Eurovision 2016 Entry: Serbia — ZAA Sanja Vučić — “Goodbye (Shelter)”

Serbia seems poised to go all the way to the Eurovision finals with Sanja Vučić’s “Goodbye (Shelter)”.

Country: Serbia
Song Title: “Goodbye (Shelter)”
Artist: ZAA Sanja Vučić
Second Semi-Final: Position 6
Last year’s entry: “Beauty Never Lies”  – Bojana Stamenov (10th Place)

The second Eurovision semi-final is packed with female solo singers (thanks to the luck of the draw when it came to choosing which pots ended up in with semi-final), so it’s all about making performances unique.  When it comes to the actual songs, however, Serbia’s got a winner with Sanja Vucic’s “Goodbye (Shelter)”.  Is that enough to give them an edge?

I think it does.  Serbia hasn’t done anything to the song itself, which is good – I think it’s one of the strongest in its semi-final and possibly the entire field this year.  Serbia also has the benefit of performing between Belarus and Ireland, two countries whose entries are…not as good this year, to be polite.  Sanja seems likely to shine with these neighbors as opening and following acts.  I’m expecting a performance structured similarly to their national final performance, which seems advisable – there’s a power to their lyrics that’s worth taking advantage of with simple staging.  Sanja’s shown a wide variety of looks over the live performance circuit, so that’s up in the air, but I think they have what it takes to easily sail through to the final.

Eurovision Song Contest Second Semi-Final
May 12, 2016

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