Serbia 2016: sex-bomb Jelena Karleuša (finally) to Stockholm?
Vasil Dimitrov (Bulgaria)
BELGRADE, SERBIA – The Serbian media and fan sites started reporting an information which might cause a big debate in the country as it seems Jelena Karleuša have been chosen to represent Serbia in Stockholm’s Eurovision Song Contest. The information enhanced with the Tweets by Jelena Karleuša and Marija Serifovic last night.
Last year Jelena Karleuša claims she was in discussions with RTS for the Eurovision Song Contest but because she wanted to have total freedom in the song selection and stage presentation alongside her composer Vladimir Grajić Graja, was rejected, the participation was cancelled.
RTS in the meantime has made no official statement about anything regarding the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest and according to Serbian press the time for open call to national selection is limited while the Serbian star is already posting photos working on something new in the studio.
until RTS makes a statement read this information in caution
Jelena Karleuša was born in Yugoslavia’s capital city Belgrade to Serb father Dragan a senior police officer, and Slovene–Serb mother Divna (born 25 January 1957). Her maternal grandfather Jurij (died 1967 in plane crash) was from Ptuj, Slovenia and her maternal grandmother Darinka (died 2004) was from Doboj, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Karleuša was born and raised in Fontana, a neighborhood of Novi Beograd, Belgrade, Serbia.
She began her singing career as a singer in the mid-90s and gained popularity with her debut album, Ogledalce (1995), selling more than 10,000 copies in Serbia and Montenegro. Later, she started singing pop music exclusively. She has since had several #1 hits, most of which were written by Marina Tucaković. Jelena has released ten studio albums, which charted in Serbia, Montenegro and neighboring countries such as Croatia, FYR Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina Bulgaria and Greece. Karleuša’s single, “Insomnia”, featuring Mirza Hamzić, was downloaded 1.5 million times from her website, just a day after its official premiere on 30 December 2009, the final night of the reality show Big Brother. “Insomnia” became the third most viewed video on YouTube, with over four million viewers for two weeks. The video was later deleted from her Youtube channel, but later re-uploaded.
Her jubilee tenth studio album Diva was released on 11 June 2012. The record sold over 200.000 copies during the day of its release, becoming one of the fastest selling albums ever on Balkan and the fastest album to be certified gold. Ten months after the release of Diva, Karleuša performed guest vocals on Ferrari, a single by Karleuša’s Krimi rad collaborators Teča and Nesh. Karleuša gained international fame because of her style, shown in her Instagram photos. With more than 700 thousand followers, she is the most followed account on Balkans.