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Beovizija 2003

Beovizija 2003
Semi-final 1April 12
Semi-final 2April 13
FinalApril 14
VenueSava Centar
Belgrade, Serbia (then Serbia and Montenegro)
Presenter(s)Katarina Rebrača
Milica Gacin
Peđa Stojanović
Interval actVlado Georgiev
Dejan Najdanović Najda
Voting systemVote from each jury member and vote from public via tele-voting
Winning song"Čija si" performed by Toše Proeski

Beovizija 2003 was the first edition of Beovizija. It was held from April 12 to April 14, 2003. Unlike the other editions of Beovizija, this wasn't involved in choosing the Serbo-Montenegrin entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. Serbia and Montenegro made their debut next year in Istanbul with "Lane Moje".

The festival was supposed to take place from March 23 - 25, 2003 but was delayed due to emergency rule in-force at the time in the country due to the assassination of the president of Serbia Zoran Đinđić.

This Beovizija was planned to be the "rehearsal" for next years Eurovision selection. Beovizija 2003 was very different from the other ones that would follow. From 200 songs submitted to participate at the festival only 28 were chosen. They were sung over 2 night April 12 and 13, when the voting was conducted and the Serbian music awards handed out. On April 14 the "Winners review" show was broadcast where the best songs from the previous two nights were performed. The night was hosted by model Katarina Rebrača, television host Milica Gacin and actor Feđa Stojanović. It was the only time a 3 people team hosted Beovizija,

The interval act was performed by Vlado Georgiev and Dejan Najdanović Najda while the turn out of the public to the Sava Centar, where the event was hosted was noticeably low. The event (broadcast and produced by national television network RTS) was the most watched light-entertainment programme of the year in Serbia in term of ratings.

The jury was composed of Sanja Ilić (president), Slobodan Kovačević and Dragan Brajović (composers), Ivana Pavlović, Tanja Banjanin and Leo Martin (musicians), Bogomir Mijatović (singer) and Svetlana Đurašević and Aleksandar Filipović (music critics).

Winners, losers and the extravagant

With 75 points Toše Proeski was the first winner of Beovizija with the song Čija si("To Whom Do You Belong?"), composed by Leontina Vukomanović (who received an award of RSD300,000 (£2,700)). This song became a huge hit in Macedonia and the other former Yugoslav republics. This song was due to represent Serbia and Montenegro in the Eurovision Song Contest 2003 but the EBU stated that too many countries wanted to enter in that year and so some would be forced to withdraw. Serbia and Montenegro (who participated as one country at the time) were one of them.

Null points were awarded to Tempo Slavija, Pasaž trio, Danijela Vranić, Husa, and Jellena by both the jury and public.

The most extravagant performance of the evening was performed last. The extremely popular turbo-folk singer Jelena Karleuša descended from the ceiling of Sava Centar. She performed her song "Manijak" in Madonna's unique style. During her performance a large bed was brought on to the stage by a group of nearly naked young men whom Karleuša danced with. She then jumped on the bed and started a pillow fight therefore ending Beovizija with feathers and confetti flying everywhere.


Final, 13 April 2003.
Place Song Artist
1 "Čija si" Toše Proeski
2 "Moj svet si ti" Теodora Bojović
3 "Ja te volim više" Željko Samardžić
4 "Miris Tuge" Ksenija Mijatović
5 "Hladno srce" Marijana Zlopaša
6 "Seks bez dodira" Marina Perazić
7 "Јanuar" Ana Nikolić
8 "Možda sutra, možda pre" Аgata
9 "Budi moja" Banda
10 "Tvrdoglava" Bebi Dol
11 "Greh" Braca
12 "Hotel sa pet zvezdica" Danijela Vranić
13 "Stidim se" Darko
14 "Anđeli" Delča
15 "Na kraju puta" Dora
16 "Čovek kog sam volela" Ekstra Nena
17 "Prevariću te" Јеllena
18 "Kad jednom odeš" Lidija
19 "Sve je to na obraz moj" Mari Mari
20 "Granica" Maja Nikolić
21 "Oči Kafene" Mogul
22 "Sanjalica" Nataša Kojić
23 "А volela sam" Olivera Aranđelović
24 "Praznina" Plavo nebo
25 "Teška tuga" Propaganda 117
26 "Udaj se za bogataša" Tempo Slavija
27 "Spasi me" Trio Pasaž
28 "Možda nisam dobar za tebe" Husa
Serbian music industry awards
New found talent of the year Bojan Marović
Ethno album of the year Bilja Krstić
Album of the year Vasil Hadžimanov
Video of the year Grupa 187
Ethno song of the year DND
Pop album of the year Željko Samardžić
Ballad of the year Saša Matić
Ethno-pop album of the year Neda Ukraden
Best foreign language production Orthodox Celts
Pop-dance album of the year Goca Tržan
Rock singer of the year Ana Stanić
Rock group of the year Van Gogh
Pop author of the year Vlado Georgiev
Foreign break-through Jelena Karleuša