Zeljko Joksimovic: selection “deeply unfair”

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In an exclusive statement to esctoday.com, Zeljko Joksimovic expressed his worries about the way the song to represent Serbia & Montenegro has been chosen. The composer of the song that finished second at the national final of Serbia & Montenegro stated that “the songs from Serbia were outvoted in a deeply unfair manner.” The originality of No Name's winning song is in doubt too.

What happened?
Runner-up Jelena Tomasevic finished with 54 points for the song Jutro, composed by Zeljko Joksimovic, last year's representative of Serbia & Montenegro. However, one can say that the eight members of the professional jury were extremely discorded about Jelena Tomasevic' song, awarding her 12, 0, 12, 0, 10, 0, 10 and once again 0 points. No need to add that Jelena Tomasevic won the Serbian semifinal Beovizija 2005 and that the four judges awarding her 0 points were the Montenegrin ones.

“It's really hard to comment anything after everything that happened. After the great success we achieved last year in Istanbul and the satisfaction that overwelmed the entire nation, I feel obligated to protect the integrity of this contest”, a clearly worried Zeljko Joksimovic expressed.

Other elements than music?
From his statement, it's clear that Zeljko is deeply worried about the way the song to represent Serbia & Montenegro has been chosen: “Songs from Serbia were outvoted by four members of the jury, delegated by RTV Montenegro, in a deeply unfair manner; the winning song from Beovizija (my composition 'Jutro') and the second placed song 'Cico', did not obtain a single vote! It would be a shame if some elements other than music took charge in this noble contest”.

“When I arrived back in Belgrade, I received many questions and protests about what happened, both about the voting process as well as the originality of the winning song. These questions were addressed to me, and I sincerely hope that EBU officials are aware of the problem and can do something to protect the Eurovision Song Contest's integrity, which has been preserved carefully over the past 50 years”, the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest runner up said.

50th anniversary
Finally, Zeljko spoke some words about the 50th anniversary of the contest: “I hope that the Eurovision Song Contest will keep its mission; to spread good vibes all over the world. I would like to congratulate everyone with the contest's 50th anniversary”.

People behind Zeljko made clear that the winning song Zauvijek moja is not original. “The introduction theme of the winning song is taken from an old national Montenegrian song, the unofficial hymn of the Liberal Party of Montenegro, who's fighting for the independance of Montenegro”. Esctoday.com managed to obtain the song Poljem se vije, which is indeed very similar to No Name's Eurovision Song Contest entry. For sure, to be continued…