May 2007

I watched in disbelief as Serbia started racking up high points (8, 10, 12), competing neck-to-neck the first slot with Ukraine before solidifying the number one spot. It was Eurovision history all over again. In 2004, Ukrainian Rustlana’s exotic and electrifying Wild Dancer inched above talented Serbian Zeljko Joksimovic’s beautiful ballads “Lane Moje” to snatch the first prize. Only three years later, the Serbs got their revenge. Sweet!

I guess Marija Serifovic’s “Molitva” was a song about homosexuals or promoting homosexuals because in the end, the Marija held hand with one of her female backup singers, completing a full red heart from each’s half. Coincidentally, Ukraine’s entry exploded the stage and cracked the audience up with its silly act and the singer’s transvestite costume.

Serbia “Molitva”


…read more on Sarajevo’s blog.



The 1st runner up of the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest, “Lane Moje” representing Serbia, was written and performed by Zeljko Joksimovic, one of the most popular performers in the country.

As you are listening to the music and watching the clip, your head might start to wonder about the country hidden behind the song and murmur, “It must be a beautiful society.”

Zeljko also wrote the music for “Lejla,” performed by Hari Mata Hari, representing Bosnia in the 2006 contest. This performance finished 3rd. Both won the Press Award for the best songs.

You should know that all winners and the majority of top-placed finishes of recent Eurovision’s have been songs written in English and had catchy rhythm. “Lane Moje” and “Lejla” are typical sad, hear-wrenching love ballads with lyrics written in Serbian and Bosnian (hmm I try to be politically correct). They are indeed survivors against all odds.

See the Eurovision performance.

(I keep wondering how could such song lose.)

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