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Based on the upbeat songs selected to date, this is by far the best crafted and certainly the most contemporary.
Internally selected Tijana Bogićević, who performed as backing singer to Nina in 2011, released her own Eurovision entry today.
The 35-year old will perform In Too Deep from the first half of semi-final 2.
The initial reaction to Serbia’s entry was negative, which saw their price rocket from around 20/1 to over 100/1. Conversely, just a day earlier, Macedonia released an inferior song yet their price shortened. At the time of writing, both nations are roughly the same price, but the view here is that Serbia has stronger and more instant, radio friendly song that reaches much higher gears than its regional rival.
In Too Deep hasn’t surrendered to Balkan heritage. Instead, Serbia is looking beyond its regional borders; and the Swedish writing is designed to do just that: appeal to Eurovision as a whole. Based on the upbeat songs selected to date, this is by far the best crafted and certainly the most contemporary.
Serbia’s challenge for Kyiv is to craft a bold and memorable staging identity to lift the song above other upbeat challengers, but to also secure what should be a higher result for the nation compared to last year, which deserved better. Key to this is motivating the Serbian diaspora and regional vote, who may not take well to the Swedish writing and non-Balkan sound.
Will Tijana perform in the grand final for the second time?