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ALMOST WINNING AT EUROVISION – 2004

Today  it’s the turn of the fourth song, who lacked 17 points to win the whole show and then we have arrived at the year 2004.

The 17 points were up to Ukraine, which won its first victory and the country we are talking about was then called Serbia & Montenegro.

This could perhaps be called the last convulsion of the country that used to be called Yugoslavia.

The song “Lane Moje” can be called a pretty good return for this country, which for 10 years was banned from most cultural activity at European level.

This song performed by Zeljko Joksimovic is probably the clearest and best example of what are called Balkan ballads.

And if you were ever to choose the best runner-up of all time in ESC, I would probably bet my money on this song.

Down to Greece in third place this year, there were only 11 points, so Zeljko positioned himself relatively safely between two highly danceable songs with his calm song.

The now 50-year-old Mr Joksimovic started his professional career back in 1997 and he is said to have participated in several competitions apart from the one we know best.

After his first participation in the ESC, he obviously got blood on his teeth.

He was the composer for the Bosnian contribution in 2006 and the Montenegrin contribution in 2015, these songs have in common that they are their country’s best placement in the ESC.

Zeljko participated once again as an artist in 2012 and that time ended up in third place, so good positions are something this guy can do.

In 2008 he was also the composer for the Serbian contribution, then he was also the presenter of the ESC final held in Serbia, so theoretically he could have experienced giving the prize for the winning song to himself, he didn’t, the song came in 6th place .

Since this fellow is still active in so many musical areas, one should probably not ignore the possibility that he could find a way to appear again on an ESC stage in the future, he should be welcome.

Pierre Kartner (better known as Vader Abraham) passed away.

It has not been a good couple of days  for Eurovision related artists. Bruno Andries sent ESC Covers a link to a Belgium newspaper that reported on the death of a well-known Dutch singer, composer and producer. Norbert from ESC Dublin to Amsterdam wrote for us on the news. Continue reading Pierre Kartner (better known as Vader Abraham) passed away.