Željko "Belgrade has enough power and energy to make another great Eurovision"
Željko Joksimović will represent Serbia in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest with Nije Ljubav Stvar. It is his fourth attempt to win the competition, after coming very close in 2004. Željko talked exclusively to Eurovision.tv about his past experiences and preparations for Baku.
Željko Joksimović has an impressive CV where Europe's Favourite TV Show is concerned. His debut came in 2004 for Serbia & Montenegro, where he performed his composition Lane Moje, finishing second in the Final only to Ruslana from Ukraine.
In 2006, his composition Lejla took Hari Mata Hari to third place, Bosnia & Herzegovina's best ever placing in the Final. In 2008, Željko had a dual role, composer of the home Serbian entry Oro which Jelena Tomašević and Bora Dugic took to sixth place, and also co host of the contest with Jovana Janković, who would later become his wife.
Željko's Eurovision memories
So, what was Željko's best memory of all of his participations? Which role does he prefer, performer or composer? And are Serbia ready to host the contest again if he were to win in Baku? Check out our exclusive interview below to find out.
Interview with Željko Joksimović from Serbia
Željko has spent a lot of time perfecting the sound and arrangement of Nije Ljubav Stvar over the past months, and has released both a Russian and summer version of the song and is currently putting the final touches to the new preview video which will include sign language.
Serbia will open the Second Semi Final of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest on Thursday 24th May in Baku.
Željko Joksimović - Nije Ljubav Stvar (Serbia) Official Video Clip with Sign Language
Eurovision.tv would like to thank Ana Maria Simonovic, Nebojsa Radovic and Srdjan Noveljic at RTS for making this video interview possible.