IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN! Welcome to my ESCountdown 2019, presented by eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica! Between April 7 and May 10, I will countdown my picks of the entries in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019! There are 41 countries participating this year, and we’ll bring you each and every entry from them all!
Last year, when we first launched our ESC coverage, I did the songs in random order. This year, I’m changing things up a bit. Due to copyright issues with the way I did my TKR videos on YouTube, my ESC show last year never made it to public consumption. So this year, rather than just cover the songs, I’m bringing you all the info on each song this year ranked in order of my personal preference from bottom to top. I’ll give the reasons for my personal rankings, and some background info on the song, artist, songwriters, and such. Again, these are MY opinions, and I realize that the ESC fan community is a rabid one, and rarely everyone agrees with everyone else, so as they say, your mileage may vary.
In at #26 on my countdown this year is the official entry from Serbia, “Kruna” by Nevena Bozovic, written by the artist. The song is performed in Serbian with two lines at the beginning of the chorus sung in English, and will be performed 9th on the first semi-final on May 14.
Bozovic first gained attention representing Serbia in the 2007 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, where she placed third and then five years later rose to bigger fame as the runner up on the second season of Serbia’s “Voice” franchise, Priv glas Srbije in 2013. Later that year, she teamed up with fellow finalists Mirna Radulovic and Sara Jovanovic to form Moje 3, who represented Serbia at Eurovision in 2013. They failed to make the finals, but being in the competition gave Bozovic a distinct record – she is the first artist to compete in both the Junior and regular Eurovision contests as a main performer, not a bad feat considering both contests’ long histories. So she’s coming into this year’s competition with a long track record in the contest
The title of her song translates in English to “The Crown“, and is an unabashed declaration of love to the one she’s singing it to. It’s also one of those songs that is so good but might get lost in the shuffle. As I said yesterday, there are TONS of great songs in this year’s contest, and I love this song, Bozovic’s beautiful voice (she’s easy on the eyes to boot..heh heh), and the surreal video is also beautiful. Still, we’ll have to wait and see if the fans and judges really get behind it. I’m led to believe the fan community is behind it, but a number of fan favorites got left behind last year, so who knows? Serbia also surprised everyone last year – their 2018 entry “Nova Deca” by Sanja Ilic & Balkanika had little support from the ESC fan community, who wrote it off as a go-nowhere tune; it not only ended up in the finals, it finished in a respectable 19th place (and was also one of my personal favorites last year…)
Serbia made its EuroVision debut in 2007 and has participated elevein times thus far. They blew minds when they took the Grand Final championship in their FIRST appearance, with “Molitva” by Marija Serifovic in 2007. They have made the final eight times thus far. As noted above, they had a respectable 19th place finish in 2018.
Here’s the official music video…love the surreal quality here…
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Catch all the official EuroVision action at their official Website and on their official YouTube channel! And hopefully, we’ll get to see the finals again this year somewhere – American fans, with Logo dropping coverage this year, let’s let AXS know we want to see it become the American home of EuroVision!