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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