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?

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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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  • jj

    ZAA is the band Sanja sings for since 2012. The band was formed in February 2008, so it pre-existed her. She said in an interview that she was a crazy fan for the band and becoming its singer was a dream come true. I think she and/or the band want ZAA included to promote it.