Singer: Sanja Vučić ZAA
Song: Goodbye (Shelter)
Performing: Second Semi-Final
Memorable Line: “I played a fool so many times, can’t even count it.”
Chances: Will qualify, possible top 10 finish.
Link: Serbia 2016
Rating: 8 faux-drag queens (out of 10)!
The one thing I can say for Sanja is that she…looks and moves and sings like a drag queen. I get some serious Violet Chachki vibes from her. Compare:
However, I like drag queens, so Sanja’s resemblance isn’t really a deal breaker, it’s just a bit distracting!
Looking beyond the first impression and at Sanja’s song, I am impressed. Of course, I miss the days when Serbia stayed true to Serbian language, but this new formula is working for them. The song is catchy, and Sanja sells it on stage.
I do have to say that the title “Goodbye (Shelter)” feels a bit like cheating. I wish they had picked one or the other, rather than going for both. But ultimately this doesn’t hamper my enjoyment of the song. It sticks in my head, the lyrics avoid being overly soppy, and the performance will certainly be memorable! In the end, I do quite like this song.
Serbia usually does fairly well at Eurovision anyway, so I would not be surprised to see Sanja finish in the top 10. Especially with the return of other ex-Yugo countries, it feels like there is renewed interest from the region, so let’s hope she can finish strong. Perhaps her charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent will she’ll even “Come Through!”