Serbian national broadcaster RTS is once again organizing a national selection in order to find the Serbian entry in Eurovision 2022. The submission deadline for entering songs for RTS’s re-branded competition for Eurovision 2022 ended on the 1st of December, and a spokesperson in front of the broadcaster has now confirmed that a total of 150 songs were submitted.
Pre-selection jury now has the task to listen through all of the submitted songs, and select the best ones to proceed to Serbia’s new national final. Beovizija may no longer be used as the selection method, as the Management of RTS terminated their cooperation with “Megaton” – production company that owns the Beovizija license. Instead, RTS is going to be organizing a new competition, with a name yet to be revealed.
No more than 30 songs are going to be competing in Serbia’s national selection for Eurovision 2022. The competition will take place in February in RTS’s studio in Belgrade, whilst the exact format is yet to be confirmed.
The last time Serbia organized a national final without the Beovizija license was back in 2015, when Vladimir Graić was selected as the composer, and he wrote three songs for three different artists who competed in a televised final called “Odbrojavanje za Beč”. The winner was Bojana Stamenov with “Ceo svet je moj”, which was translated into English for Eurovision, and the new title was “Beauty Never Lies”.
The girl group Hurricane won the 2020 Beovizija with “Hasta la vista”, and they were then internally selected to compete in 2021 as well, where their song “Loco loco” finished in 15th place in the Grand Final.