RTS, the Serbian broadcaster has announced the dates of the next Beovizija, the country's preselection for the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest. The broadcaster has decided to retain the past year's format with one semi final before the final.
An open call for songs will be launched by RTS on 24th December and it will close thirty days later. The competition is open to Serbian citizens exclusively and the songs must be in Serbian once more. The only difference to past years is that the winner (performer as well as composer)will also be awarded a money prize but the exact sum has not been announced yet.
As in previous years, twenty songs, selected by a jury, will compete in the semi final to be held at the Sava Centar on 7th March. Ten of them will proceed to the final to be held the next day. The winner will be decided by televote and jury vote at a 50-50 split.