BELGRADE, SERBIA – Serbian broadcaster RTS has shortlisted four artists to represent the country at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest and is yet to make a final internal decision on who to send to Stockholm, if we believe local newspaper Blic as RTS has not make any official statement nor confirmed the news.
The shortlisted candidates include Sanja Vučić, the front woman of the band Zaa, as well as young artist Luke Black. Common to both is that they record music in English and would appeal to a western audience.
The other two shortlisted names include the famous band Balkanika, which is known for its ethnic Balkan beats and the acoustic band The Frajle, who have been rumoured as Serbia’s most likely representatives up until now.
The four woman band is popular across the former Yugoslavia and have a vintage style to their music influenced by beats from northern Serbia.
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Following a win in 2007 and a third place in 2012, Serbia had a run of lacklustre results at the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2015, Bojana Stamenov came tenth with her song “Beauty never lies”. She was the first Serbian artist at Eurovision to sing in English.