First Listen: ZAA Sanja Vučić Says “Goodbye” Serbia, Hello Stockholm

ZAA Sanja Vučić is singing “Goodbye (Shelter)” for Serbia in Stockholm – will she say goodbye to the finals?

I tend to like Serbia’s entries for the Eurovision Song Contest – I still have a “Caroban” ringtone that I use as an alarm on my phone, and “Ovo Je Balkan” is a pretty solid “no, this is what Eurovision is” entry to point people to when you’re trying to get them on board with Eurovision as a whole.  This year’s performer, ZAA Sanja Vučić, has a slightly confusing name1, but does “Goodbye (Shelter)” have what it takes to make it to the Eurovision finals?

The more I listen to this one, the more I like it.  The intro is a little too Postmodern Jukebox for my personal taste (although that may just be the old-timey microphone), but the song builds beautifully to an emotional climax.  I can’t quite place my finger on who ZAA Sanja reminds me of, vocally, but if this is a live performance, she definitely has the performance skills to impress in Stockholm.

The song definitely hits the peaks/valleys a Eurovision ballad is supposed to hit, but there’s something to be said for executing a template well – there’s a reason the template became a template in the first place.  I’m interested to see how this performance (which takes advantage of a full orchestra behind ZAA Sanja) gets translated to Stockholm – I hope they replace that element with dancers or some other element that sticks out on stage to highlight what’s a pretty fantastic song to use as a base.

  1. Is ZAA Sanja?  Are those two different people?  
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Ben has been writing about TV, music, and pop culture in some form or another since 2009, including stints at Mental Floss and Temporary Obsession. When not solving puzzles of some sort or consuming pop culture at a frightening pace, he can be found collecting shiny pieces of the internet at GoodAtInter.net. E-mail: ben@whatelseison.tv