Feminnem: 2nd try a new 1st?

by Stella Floras 55 views

Yugoslavia split apart in 1991-1992 bringing more participating countries to the Eurovision Song Contest. The first three countries to join the Eurovision family were Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia and Slovenia in 1993. We had to wait 5 more years to see the next former-Yugoslavian country, FYR Macedonia. Serbia & Montenegro joined in 2004, when they shot to 2nd place; following their becoming independent nations, both Serbia and Montenegro will compete as individual countries this year. It can be expected that this will mean more exchange of votes between ex Yugoslavian countries. But until now, there has not been an exchange in singers. All that could change this year if Feminnem win Croatia's national selection festival Dora.

The first Yugoslavian appearance in Eurovision was back in 1961 with the song Neke davne zvezde the last was in 1992 with Ljubim te pesmama. The artists that represented Yugoslavia came from every Yugoslav states. Each had a chance to win the Yugoslav selection. But what happened later after the break up of Yugoslavia? Were Croats competing only in Dora? During the first years following the split back in 90's it would definitely be a positive answer but now everything seems to have changed.

After they had a successful show on Bosnian television the girls from Feminnem band are back in action. First, they represented Bosnia & Herzegovina in the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest, and now thegirl group are favoured to do wellin Dora, trying their luck again to represent neighbouring Croatia in Helsinki.

Apart of them we must also mention �eljko Joksimović the "Eurovision ballad star". First he represented his own country Serbia & Montenegro and achieved the best ex-Yugoslav rank in 2004. Not being satisfied with second place �eljko returned in 2006 but this time as an author for Bosnia & Herzegovina with Lejla to claim third place (as well as the esctoday.com 2006 Composer of the year award).

�eljko is not the only author that has represented two ex-Yugoslav countries, though. We must also mention Andrej Babić who wrote Više nisam tvoja , the song that represented Croatia in 2003 with Claudia Beni, and Call me, the song that represented Bosnia & Herzegovina in 2005. Andrej tried as well to represent Slovenia in Athens. He came 2nd after An�ej De�an and his Mr. Nobody last year in the Slovenian EMA.

Also there is Boris Novković, the Sarajevo-born boy, who represented Croatia twice, once as the performer of Vukovi umiru sami in 2005 and second as the author of Moja štiklain 2006. Naturally, he received 12 points from his country of birth, Bosnia & Herzegovina. Goran Bregović, another Sarajevan, was part of the Croatian team as well. Finally, Vesna Pisarović, who represented Croatia in the 2002 Eurovision Song Contest, went on to compose Bosnia & Herzegovina's entry In the disco, in 2004.

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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 esctoday.com 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.