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Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro Fail to Qualify for Eurosong

All Balkan contestants in the semi finals on Tuesday failed to qualify for Eurosong. Macedonia and Albania are still hoping they will qualify on Thursday show in Malmo.

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Serbia was represented by a trio “Moje 3” and their song “Ljubav je svuda” but  failed to pass the qualifications despite hoping their colorful costumes and girly performances will get them to the final show on Saturday.



In contrast to Serbia's fun song, Croatia chose the traditional band called “Klapa s mora” and their “Mizerja” song, a slightly slower song performed by a men group.



Montenegro's group “Who See” and their song “Igranka” also failed to pass the semi-finals. Two of three performers were dressed as astronauts while the singer wore a black leather costume followed by their lively song.



Slovenia also failed on their way to the finals at the first of two semi-final shows held in the Swedish capital.

However, Estonia, Denmark, Russia, Ukraine, Netherlands, Lithuania, Belarus, Moldova, Ireland and Belgium made it up to qualifications for the final competition on May 18.

The second semi-final show is to be held on Thursday when among other Macedonia, Bulgaria, Greece, Albania and Romania will have their performances.

Albania will appear first with Bledar Sejko and Adrian Lulgjuraj performing their rock ballad Identiet

Macedonia’s song is a duet between Esma Rexhepova, the acclaimed "queen of gypsy music", and the up-and-coming singer Lozano.

The song was the country’s second choice after Macedonia’s national broadcaster, MRT, which holds the national license for the contest withdrew the originally planned song Imperija, performed by the same duet, in March.

MRT said that it did not meet its quality standards just days after the video clip for the song was ridiculed on social networks and criticised as a tragi-comic advert for the government.

Romania will be represented at Eurovision by the counter-tenor Cezar Ouatu with the song It's My Life, which the singer plans to perform while dressed as a woman.

Bulgaria is represented in Malmo by Elitsa Todorova and Stoyan Yankulov performing their song Only Champions. The duo are already famous at home for their innovative way of combining traditional singing, percussion and contemporary influences.

Kosovo is not allowed to participate in the event because it is not a member of the European Broadcasting Union.

Meanwhile, Bosnia and Herzevovina gave up participating in the contest for financial reasons. Officials from Bosnian state television said at the end of last year that they did not have enough money to cover the costs. 

The Eurovision Song Contest, held annually since 1956, is the biggest live non-sporting event in the world with a television audience estimated at over 100 million viewers.

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