Serbia 2018: Luka’s five realistic hopefuls for Lisbon
EDITORIAL – Serbian broadcaster RTS has called on artist to submit their entries for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. The network will then shortlist ten of the best and select one behind closed doors. Several popular singers have already expressed their desire to represent the country in Lisbon and here are some of the possibilities. You can vote below tup to three of Luka’s hopefuls or just non of them proposed.
Saša Kovačević – The 31-year-old pop singer Saša Kovačević was among the favourites to represent the country at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. Kovačević is a hugely popular singer in Serbia and has released a number singles and albums including a string of hits this summer. Kovačević released his first English language single in 2013 entitled “Nothing but the Faith” . His official YouTube videos are viewed in the millions, with the record holder being his hit “Slučajno” (accidentally) with over 62 million views.
Jelena Karleuša – The polarizing self-proclaimed diva, Jelena Karleuša, has already expressed her wish to represent her country at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest and has accused RTS of purposely avoiding to select her. Karleuša, who has been present on the Serbian music scene since the 1990,. has a massive following which spans across the former Yugoslavia. The record label which releases her music, Grand, which is also the largest in the country, has requested for RTS to select Jelena, promising to pay the full participation fee and additional staging costs of Eurovision. Jelena Karleuša is known for her big stage productions and is also a fierce advocate for gay rights. She is also regularly in the tabloids and the public eye. For its part, RTS has questioned Jelena’s live singing abilities and generally shuns tubro-folk singers but with Grand offering to cover all the costs, it could prove an enticing choice
Aleksandra Radović – The popular pop singer was asked to represent Serbia at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest but declined RTS’ offer due to work commitments. However, she has since said she wants to take part in the show in 2018. Aleksandra is considered one of the country’s best singers due to her exceptional vocal abilities. She is also popular across the former Yugoslavia and has released a number of hit singles and albums.
Nevena Božović – She represented Serbia at the 2007 Junior Eurovision Song Contest where she came third and later went to the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest as part of the Moje 3 trio coming eleventh in the semi. However, Nevena has since pursued a solo singing career and become a very popular artist. This summer she released yet another hit, which also features an English version, and could represent the country at Eurovision, with RTS selecting young talent over the past few years.
Luke Black – RTS considered sending Luke Black (aka Luka Ivanović) to the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest but he just missed out. Luke is the first Serbian artist to hold a recording deal with Universal. He records exclusively in English and his contemporary songs and style could appeal to western audiences at Eurovision.