BELGRADE, SERBIA – Serbian Eurostars have expressed their disappointment with the decision of its national broadcaster not to send an entry to Copenhagen in 2014, a few days after it announced its withdrawal.
The 2008 Eurovision representative Jelena Tomašević, which came sixth on home soil with the song “Oro”, says she is sad with the decision, “I am very saddened by this decision. So many countries have pulled out due to the crisis. I hope we will be in a better position next year. Eurovision was a big experience for me and brought me a lot of beautiful memories”.
Kristina Kovač, who penned Serbia’s 2011 Eurovision entry “Čaroban” (Magical) says, “I am not surprised. The financial crisis has been ongoing for several years and this was to be expected. Pop music in Serbia has been in crisis for several years. However, it is a very bad decision for Serbia not to send its entry next year.
The composer of Serbia’s 2007 winning entry “Molitva” (Prayer), Vladimir Graić says, “I am disappointed that we are looking for explanations rather than solutions. Ok, the situation is not great, no one is denying it but has anyone tried to resolve the issue with money? Has anyone asked should we send our football team to take part in next year’s qualification for the European Championship despite failing for the World Cup? Their games and travels cost like 100 Eurovisions. So, offcourse they will play and they should”. Graić once again called on RTS to re-examine its decision.
The former head of RTS, Aleksandar Tijanić, who suddenly past away from a heart attack a few weeks ago was an avid supporter of Eurovision and oversaw his network’s organisation of the contest in 2008. In late September Tijanić said Serbia must take part in Eurovision regardless of finances, using the football analogy as well.
source: blic.rs, kurir-info.rs