Sanja Ilić and Balkanika
And hello hello to Serbia, previous home of the seedy lego man, the man with big hair singing about his shoes, and best of all, the subversive romany lesbian that swept to victory in 2007 and caused the Belgrade mayor to have to retrain his entire police to be more "tolerant". Eastern Europe stealing our points? Same sex relationships? Gypsies? Daily Mail island almost relaunched the Balkan conflict overnight.
Mooooooollliiiiiiiitvaaaaa. What a tune! The English version is titled "Destiny", the Russian version is titled "Молитва" (Molitva), and the Finnish version is called "Rukoilen" and was performed by the Beauty Queens, not Marija. The song has also been released as a dance remix and a remix named "Jovan Radomir mix" by Swedish TV-presenter Jovan Radomir, who also wrote the English lyrics. An instrumental version has also been released as well as a karaoke version. But best of all the UK oompah band "Oompah Brass" recorded an instrumental version of "Molitva" on their album Oompocalypse Now (2008) which premiered at the 2007 Belgrade Beer Festival!