|Interval act||Performances by Stefan Filipović, Rebeka Dremelj, Kraljevi Ulice and 75 cents, Tamara, Vrčak and Adrian Gaxha, Elvir Laković Laka and Isis Gee|
Tribute to Toše Proeski (semi)
Serbian music industry awards (Final)
|Voting system||50% jury and 50% televoting|
12,10,8,7,...,2,1 awarded to songs
|Winning song||Oro, Jelena Tomašević|
Beovizija 2008 was the 6th Beovizija music festival. The semi-finals were to be held on February 19, 2008 while the finals were to be held a day later. However, due to unilateral declaration of independence of its southern province Kosovo, the festival was delayed until March 9 when the semi-finals took place and the finals which took place on March 10. The winner of this Beovizija will represent Serbia in the final of the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest on May 24, 2008, at the Belgrade Arena in Belgrade, Serbia
The same format set by Radio Television of Serbia (RTS) in Beovizija 2007 took place in 2008. The deadline for the submission of songs by artist to the national broadcaster was on December 15, 2007. One of the requirements for entry was that the songs must be performed in Serbian, however, the winning song can be sung in any language for Eurovision. On December 24, 2007, 20 semi-finalists were selected by a group of RTS judges: Ana Milićević, Anja Rogljić, Zoran Dašić, Nikoleta Dojčinović, Jelena Vlahović, Bilja Krstić and Miki Stanojević.
The semi-finalists performed on March 9, 2008. Via public televoting and a 3 team judging panel the scores were combined and the 10 highest ranking songs preceded to the finals. These were songs Oro, Zavet, Kvar, Iznad nas, Dunav, Beli jablan, Da si tu, Sada ili nikada, Čudesni svetovi and Čućemo, čućete. The same voting procedure occurred on the finals night, March 10, 2008, where a winning song was chosen - Oro.
For the first time there were 2 host couples hosting the show.
The 2008 Beovizija semi-finals interval act included singers Stefan Filipović representing Montenegro, Rebeka Dremelj representing Slovenia, Kraljevi Ulice and 75 cents representing Croatia, Tamara, Vrčak and Adrian Gaxha representing the Republic of Macedonia, Elvir Laković Laka representing Bosnia and Herzegovina and Isis Gee representing Poland. The tragically deceased singer Toše Proeski received a lifetime achievement award. There was also a special tribute to him. Proeski was the winner of the first ever Beovizija in 2003.
In the finals interval act the Serbian music industry awards were handed out.
Beovizija is known to have one of the best stage designs in the national selection process for Eurovision. This year the stage symbolised the host city of the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest - Belgrade. The stage represented a large public city square and a large amount of special effects and lighting were used to make the stage more attractive to the public.
RTS as the host broadcaster of the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 aired a show called Evropsko lice (European face). Through a team of expert judges and televoters each week couples battled for a chance to be the hosts of Beovizija 2008. They also have a chance to become the green room hosts at the Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade. Every week a couple was voted out based on public voting.
It was decided that there will be two host couples at Beovizija, both hosting over two nights. The winners of European face are Nina Radulović and Đorđe Maričić and Kristina Radenković and Branislav Katić. Kristina Radenković and Branislav Katić was the couple voted through to co-host the semi-final and final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 in Belgrade with Jovana Janković and Željko Joksimović. They were voted via public tele-vote. During both the semi-final and final the couples sang songs dedicated to the Eurovision host city Belgrade.
The semi-finals were held on March 9, 2008 starting at 21:00 (CET). Songs that qualified for the final are in bold. The jury was composed of Vladimir Marićić, jazz pianist and composer; Katarina Gojković, actress; and Aleksander Peković, director of music production, RTS.
|Results of the Beovizija 2008 Semi-Final.|
|1||9||Zavet||A pledge||Beauty Queens||6||12||12||30||12||1749||10||22|
|2||20||Oro||Hora||Jelena Tomašević feat. Bora Dugić||7||8||8||23||7||4409||12||19|
|3||8||Beli jablan||White poplar||Aleksa Jelić & Ana Štajdohar||5||10||15||5||1288||7||12|
|4||1||Iznad nas||Above us||Studio Alektik & Cveta Majtanović||3||2||4||9||4||1732||8||12|
|5||18||Čućemo, čućete...||We'll hear, you'll hear...||Ognjen and Friends||12||7||7||26||10||208||10|
|7||16||Sada ili nikada||Now or never||Marko Vulinović||8||10||6||24||8||204||8|
|8||11||Da si tu||If you were here||Lejla Hot||10||6||5||21||6||219||6|
|10||17||Čudesni svetovi||Magical worlds||Zoe Kida & Zemlji Gruva||1||1||2||527||4||4|
|11||7||Prečica do dna||A little step to the bottom||Sloba Bajić||266||3||3|
|12||3||S tobom bih ostala||I'd stay with you||Negative||4||3||2||9||2||145||2|
|13||10||Tijana||-||Andrej Ilić Band||255||2||2|
|14||13||Nisi prvi||You are not the first||Tamara Nikezić||5||5||1||182||1|
|15||14||Ako me čuješ||If you hear me||Dejan Vozlić||230||1||1|
|16||19||Bezimena||Nameless woman||Denis and Obule||190|
|17||4||Možda baš||Just maybe||Mogul||149|
|18||5||Slepa ulica||Blind alley||Nenad Ćeranić||135|
|19||15||U život kockam se...||Gambling with my life...||Zana||129|
|20||12||Kao da hodam||As if I'm walking||Ivana Ćosić||1||1||68|
|Results of the Beovizija 2008 Final.|
|1||7||Oro||Hora||Jelena Tomašević feat. Bora Dugić||12||8||12||32||12||8653||12||24|
|2||5||Beli jablan||White poplar||Aleksa Jelić & Ana Štajdohar||10||5||8||23||10||3634||10||20|
|3||2||Zavet||A pledge||Beauty Queens||7||6||10||23||8||3504||8||16|
|5||6||Iznad nas||Above us||Studio Alektik & Cveta Majtanović||8||4||4||16||4||2525||7||11|
|6||10||Da si tu||If you were here||Lejla Hot||4||7||7||18||5||732||3||8|
|7||4||Sada ili nikada||Now or never||Marko Vulinović||3||12||5||20||6||311||1||7|
|8||9||Čudesni svetovi||Magical worlds||Zoe Kida & Zemlji Gruva||1||2||2||5||2||784||4||6|
|10||8||Čućemo, čućete...||We'll hear, you'll hear...||Ognjen and Friends||6||3||3||12||3||425||2||5|