With 43 participating countries, the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest equals the record previously set in Düsseldorf. But it is not the only record that is met this year! Never have there been more returning artists in one edition of Eurovision than this year.
There are no less than seven returning artists traveling to Stockholm. ESCDaily introduces them all to you this month – not that they need any introduction, of course!
Bojan Jovović in 2002
At Europjesma 2005, the national final for Serbia & Montenegro, there was a lot of controversy about the win of keyborad-player and backing vocalist Bojan Jovović and his other band members of No Name. Even before the contest started there were some controversies. Montenegro’s broadcaster RTCG said that Serbia’s RTS was favoring their entrant Jelena Tomašević, the winner of Beovizija 2005. Željko Joksimović, author of the song “Jutro“, even arranged a winning party for Jelena, before the show.
RTCG judges voted by awarding few points to any of the Serbian performers, while giving the maximum points to “Zauvijek moja” by the band No Name, which also won the televote. They didn’t give any points to the Serbian performers, while the RTS jury did give a small number of points to the Montenegrin ones.
Before allowing “Zauvijek moja” to be confirmed as Serbia and Montenegro’s entry, the EBU launched an investigation into a number of formal complaints. However, after prolonged deliberations, the song was given the green light and eventually booked a seventh place at Eurovision 2015, in the last year Serbia & Montenegro took part as one nation.
Bojan Jovović in 2016
After winning Europjesma in 2006 again, the comeback of Bojan Jovović got blocked by the withdrawal of Serbia & Montenegro in Athens. This year, there is nothing holding him back, as he joined Petar Tošić, Marko Pešić and Luka Vojvodić who have formed the boyband Highway after a succesful participation in X Factor Adria 2015.
The keyboardist got added to the three singers later, after they were internally selected by broadcaster RTCG. The group from Podgorica will make a totally different song than hid former band No Name did. “The Real Thing” is an energetic and loud pop-rock song and surely something different compared to all other nations in Stockholm.