Eurovision 2008: Serifovic and Bregovic in the final

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Marija Serifovic, last year's Eurovision Song Contest winner, will open the final of the 2008 contest with her winning song Molitva. Next will follow a mini concert by Balkan superstar Goran Bregovic with his Wedding and Funeral Orchestra.

A new arrangement of Molitva will be performed by Marija Serifovic as the opening act of the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest on 24th May, in Belgrade. Marija will be accompanied on stage by a 21-member ballet. One more special guest for the grand final will be Bosnian composer and guitarist Goran Bregovic with his Wedding and Funeral Orchestra.

During the first semi final on 20th May, Slobodan Trkulia (runner up of the 2007 Beovizija with Nebo) will perform together with 60 more artists on stage. The evening will also see the presentation of the Video killed the radio star video, featuring new versions of older Eurovision evergreens.

A "pop-circus" is being planned for the second semi final on 22nd May, entitled Serbia for beginners. Hosted by ballet dancer Konstantin Kostjukov, the show will present Serbian heritage through various music styles. The Belgrade National Theater will also be presenting a part of the Who's singing over there? Ballet.

Stage construction is well under way in the Belgrade Arena and it is estimated it will be ready until 25th April. First comes the lighting followed by the construction of the actual stage which will present a different spectacle on each of the three nights. The entire project will be finished by 10th May, the eve of the arrival of the first national delegations in Belgrade.

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Stella Floras

Thanks to Johnny Logan and Hold me now I fell in love with the Eurovision Song Contest, a love that's been going strong ever since with undiminished passion. My first memories date back to 1977 and the lyrics of Rock bottom, Dschinghis Khan and A ba ni bi are still engraved in my brain.

I joined in 2006 as a junior editor after being invited by Barry Viniker, I soon became Senior Editor and during the 2007 contest in Helsinki I was appointed Head of Communications. Today I hold the post of Head of Human Resources and I am proud to be working with the best editorial team in the world.