Nevena Božović

EUROVISION 2019: What Next – Nevena Božović

What next for this year’s Eurovision finalists?

Serbia: Nevena Božović

by Christopher Smith

Since Serbia went solo from Montenegro in 2007 its done rather well, winning in its first year and a third place in 2012. The country has generally finished in the top ten since then less three years when it failed to qualify at all, so this year all eyes were on singer Nevena Božović with her entry “Kruna” (“Crown”). Despite a powerful performance with an even more electrifying song, Nevena finished eighteenth with 89 points with 54 of those coming from the tele vote.

Nevena is no stranger to music or the Eurovision Song Contest having released her debut single “Piši mi” (“Write To Me”) in 2007 for Junior Eurovision in Rotterdam and coming third overall. She again brushed with Eurovision in 2013 as part of the group Moje 3 when they went to Malmö with their song “Ljubav je svuda” (“Love Is All Around”) which sadly finished eleveth, just six points short of qualifying for the final. She would, however, be on the Serbian jury for the 2015 Contest in Vienna.

Aged 24 years, Nevena wrote “Kruna” with producer Darko Dimitrov and released it as her fourteenth single in March 2019 having been chosen by the Serbian jury to represent the country at this year’s Eurovision. The song has recently won the Naxi Radio award for most played track of the year and has proven a big draw on all platforms as well as on YouTube. Nevena is set for a glowing career to follow with high hopes for future tracks in the very near future!

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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