Serbia: Beovizija participants announced

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RTS, has just announced the song titles as well as the names of the artists participating in Beovizija 2008, the Serbian preselection for the Eurovision Song Contest. Zeljko Joksimovic is back as a composer, and so is Vladimir Graic, the composer of the 2007 winner, Molitva.

The RTS jury comprising Ana Milićević, Anja Rogljić, Zoran Dašić, NIkoleta Dojčinović, Jelena Vlahović, Bilja Krstić and Miki Stanojević has selected 20 out of the 100 songs received which will compete in the two Beovizija semi finals on the 19th and 20th of February 2008. Same as last year, the best local musicians will be awarded during the shows.

Zeljko Joksimovic, the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest runner-up, is back in the race with a composition of his own to be performed by Jelena Tomašević. As he exclusively revealed to earlier in the year, Vladimir Graic, the composer of Molitva is back as well, with a song to by performed by The Beauty Queens, the ladies who supported Marija Serifovic on the Helsinki stage. Other well-known names in the line-up are Goca Trzan as a performer, Jelena and Zika (Zana band), and Leontina Vukomanović as composers and lyricists. We also see more previous Beovizija participants trying again this year, such as Negativ, Betty Boop and Aleksa Jelić.

The full list of the 2008 Beovizija semi finalists is as follows:

1. Aleksa Jelić and Ana Štajdohar- Beli jablan (White poplar)
Music:Boris Krstajić Lyrics:Boban Janković and Aleksa Jelić

2. Andrej Ilić Band –Tijana
Music and Lyrics: Vladimir Jovančić

3. Beauty Queens-Dobra vila (Good fairy)
Music Vladimir Graić, lyrics :Saša Milošević Mare

4. Betty Boop –Kvar (Breakdown)
Music and lyrics: Ognjen Cvekić

5. Goca Tr�an- U �ivot kockam se… (I gamble into life)
Music and lyrics:�ika Zana

6. Dejan Vozlić- Ako me čuješ (If you hear me)
Music and lyrics:Dejan Vozlić

7. Denis and Obule-Bezimena (Nameless woman)
Music and lyrics: Bane Opačić

8. Drum'n'Zez- Dunav (The Danube)
Music:Drum'n'Zez Lyrics: Vojislav Malešev

9. Zoe Kida u Zemlji Gruva-Čudesni svetovi (Magical worlds)
Music:Ana ,Milovan Bošković,Nebojša Anđelković,Miroslav Ničić
Lyrics:Ana Janković,Ana Ignjatović,Milovan Bošković

10. Ivana Ćosić-Kao da hodam (As if I'm walking)
Music and lyrics:Ivana Ćosić

11. Jelena Tomašević-Oro
Music:�eljko Joksimović Lyrics:Minacord

12. Lejla Hot-Da si tu (If you were here)
Music and lyrics: Lejla Hot

13. Marko Vulinović- Sada ili nikada (Now or never)
Music:Vladimir Preradović Lyrics:Marko Vulinović

14. Mogul- Mo�da baš (Just maybe)
Music:Nihad Petonjić Lyrics: Ana Petonjić

15. Negativ- S tobom bih ostala (I'd stay with you)
Music and lyrics:Vuk Protić

16. Nenad Ćeranić –Slepa ulica (Blind alley)
Music:Srđan Simić Kamba Lyrics:Antonija Šola

17. Ognjen and prijatelji- Čućemo, čućete… (We'll hear, you'll hear)
Music:Ognjen Popović Lyrics:Tijana Mangović, Ivan Aleksijević

18. Sloba Bajić- Prečica do dna ( A little step to the bottom)
Music and lyrics Dragana Jovanović

19. Studio Alektik and Cveta Majtanović- Iznad nas (Above us)
Music:Petar Jelić Lyrics:Aleksandra Berček

20. Tamara Nikezić-Nisi prvi (You are not the first)
Music and lyrics: Leontina Vukomanović


1. Miloš �ikić-Samo hir (Just a whim)
Music and lyrics: Vesna Zakonović

2. Irena Perišić- Ipak volim te (I love you after all)
Music and lyrics: Nebojša Zulfikarpašić

A very special thank you to Ivan Horvat and Aleksandar Kesic for their contribution to the article.

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.

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