On the road to Eurovision we are more than half way there in terms of songs. Within just weeks most countries will have selected their participants and premiered songs. As of Wednesday, just three of the participating countries had released no information about their acts for Stockholm 2016, Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, and Serbia.
All that is has changed as Serbia now announced their artist and song premiere amidst a flurry of rumors and information leaks. News organization, the Telegraf, began releasing unconfirmed information about the Serbian plans earlier than broadcaster RTS had hoped. The original announcement was set on March 7, but the leak seemed to move up the timetable. Over the past few hours, it has been a cat-and-mouse game with Serbia. Serbian head of delegation, Dragan Ilic, originally only made this statement. “This year [we] will present a new young face that will, we believe, be a surprise both for domestic and for foreign fans.” The artist is said to be a new talent who will be backed by all the prestige and power RTS can provide.
However, the tide seemed insurmountable and now confirmed by RTS, Sanja Vučić will be singing for Serbia in May. The Krusevac-born singer who spends most of her professional time with band ZAA, will hit the stage in Sweden a soloist. ZAA performed at over 100 concerts throughout the region and have released album ‘What About’.
Still unconfirmed is the rumor about her song: Sanja’s song is ‘Shelter’, described as being about the struggle against violence toward women. The song is written by Ivana Peters, who was initially was approached by RTS to represent the country. As Ivana is now participating in the Serbian version of ‘Your Face Sounds Familiar’ the song was passed down to Sanja.
As the rumors got the first portion right, little doubt must be left about the song information. One imagines we’re still on schedule for March 12.