November 17: First impression from Serbia
Fotis Konstantopoulos (Greece)
THE STAGE IDEA
This little smurf has more energy and power than many of us could have thought. Powerful solo performance by Lena but unfortunately with unstable vocals. It’s the first time maybe it’s due to her stress. The backdrop designs reminds us a bit the Belarusian idea
INFORMATION ABOUT THE LENA
Lena Stamenković was born on June 1, 2004 in the city of Zaječar, not far from Serbia’s border with Bulgaria. She grew up surrounded by music and the arts; her father sings and plays the trumpet in a local band, and her grandfather was a painter. She made her musical debut at her younger brother’s christening, and hasn’t stopped performing since! She is currently enrolled in fourth grade at a music elementary school, where she is learning the piano as well as perfecting her singing skills.
Despite her young age, Lena’s got a powerful voice. Once, while she was practicing singing at home, a light bulb shattered right as she belted out a high note. She’s not quite sure whether it was a coincidence or if her voice really did cause a blackout, but it certainly didn’t stop her from practicing!
Audiences in Serbia got to know Lena through her participation in the talent show “Pinkove zvezdice”, where she ended up in fourth place overall. During the show, she covered songs in a number of genres, including hits by Eurovision alumnae Celine Dion, Bonnie Tyler, and Nina Badrić. She saw her experience on the show as an exceptional opportunity to share her talent with others, but also to have fun and make friends.
Lena sees herself as positive and happy, but still very determined. She sets high goals for herself, and doesn’t back down from a challenge, but she approaches those challenges in the same way she would approach a game. She enjoys all sorts of musical genres, and her favorite singers are Celine Dion, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, and Queen. Beyond music, Lena also enjoys drawing, knitting, making crafts, creating hairdos, and acting.
“Lenina pesma”, which simply means “Lena’s Song”, was written by Lena alongside Leontina Vukomanović, who co-wrote “Beauty Never Lies” for Serbia’s 2015 Eurovision representative, Bojana Stamenov, as well as “Lane moje” for Željko Joksimović. The arrangement was coordinated by Dušan Alagić.