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Serbia: ZAA Sanja Vučić – Goodbye

As we were all eagerly watching the result in Sweden tonight, Serbia published their song for Eurovision 2016. A highly animated Sanja Vučić will perform Goodbye in Stockholm. Let's see if she can decide which arm to wave. The Winehouse-influenced pop/blues-ballad is probably as far removed from Bojana's camp disco extravaganza as you'll get. It's a competent song and certainly plays to the juries, rather than last year's televote magnet. The main problem Serbia face is Sanja's overly passionate performance style, which is like watching Nina Zilli on ecstasy, without implying Nina takes such substances, of course. There's a fine line between Rona Nishlu…
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If they can tame Sanja's aggressive posturing and soften her features, Serbia should make the final, but the first half of semi-final 2 is looking deadly.

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As we were all eagerly watching the result in Sweden tonight, Serbia published their song for Eurovision 2016.

A highly animated Sanja Vučić will perform Goodbye in Stockholm. Let’s see if she can decide which arm to wave.

The Winehouse-influenced pop/blues-ballad is probably as far removed from Bojana’s camp disco extravaganza as you’ll get. It’s a competent song and certainly plays to the juries, rather than last year’s televote magnet. The main problem Serbia face is Sanja’s overly passionate performance style, which is like watching Nina Zilli on ecstasy, without implying Nina takes such substances, of course. There’s a fine line between Rona Nishlu type passion and Ann Sophie overconfidence – the latter turns TV viewers in their droves.

If they can tame Sanja’s aggressive posturing and soften her features, Serbia should make the final, but the first half of semi-final 2 is looking deadly, especially is Kaliopi retuning for FYRoM. Serbia has may more allies, but they’ll still need non-Balkan support to secure qualification, so image is key going to Stockholm.

Will Serbia be top Balkan this year?

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26 comments

  1. Stephen Colville

    A very nice surprise. A song with real bite to it. I think we can welcome Serbia back to the top 10 in the final. Great effort.

  2. Serbia’s big problem is the Macedonian vacuum sucking up all the floating and majority Balkan votes and with a first half draw this could struggle with televising. I do see a strong enough Jury score so it could get through.

    • People won’t vote for Kaliopi if her song is garbage. And it is garbage.

      • Finally! Somebody else who can see through the Kaliopi factor! I agree that it’s is rubbish but then again her entry in 2012 was also rubbish and that managed 12 th which is why I’m still not full sure about its chances. The big disadvantage is that Macedonia will most likely score next to no points from outside its allies whereas Serbia can score from outside its allies.

  3. With the addition of this and Lithuania: the first half of Semi 2 is going to be a bloodbath. Bear in mind people that no more than 5 songs have ever qualified from the first half of a semi since 2008.

    In the first half we have Latvia (semi winner), Macedonia (regional vote sewn up), Lithuania (loads of allies to help them), Australia (popular with fans), Ireland (it’s Nicky from Westlife), and then this which could do well with juries. The only 100% chanceless one in that half is Switzerland, Belarus and Israel are pending revamps and Poland although weak have a decent chunk of friends.

    • I think from the first half now.Serbia, Latvia and Australia are the safest bets. Add to the mix Macedonia is 4th favourite of the first half. Then I think Lithuania and Poland. Ireland could be slightly in trouble I think. I saw Nicky during his first live performance on YouTube, and I call quite disappointing.

  4. I wouldn’t say that Cathal. I think both Macedonia and Serbia have indeed powerful entries now. Especially vocally. But I think the Serbian entry is slightly more contemporary. Sanja is oozing charisma too. Selling the song like a sister of Nina Zilli. Melody-wise it’s the best from the Balkan I think, and the orchestration of this entry is marvellous. Serbia is back in the final….and in contention of a TOP 10 scoring.

    • She needs to cure her bitch face first. Obviously I’ll be more serious in the review, but it’s a valid observation.

      • Absolutely Gavster. Though for me it’s never irritating or destractive. I can understand you find it look ‘bitchy’ though, but for me it comes across as self-assured attitude. I think it suits the song very well. I recall Marija Šerifović a bit…..lots of drama and emotions -acting or not- in her face when she performed the winning entry in 2007. Now I wouldn’t go that far to call Serbia a winner…..But still, song-wise one of the better entries this year.

    • Macedonia song wise is rubbish but she Is well known so she’s bound to get a high televote.

    • Baring being on the last 5 I don’t think there is much of a difference.

  5. As a song it’s good but a little repetitive. That’s were it ends though, It’s being absolutely slaughtered here and ZAA or Sanja or whatever she’s going as gives you absolutely no reason to vote for her. I really can’t see this qualifying as it is now.

  6. I can see what Gav is getting at with her over-emoting, but it looks like she was miming this to me, so she might not be quite so twitchy when she’s got to use other muscles in her body. As for the vintage brothel trollop look…. that’s just Serbia.

    By the first chorus I thought “Amy Winehouse” but then that little ethno flair came in, which was a nice touch and gave it character without feeling shoehorned in. Towards the end it started to remind me of Rise Like A Phoenix except rockier and jazzier. The ending of Russia’s “Mamo” briefly came to mind as well, although this is much less of a jarring shout-fest.

    I think this song is exceptionally well written, it flows beautifully and doesn’t follow any trite Eurovision clichés and feels very accessible. The lyrics tell a story of a woman who’s had to deal with a difficult relationship and I’m reliably informed this entry has connections to a charity for domestically abused women in Serbia. Not sure if proceeds are going there or what the connection is exactly, but it’s a nice narrative builder.

    One other tidbit I can relay to you all is that the songwriter is key here. Ivana Peters is an iconic singer songwriter in Serbia and across the former Yugoslavia with a career spanning roughly 25 years. Her involvement will draw attention to this entry from the region so Kaliopi may not be the Balkan vote vacuum we initially thought.

  7. I don’t see a jury friendlier song in this semi, so I’m not questioning qualification even with a poor draw and televote.
    The fact that she usually performs with a ska band explains the annoying movements, but that will be pointed out to her and she’ll tone it down.
    I am a bit surprised the outright odds are so short. The market overreacted to Serbia’s random hype last year (during the final it was shorter than Belgium?!), so I figured they would play it safe this time. But it’s drifting a bit now, so whatever.
    If they somehow make her look vulnerable, it may actually do a top 5 imo.
    Head to head vs Croatia and Macedonia is something I’m looking forward to.

    • “I don’t see a more jury friendly song in this semi” Latvia?

      • Latvia is in a league of its own, being the winner and all…

      • It is to be fair. Serbia is a good song but for me there is very little between 14 songs in this semi and I feel the difference between 3rd-4th and 11th-12th could be marginal, It will come down to who stages there song best me thinks.

  8. I love the structure of this,and the pace,but also the songs narrative.This has been put together by someone who knows what they are doing (Ivana Peters as Ben mentioned).
    The piano intro then swapped to a bass line backbone in D-minor is fantastic.Sanja is a brutal singer as are her backing singers.The build is hugely powerful into that calming first flute bridge.The harmonies with the backing singers in the refrain are amazing,and the middle section if just divine as the violins slice through the melody.This is no fluff,its a real song,performed by a real artist.You dont want a shrinking violet singing this,you want a strong woman.
    The delivery needs slight changes,she needs to be slightly less animated,but thats all.Juries have to reward this strongly,its a purists song yes,but the televote could also be very decent as long as the staging is fine.Il be backing this top Balkan as a starter.

  9. Fantastic song. And from an ESC giant (sometimes a sleeping giant with the wrong entry). As to the mad woman routine, it is a problem, I don’t know how serious. I’m not sure anyone is going to ask her to tone it down, as has been suggested. It is just her, she is like she is on speed in some interviews I’ve seen.

  10. Basically I think it’s either FYROM or Serbia. If there was any justice it would be the latter. Bare in mind when Serbia don’t send big Balkan ballads there qualification record is far from flawless. This is the first time that Serbia are trying to qualify with an English language song really because last year there entry was more to do with the message and quite frankly could have been sung in Chinese and it wouldn’t have made a difference.
    I still can’t call the semi as the only song in 100% confident in qualification is Latvia and probably Australia, the running order will probably tell us more about the chance’s of each song/what song’ssong’s the producer’s want kill off/save etc. And then of course rehearsal’s will answer the remaining questions.

  11. Going through the whole every song recap im starting to think Serbia could maybe be a top 6 song if everything comes together on stage (Sanja looking the victim a bit more rather than a raging banshee mainly).The contest sounds very samey and a strong block vote could push Serbia high through that.The song has just enough ethnic moments to maybe keep the Balkans loyal both jury and televote.They tend to drift away unless there are Balkan elements in the songs as Henry VIII mentions.Ivana Peters understands those Balkan tastes and i think thats why she added these ethnic elements,even if they are superficial really.
    The song’s melody and structure is also very strong,yet remains accessible and western sounding.That might get jury points from countries outside of the usual and perhaps mid range televotes as well.
    If the staging fails however it could easily lose the Balkan block to others.One to keep a close eye on in rehearsals though i think to see if it works or not.

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