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Created by RTS
Country of origin Serbia
Original language(s) Serbian
Location(s) Sava Centar
Belgrade, Serbia
Original run 2003 – 2009

Beovizija (RTS1, on RTRS in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and internationally on and RTS SAT as of 2008. It was held during February at Belgrade's Sava Centar. The competition started in 2004 and was annually one of the most watched entertainment events in Serbia. In December 2009, RTS announced that it is changing the way it will select its Eurovision competitor and has thus cancelled Beovizija.[1] Therefore, the last Beovizija held was in 2009.


Serbia and Montenegro was to enter the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time in 2004 since a 12-year expulsion. The expulsion was brought about the break out of wars in the former Yugoslavia under which Serbia and Montenegro participated for the last time in 1992.

Originally the festival was supposed to commence in 2004 and was to be the country’s selection for Eurovision however later Radio Television of Montenegro expressed the wish for a united festival in determining the country's contender at the European event. It was decided that Beovizija would be Serbia’s semi final while Montevizija (held in Podgorica) would be Montenegro’s semi final. The best from the two would compete in a united final show contest under the name Evrop(j)esma.

2008 Beovizija stage

The first Beovizija was held a year before Serbia and Montenegro entered Eurovision and was more of an awards night for the Serbian music industry. In 2003 and 2004 28 songs competed while 25 were allowed to compete in 2005 and 2006. The voting system has always been 50% jury and 50% televoting (excluding 2003 when there was no voting) while 12,10,8,7,...,2,1 are awarded to songs. However the number of jury members has changed. From 2004 - 2006 there were 8 jury members while from 2007 there have been only 3 members of the jury for both the semi-final and final night.

In 2006 Serbia and Montenegro peacefully split after a referendum. Serbia became an independent country and thus Beovizija became the national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. The country was to debut for the first time independently in 2007. Marija Šerifović - Serbia’s representative won Eurovision that year.

Beovizija was held over two nights in February. The semi-final consisted of 20 songs. The public’s and jury’s vote was combined to determine the 10 best songs to proceed to the final. Similarly, the winner of Beovizija was determined. The Serbian music industry awards were handed out on the final night of Beovizija.

In 2008 the semi-final were to be held on February 19, 2008 while the final a day later.[2] However due to the declaration of independence on behalf of Kosovo, the festival was delayed until March 9 when the semi-final took place and the finals which took place on March 10.[3]

In December 2009, RTS announced that it is changing the way it will select its Eurovision competitor and has thus cancelled Beovizija.[1] Therefore, the last Beovivizija ever held was in 2009.

Host couples

Beovizija 2008 host couples; Kristina Radenković and Branislav Katić (to the left) and Nina Radulović and Đorđe Maričić (to the right)
Past presenters
Year Name
2003 Peđa Stojanović
Katarina Rebrača
Milica Gacin
2004 Aleksandar Srećković
Ksenija Balaban
2005 Boda Ninković
Jelena Jovičić
2006 Boda Ninković
Jelena Jovičić
2007 Boda Ninković
Jelena Jovičić
2008 Đorđe Maričić
Branislav Katić
Nina Radulović
Kristina Radenković
2009 Jovana Janković


The basic format of the contest since 2004 was that there were approximately twenty singers. Each sing their song once. There is then a ten minute interval where the viewers are encouraged to SMS and phone in the name of their favourite song. The public vote is incorporated in the special jury’s vote. The singer with the most votes wins the contest.

In 2007 the format of the show changed. Beovizija was held over two nights. On the first night there were twenty singers hoping to go into the final of Beovizija held two days later. Ten singers that had the biggest public vote pass to the finals. At the finals of Beovizija they once again sing their song. There is then a ten minute interval where the viewers are encouraged to SMS and phone in the name of their favourite song. During the interval, Serbian industry music awards are handed out. The public vote is incorporated in the special jury’s vote. The singer with the most votes wins the contest and represents Serbia in the Eurovision Song Contest.

In 2007, 2008 and 2009 the singers from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Slovenia that were selected to represent their countries at that year's Eurovision appeared on stage at Beovizija to sing their songs. All performers received a warm welcome from the audience.

Past Beovizija winners

Past winners
Year Performer Song Points awarded
2003 Toše Proeski "Čija si" /
2004 Negative "Zbunjena" 79
2005 Jelena Tomašević "Jutro" 78
2006 Flamingosi featuring Louis "Ludi letnji ples" 94
2007 Marija Šerifović "Molitva" 22
2008 Jelena Tomašević "Oro" 24
2009 Marko Kon & Milan Nikolić "Cipela" 19

Serbian entries in the Eurovision Song Contest

Year Song Artist(s) Lyricist(s) Composer(s) Points Place
2004 "Lane moje" Željko Joksimović Leontina Vukomanović Željko Joksimović 263 2nd
2007 "Molitva" Marija Šerifović Saša Milošević Mare Vladimir Graić 268 1st
2008 "Oro" Jelena Tomašević Dejan Ivanović Željko Joksimović 160 6th
2009 "Cipela" Marko Kon & Milan Nikolić Aleksandar Kobac, Marko Kon Aleksandar Kobac, Marko Kon, Milan Nikolić 60 (SF) 10th (SF)


  1. ^ a b „Beovizija“ ukinuta
  2. ^ Беовизија 2008. — конкурс продужен до 1. децембра. Европесма Србија, Радио-телевизија Србије, 14. новембар 2007. Accessed 15.11.2007.
  3. ^ Because of the situation in Kosovo, Beovizija delayed until further notice

External links

  • RTS website
  • OGAE Serbia website
  • Eurovision website
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