Serbia

Events

Running Order Position

6 in the Second Semi-Final15 in the Grand Final

Artist

Sanja Vučić ZAA

Song

Goodbye (Shelter) lyrics | lyrics in French

Music by

Ivana Peters

Lyrics by

Ivana Peters

Participating Broadcaster

RTS

History: Serbia
Event Points Place
Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final
Saturday, May 14, 2016
115 18
Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Second Semi-Final
Thursday, May 12, 2016
105 10

About Sanja Vučić ZAA

Sanja Vučić ZAA was born on August 8, 1993, in Kruševac. She has received a musical education since childhood as her parents, who are also singers taught her to sing old folk songs when she was a child.

Fifteen years later, she has developed a voice to perform challenging songs of soul artists like Aretha Franklin, Beyoncé.

Nevertheless, Sanja developed her voice further with the opera diva Katarina Jovanović, who said that "it is important for Sanja to remain who she is and retain her distinctiveness". Besides studying Arabic, Sanja is a lead vocalist in the band ZAA.

Sanja lives in Belgrade, but she adores her hometown of Kruševac. Now she will have the opportunity to get to know Stockholm. Her career is referred to as "a Serbian dream", since she is a young girl who, thanks to her talent, managed to get the chance of a lifetime.

About Ivana Peters

Ivana Peters was born in Belgrade. She has been in the music world since she finished both primary and secondary music school. At the age of 15, she started singing in the group named Who Is the Best.

Being less than twenty years old, she performed at the "Beogradsko prolece" (Belgrade Spring) festival, drawing attention with her outstanding performance. After the festival, she joined the group Tap 011", one of the most popular groups in the 90s.

Afterwards, she formed her own rock band "Negativ", with which she has recorded three albums so far. With these projects, she became an accomplished author, composing and writing lyrics for most of the group's songs. In 2004, she won at the "Beovizija" festival (former national selection in Serbia) with the song Confused.

Things you should know about Sanja

What are the three most interesting aspects about your entry?

The first thing would be that I've been chosen to represent my country in the Eurovision Song Contest, without being a well-known artist. Also the music I create is somewhat non commercial, and in spite that fact, the organizers have seen the potential and given a chance to a young and perspective artist, and I hope to do so in many years to come.

What are the three most impressive facts about you?

Is there a right way to answer this question without being vain? As a singer, I can "swim" through genres of all kinds. For as long as I can remember, I have been testing my vocal abilities and challenging myself to do the impossible. I get around quite well with my dancing skills too, mainly in dancehall and afrobeat. I have a talent for languages, I speak three languages fluently, and I understand and can achieve a decent conversation with another three as well.

Do you have a (lucky) routine before you go on stage?

Not really, but I still like to look behind the curtain right before I go on the stage, just to see the crowd. It gives me quite a rush, and while I perform, I like to pick a person from the crowd, and give him or her undivided attention, that creates an incredible synergy, which circulates through the venue and makes a fantastic atmosphere.

Why is the Eurovision Song Contest important for you?

It's an excellent opportunity for me to widen my artistic horizons, and to work with people I've been admiring for many years. I hope it will open new doors for me in the music industry, so I can show to the wider audience that alternative music can be inspiring and a hell of fun.

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