Serbia: RTS to select first candidate on 14 December

by Sanjay (Sergio) Jiandani 523 views

RTS, the Serbian national broadcaster has announced that the first candidate for the 2015 Serbian national selection will be selected on 14 December via a televised show on RTS 1 at 17:00 pm.

RTS has delegated Vladimir Graic to compose a total of 3 entries for the 2015 Serbian Eurovision national final. A total of 3 acts will battle for the golden ticket to Vienna. One of the acts will be selected via a public selection, whilst the other 2 acts will be invited by RTS and the Serbian composer. Graic is no new name to the Eurovision world as he was the man behind the 2007 Serbian Eurovision entry Molitva.

Serbian artists were invited to enter the public selection and apply to participate at the 2015 Serbian Eurovision national final. Auditions were held throughout Serbia in 6 different cities:  Nis, Zajecar, Kragujevac, Uzice, Novi Sad and Belgrade. Once the auditions are completed Vladimir Graić and his team will select a total of 10 candidates, who will then battle in a special televised show on 14 December for the right to compete at the 2015 Serbian Eurovision national final. The potential artists will be accompanied by a live band.

More than 300 artists have applied to represent Serbia via the public selection.

I listened to the recordings, made a selection, and half of those candidates invited to audition in the cities of Serbia.My team and I were surprised with the performers, they were all excellent, and have shorlisted the candidates to 30. We now have the difficult task to select the top 10 for the televised show, where we will choose the winner. Serbia has many singers with great vocal talent, and we are responsible to give them a chance to showcase this in public. – Gracic added.

Vladimir Graić and his team:Dragan Ilić Ilke, Leontina Vukomanović and Aleksandar Kobac have toured throughout Serbia and scouted out the candidates and they will be responsible to select the pontential candidates for the 2015 Serbian national final.

The last time we saw Serbia on Eurovision stage was in 2013 when Moje 3 represented Serbia at the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmo. Serbia withdrew from the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014 due to financial reasons.

In 2013 Serbia opted for a national final in order to select its Eurovision entry and act. Moje 3 won the golden ticket to Malmo with their entry Ljubav Je Svuda. The all girl trio failed to qualify to the grand final despite an energetic fun loving performance.

Serbia debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest  in 2007 when Marija Serifovic triumphed with Molitva in Helsinki and brought the Eurovision trophy on Serbian soil for the very first time. In 2008 Serbia successfully hosted the event on homeground, in Belgrade.

Stay tuned to for the latest news on Serbia and the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.