Next Up: 2021 – Serbia

Shortly after the announcement of the acts for the Serbian national final, the hype train was going wild for the girl group Hurricane, which features former representative Sanja Vučić. So far, the group has not been announced for 2021.

In today’s episode we look at Serbia in 2021. For a full review of their potential entry for 2020, check out this article on our partner website Eurovision Union. Check out our thoughts for next year below.

Key takeaways: Trashy europop and a memorable act

On the record, trashy acts like Hurricane are not being liked by a lot of people. But yet, we all watch it and we all kind of enjoy seeing a good show like this. Serbia had what people call ‘the guilty pleasure’ factor. Their song and act was dated, but still memorable enough to stand out at a Eurovision Song Contest. Added up with the fact that Sanja Vučić has some previous Eurovision experience, and knows what needs to be done during the few rehearsals moments, there are some strong benefits to sticking with this fan-favourite girl group.

How to proceed with Hurricane in Eurovision 2021?

That being said, it would help if Serbia gets the girls a more modern song. Yes, Hasta la Vista was energetic from start to finish and the choruses are catchy. But it has been composed in a style that we don’t hear on the radio anymore. A more contemporary composition will benefit Serbia a lot.

Maybe something more like their hit song Favorito that includes more of the ethnic sound, and is slower in tempo to really let their voices shine. Choreography is a strength of Hurricane, but they can still achieve their signature girl group style with a slower paced song.

Exploring other options

They had to win a national preselection to go to Rotterdam, so it remains to be seen if RTS is willing to drop their plans for next year. It is a country that has had some internal selections in the past before, and they don’t hang to Beovizija in the same way as, for instance, Sweden is hooked to Melodifestivalen.

If Serbia picks something else, it should be from the top notch of their music industry. It’s easy to look at Zeljko Joksimovic, either as a composer or stand-out artist. He is still waiting for his Eurovision win, and if a star like that is willing to step in again, he should never be denied.

This was supposed to be Serbia’s Eurovision 2020 entry

About “Next Up: Eurovision 2021”

In our series Next Up: 2021, we look ahead to the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. After the cancellation of Eurovision 2020, all participating countries now face the choice: Stick with their Eurovision singer, or come up with a new preselection or internal selection.

We make an analysis based on what we know so far. What will this country do, or most likely do? And is that the wise choice, looking at the fact that the Eurovision Song Contest remains a music competition?