very weak performances. Also Israel was terribly off key and qualified only because it was uptempo..

  • KyleF

    This appears to be a case of you can’t please everybody all of the time.

    The juries were re-introduced because there had been complaints that the televoting skewed results towards neighbouring countries which saw lots of bloc votes from Slavic and Balkan nations. There has to be a balance and the current system, albeit far from perfect, offers such a balance.

    Bojana performed well and had a nice song – the first that Serbia has ever entered in English, but on the night “Beauty never lies” wasn’t a show-stopper.

  • eurovisiondreamer

    I am sorry KyleF & Hebbuzz but I was at the Wiener Stadthalle for both Jury Final and TV Final and I can tell you that the show was all about Serbia, Australia and Italy (which are surprisingly not among my top 3). People were rooting for her and many dubbed her as the winner due to the strong performance..

  • Heinz

    You can never complain the audience in the arena and the tv screens. In 2006 in athens Romania got most of cheering and applause. And sweden. And Finland won!

  • Floyd van den Nieuwenhof

    i agree singing pitch perfect is somthing to reward a singer with.

  • Floyd van den Nieuwenhof

    Iam sorry boljana was not on key all the time during the final therefore she should not get allot of points. Only if you are like this years winner you should win A. you have good lyrics B. you sing on key al the time C. you have great background D. you look fantastic or dress well ,have good taste E. the music does you re song right. so people send in pitch perfect singers like : guy sebastiona the montenegro singer ,trijntje ,russians entry,the italian entry,loic,…..i ask the people who vote to watch all elements all the time !!

  • jj

    She was on key much more than most others – plus she had a nicer more emotive tone than the others.
    Being on-key but lacking genuine emotion or a good tone doesn’t mean a good voice to me.
    Plus she was the favorite of the audience. Those who were there for the semi-finals and finals say she got the most reaction and applause by far.

  • jj

    It was for the audience: they loved her best, according to people who were actually there.

  • jj

    Bojana’s voice has a beautiful tone for most parts and her voice is strong. She was mostly on pitch, unlike others whose voices were way off and/or too weak.