Milan Stanković takes home victory in Serbia

Milan Stanković takes home victory in Serbia
Milan Stanković - RTS
Belgrade, Serbia -

Tonight it was the turn of Serbia to choose its entry for Oslo with a new and interesting format. After a show with three acts handpicked by the legendary composer Goran Bregović, Milan Stanković won with the song Ovo je Balkan.

Serbian broadcaster RTS decided this year to change the format of how they choose their entry, replacing the traditional and very popular show, Beovizija. The reasoning behind this was what RTS described as the financial constraints involved in hosting such a large-scale event. Nevertheless, Serbia were determined to soldier on with finding a quality act to represent them at the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Oslo in May.

This year RTS enlisted the help of popular composer and artists Goran Bregović, who is famous all over the Balkan region. His job was to compose three songs for three acts, which he himself picked from a list of budding singers and entertainers. The artists have been known for some time but the songtitles were first revealed tonight and were as follows:

  • Emina Jahović - Ti kvariigro
  • Milan Stanković - Ovo je Balkan
  • Oliver Katić & Jelena Marković - Predsedniče halo

The show involved each artist performing one of the songs twice followed by SMS voting to reveal who had won the ticket to Oslo in May.

Despite a change in format, RTS managed to produce an exciting show with a spectacular finish when a huge majority of the public decided that Milan Stanković would represent his native Serbia with a song entitled Ovo je Balkan.

In 2009 Serbia failed to qualify for the final reaching tenth place in the second semi-final in Oslo, making it the first time that Serbia had not qualified since they first entered as an independent country.


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  • Posted on 30/May 2010 at 14:40
    He's so "Kawaii" !!! I thought he is Asian, base on his looks, gyah gyah! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26/May 2010 at 17:54
    MILAN STANKOVIC<3333

    LOVE HIM<3333 report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14/May 2010 at 01:19
    THE BEST!!!!!!!! 12 puntos Serbia!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 6/May 2010 at 21:58
    Be quiet you racist. Why don't you get a life?
    Seriously even if someone is gay, what is your problem? You should be getting out of the closet, you sound so pathetic and insecure. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 4/May 2010 at 02:25
    This song is vulgar and repulsive. It has no style or class just like his hair style. This is something only Serbs can come up with, yet they think this is their treasure. Oh, please tell Maria Serifovic it is OK for her to come out of the closet now. Being gay is not mental illness. We know "This is Balkan" but "Come on" it is 2010 too. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 1/May 2010 at 15:31
    Really, great song, Serbia, this time you did very well :D
    But (there's always a but :P ) The haircut, really... He needs to put his hair on the side, because right now it gives him a strange face, a bit of a babyface and it's distracting us from the song which is great, really great :D report to the moderator
  • Posted on 1/May 2010 at 14:02
    12 points from Finland!! :-) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15/April 2010 at 23:11
    Milan is the best, 12 points from slovenia. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15/April 2010 at 04:19
    Milan you are the best!!!
    Win!!!
    Greetings to all from Belgrade!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14/April 2010 at 16:13
    Spanish* :) sorry report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12/April 2010 at 16:04
    this is the best song!! i love the song and i love Milan. greetings from Slovenia. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12/April 2010 at 00:06
    Do I smell victory? Totally YES!!!! C'mon!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 10/April 2010 at 20:36
    I think we have the best song this year.... I have not heard other songs at all... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 9/April 2010 at 00:06
    SERBIA DESERVE TOP 5 IN THIS CONTEST! MILAN SINGS EXCELLENT, LOOKS different from others ... That means it will surely be noticed SERBIA ... Song is fast and beautiful. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 8/April 2010 at 23:58
    Thanks so much for your comments ... You're a beautiful girl (Lola-spain) report to the moderator