Jelena: “I sing a ballad about love and accepting it even when it comes, unannounced”

Serbian national selection “Pesma za Evroviziju 23″ is taking place this week. The semi-finals start tomorrow on 1st and 2nd of March while the final is set to take place on 4th of March. Eight acts will be qualifying from each semi-final and ahead of those we had a chance to talk with Jelena Vlahović who will be competing as 10th act of the second-semi-final on 2nd of March. Jelena was always involved with music but her education took a turn as she got a degree as speech therapist, after doing both jobs she decided to dedicate herself fully to singing. Find out what else did Jelena tell us about “Kao grom iz vedra neba” in our interview below

Hello Jelena, first of all I would like to congratulate you for being selected for Pesma za Evroviziju
 2023. How does that feel and what made you decide to take part at the show?
Hi! Thank you:)

I got the call from the composer Alex Filipovic and he asked me if I would like to participate, so I accepted the invitation and here we are. 😊

How did you get involved with singing? Can you tell us more about your musical beginnings?
Since I was a kid I was always paying attention to music, more that  anything else. I went on a ballet and to music school, played piano and really enjoying classic music but then again I was fascinated with some other music genres also, so i spent a lot of time listening to music and singing a whole day even sometimes.

By your education you are a speech therapist but acting and singing were always part of your life now it seems like music is your the occupation you chose. How was that path?
Yes,by occupation I am speech therapist and I did that job too. But in a one moment I realised that it is too hard to do both jobs and be a mom and wife, so I had to choose for now. And I’m enjoying it.

Can you tell us a bit about “
Kao grom iz vedra neba” and how did it came to life?

Kao grom iz vedra neba is written by Branko Klanscek and he loves poetry which is perfectly clear when you hear the words. It is a ballad about love and accepting it even when it comes, unannounced.

What can we expect from your performance? Can you give us a hint?
Can’t tell anything about performance except that we will try to give our best😊

Do you watch Eurovision regularly, if so would you like to share a memory which you have of it or a favourite song from the contest?
There have been a lot of great moments on Eurovision, I always listen to song to maybe find something new. But if i have to choose one it would me Athena – For Real from 2004.

If you had a chance to make a duet with any
Pesma za Evroviziju /Eurovision participant, who would you choose?
If I could choose someone for duet maybe it would be interesting to work with Måneskin.

At one point you were releasing covers at your YouTube channel, is there a song which you’d really like to cover or perform but you never got a chance to?
There is a lot of songs I would like to cover,but now I’m focused to my music which I am going to release soon.


What are the three things you never leave your house without?
Three things I never leave my house without are the keys, cell phone and lipstick.

What do you do when you are not singing or creating music? Any hobbies?
I have a couple of hobbies but the one I like the most right now is make up. I am collecting it and watching tutorials  and learning stuff about it. That is something I really enjoy.

What are your plans after
Pesma za Evroviziju 2023?
My plans after this contest, if everything goes by plan, is another one, Beogradsko prolece and then releasing a song. Keep fingers crossed! 🤞

Thank you so much for your time
Jelena. We wish you the best of luck at the Pesma za Evroviziju.You can listen to “Kao grom iz vedra neba” by Jelena Vlahović below:

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