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Tim Schou releases ‘Where You Are’ prior to debut album

Tim Schou releases ‘Where You Are’ prior to debut album

Tim Schou - Where You Are

It has taken a while, but next spring, Tim Schou’s debut album will finally hit the market. The former Danish Eurovision participant has today released the single ‘Where You Are’ which is a catchy pop song about coping with a long distance relationship.

As lead singer in the band A Friend In London, he represented Denmark at the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest. The song New Tomorrow won many hearts across Europe, and finished in a 5th place. A couple of years, and one album, later, the four friends had realised that they wanted different things from their career and the band split up.

Tim Schou has spent a lot of time travelling, but it wasn’t until he returned back to Denmark, he found himself the ‘home’ that was needed to create his first album. From that album, the single Where You Are was released today.

It’s a personal song about the situation he is in with a long-distance relationship. It’s a good and really catchy song. Unlikely many other songs about being apart, this one actually brings a positive message. Instead of being too sad, focus on that you still found your loved one. No matter if you are apart that moment, you can be together in your thoughts. Tim Schou also addressed that when we asked him about the song.

The song was written on a sunny day in California, poolside with one of my favourite co-writers, Danish Viktoria Hansen. It’s, like all my other songs, inspired by my own life and in this case, my love life. I remember when we had the first line “I look around the room, everyone is here except for you” I got a lump in my throat. This feeling of not having your special someone with you for important moments and occasions, but at the same time knowing that they’re right there with you in your heart. That’s a very special feeling and I think the song captures exactly that.

Tim Schou to EuroVisionary

Listen to Where You Are

Where You Are is available for streaming and online purchase. You can also listen to the song in the video, Gaffa Denmark has uploaded in their article about the song.

Currently, there’s a conflict in Denmark between Koda and Google (YouTube) which makes a lot of music from Scandinavia plus the former Yugoslavian countries unavailable to Denmark, so we have to wait for the video to come on YouTube.

Tim Schou is very active – and closely connected to his fans – on Facebook. A couple of days ago, he pleased his followers with a picture of him and his long distance girlfriend. The lucky woman, who inspired him to this song Where You Are. He even published the cordinates together with this single: 34.0522′ N, 118.2437′ W.

Worldwide record deal

Yesterday, Tim Schou shared the great news that he landed an international record deal. Him and his Danish label Iceberg Records signed with British PIAS Records. As Tim puts himself, then he is now ‘a record deal closer to the dream’.

Spring 2021, the debut album will be released.

Tim Schou’s name has in recent years appeared as songwriter in national selections like Sweden and Germany. And also in the 2020 Danish final where he was one of the songwriters credited for Emil’s Ville Ønske Jeg Havde Kendt Dig, which finished in third place.

To date, unfortunately none of the songs with Tim Schou involved in the songwriting team have made it to the Eurovision Song Contest. We however still have the memories from 2011 to look back on.

In the embedded video below, you can refresh your memory on A Friend In London’s 2011 Eurovision entry. This is from a dress rehearsal leading up to the final:

Edit: We previously wrote that the album will be released in October. This is wrong. Tim Schou says that it will be released Spring 2021.

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Eurovision 1999: Croatia’s Doris Dragović in focus

Eurovision 1999: Croatia’s Doris Dragović in focus

Doris Dragović at the Eurovision Song Contest 1999

In 1999, the Eurovision Song Contest took place in Jerusalem. Doris Dragović represented the country with a very appropriate song for the occasion. The chosen song, ‘Marija Magdalena’ (Mary Magdalene) gave one of the best results for the country. However, Doris’ performance was not free from controversy.

In March 1999, Dora, the Croatian national for Eurovision took place. Doris Dragović won both the televote and the jury vote and represented Croatia in Jerusalem. Doris Dragović was no stranger to the Eurovision Song Contest. Previously, she represented Yugoslavia in 1986.


  • 1 Marija Magdalena – opinions from fans
  • 2 A mini Biography to Doris Dragović

For the 1999 Eurovision Song Contest, Doris Dragović sung along with a backing singer. She wore a white gown and a cloak.  Later on her performance, she removed the gown revealing a bodice.

On the night of the Final, Croatia received 118 points, ending in 4th place. Doris Dragović gave Croatia one of their best results as an independent country, tied with Maja Blagdan who also came in 4th. Nevertheless, Doris Dragović’s performance was not free from controversy. Her song used vocals by a male singer not onstage which broke the Eurovision rules on backing vocals. As a result, Croatia received a penalisation.

Marija Magdalena is written by Vjekoslava Huljić.

Marija Magdalena – opinions from fans

In order to find out what Eurovision fans today think of this Croatian entry from 1999, we asked our Eurovision Fan Panel. It includes team members as well as fans from all over the world.

🇨🇴 José M. – In 1999, Doris Dragović showed a more than elegant staging and how to perform, perhaps thanks to her long career back then. Marija Magdalena moved from a classic style but also bringing a contemporary touch, ahead of the subtle sensuality of the performer. Certainly, the powerful voice of Doris highlights, giving a glorious ending to a worthy decade for Croatia.

🇩🇰 Charlotte J. – A conflict between Google (YouTube) and Koda unfortunately results in quite a lot of music being blocked for Danes. It’s mainly Scandinavian and Balkan music. Croatia 1999 is one of them! I remember that I like this song, and that it was in my top 5 for 1999, but unfortunately, I am unable to listen to it at the moment.

🇮🇱 Adi S. –  Such a classic. Probably the best song from Croatia. The music is unique and powerful and she delivers it perfectly. Goosebumps.

See also13 fans about the worst Eurovision entry

🇨🇴 🇫🇮 Álvaro S. – I love the stage presence of Doris Dragović in this song that evokes the power of a strong historical female power in a much better way that 2020’s Azerbaijan intended to do in my opinion. Doris has a powerful voice and gave us a magnificent interpretation. A song that never gets old.

🇬🇧 Ashleigh K. – There aren’t many songs from the nineties that have aged as well as this. I can see Mary Magdalena being performed in 2021 and it not sounding dated or out of place. I can’t comment on whether it deserved it’s placing as I was too young to watch Eurovision in 1999 but what I can say is that it’s a great song would like to see Croatia get back into the grand final.

🇮🇪 John D. – As Doris Dragović had my favourite entry in 1986 with Zeljo Moya I was looking forward to Maria Magdalena in 1999 and it didn’t disappoint. It was a deserved 4th place even though it had a poor spot in the running order. It remains a firm fan favourite and a timeless club classic.

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🇬🇧 Michael O. – This was a bit more like it from Doris. What absurdity to dock Croatia a third of its points the following year, why didn’t Doris just have more backing vocalists on stage, whatever Eurovision at it’s best.

🇷🇸 Miljan T. – Croatia 1999 is one of the reasons I started watching Eurovision again after stopping with the dissolution of Yugoslavia in 1992. I learned of the song by accident and loved it from the start. Doris had already been a legend in old Yugoslavia and her vocals are just flawless. The presentation in Israel was by today’s standards not as engaging, but it was a very well deserved 4th place anyway. Till this day, this is by far my favourite entry from Croatia.

🇨🇿 Josef S. – If we all make some lists of TOP entries from each country, this one would be on Top or close to the top in Croatia. I like how Croatia stayed faithful to its national language even when it wasn’t obliged. On top of that Doris Dragović is very good singer which also adds another plus points to Marija Magdalena. Bravo, Croatia!

🇨🇴 William P. – This is a very interesting song as it merges traditional with modern rhythms (for its time). I love the strength that it shows and the voice of the singer. In terms of the performance, I think that the song had the potential to have a more fluid staging.

Enjoy Doris Dragović’s performance from the 1999 Eurovision Song Contest in the embedded video. Below the video, you can read more about Doris Dragović.


A mini Biography to Doris Dragović

Dorotea “Doris” Budimir, better known as Doris Dragović was born in Split, Croatia.  She represented Yugoslavia in the Eurovision Song Contest 1986 with the song Željo Moja.  In 1999, she came back to Eurovision, this time representing Croatia.

She has a rich career with 16 albums as a pop, rock singer.  After a long break, she returned to the stage in October 2012 with a concert in Zagreb.  She sold out and have been active since then. Her latest album being Koncert u Lisinskom from 2014. Her latest single Brod za nabolje was released in 2019.

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Eurovision 2013: Moldova’s Aliona Moon in focus

Eurovision 2013: Moldova’s Aliona Moon in focus

Aliona Moon at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest

In 2013, Aliona Moon represented Moldova with the power ballad ‘O Mie’ where she finished the competition in 11th place. The performance will be remembered, but did Moldova deserve better than they got?

Having been the backing singer for the Moldovan entrant the year prior, Aliona Moon and her O Mie was selected through O Melodie Pentru Europa. The national selection show consisted of two semi-finals and a final. Originally sang in English, it was decided that Aliona would compete with a Romanian language version of the song.


  • 1 O Mie – Opinions from fans
  • 2 Aliona Moon – A mini biography

O Mie was written by 2012 Moldovan competitor Pasha Parfeny with the lyrics written by Iuliana Scutaru. During the performance Aliona wore a 5 metre long dress which had lights projected against it. Aliona, who stood on a rising podium was raised slowly higher as the song was performed. Unfortunately for Aliona, she wasn’t the only artist to use this technique in their staging. The same year Romania’s entry Cezar also used a very similar effect.

O Mie – Opinions from fans

In order to find out what Eurovision fans today think of this Moldova entry from 2013, we asked our Eurovision Fan Panel. It includes team members as well as fans from all over the world.

Craig M. – Love this song that was composed by Pasha Parfeny. After appearing at Eurovision in 2012, it was a nice touch for Pasha to be back and sitting at the piano. While this time Aliona got to be the star. (After being Pasha’s back-up singer). Fantastic staging and dress with the lightning projections. Love that this song was sung in Romanian, which is such a beautiful language to sing in. Such a beautiful melody and incredible high notes at the end! Definitely worthy of 11th place and could’ve really been higher in the rating 😁

Erman Ö. – Actually I love Opera-pop style songs, especially Slovenia 2007 (Alenka Gotar) and Sweden 2009 (Malena Ernman’s La Voix) are ​​among my favorite songs. O Mie is also opera pop style but despite Aliona’s beautiful voice, I don’t like the song. Aliona’s song reminds me of Romania’s song It’s My life from 2013 by Cezar, but Cezar’s song is stronger than Aliona’s song O Mie. It is also a handicap that the song is not in English. If the song is not in English, the music of the song should be very good. Moldova 2013 is a little short in this regard.

Ashleigh. – There were so many great entries in 2013 that on the night I didn’t appreciate this song much. But when I watched the show again this became one of my favourites. I’m not sorry that they opted to use the Romanian lyrics for Eurovision but I did think the English lyrics were clever how they referred to the Maya and how it was the end of the world for her because her lover was gone, as when this song competed was in 2013 when the Maya predicted the world would end. This was lost in the Romanian version of the song.

Andrew G. – The song that got out done by the led rising dress. Nobody really talks about the song due to the last minute of the staging. It’s an enchanting charming song. Performed with passion. Placing 11th in the grand final is a worthy spot with so many great songs in 2013.

See also13 fans about the worst Eurovision entry

Alvaro. – Although I don’t understand the lyrics, Aliona’s voice sounds passionate, specially in the chorus of the song. The melody has a serious, dramatic tone that is ruined, at least to me with that strange outfit. Who thought it was a good idea to dress Aliona as a vulcano? It is confusing and it does not add anything of value to the powerful song. Otherwise one of the best entries by Moldova.

Mária P. – Many songs which win their national final in their national language are eventually sang in English in the contest. This time it was exactly the opposite, something I appreciated a lot because I love that countries show their identity and soul. Nice song and good performance, but I think the show with her dress was unnecessary. Fair result.

Charlotte. – I do hear the quality in this song, and I enjoy watching the performance too. The dress trick is really well made. Unfortunately, it’s one of those songs, which I forget about afterwards. I do like the song, when I hear it. It just doesn’t stand out enough for me to remember it. The dress, I remember, but never which song it actually was from.

Michael. – This was a case of a song coming to life on stage. While the previews had it as an also run, after the semis it was a sure fire qualifier. Aliona’s personality let it shine.

You can remind yourself of Aliona Moon’s entry O Mie by watching the video below. Below the video you can read more about her.

Aliona Moon – A mini biography

Aliona Moon was born as Aliona Munteanu in Chișinău, Moldova in 1989. After participating in some TV talent shows Aliona joined the band Thumbs Up which lasted for around two years before eventually disbanding.

In 2012 Aliona went to Eurovision as a backing singer for Moldovan entry Pasha Parfeny. Pasha returned the favour for Aliona the following year where he played the piano for her entry O Mie. 

The year after she competed in Malmö Aliona took part in The Voice Romania, but not as a judge as would be expected but as a contestant. Singing Beyonce’s Halo, Aliona managed to turn the seats of two coaches, Smiley and Marius Moga, both popular Romanian singers and producers. She chose to go further with Smiley because, as she said, she loves to smile.

Five years after competing in Eurovision, Aliona married musician Vova and regularly posts the travel adventures they enjoy on Instagram.

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The Top 5 Lightweight Tournament BJJ GIs 

With the number of BJJ tournaments growing each year, more and more people are competing.

One of the things that fighters struggle with is making weight. As most tournaments are now following the IBJJF guidelines, you will need to make weight wearing your GI, so If you have a heavyweight or even a medium weight GI you are putting yourself at a serious disadvantage by, either having to go up to a heavier weight class, or by having to cut weight on the day.

The solution? Invest in an ultralight or lightweight BJJ GI. Below we will outline our top 5 choices.

Please note, we have only included GIs that are IBJJF legal, as this is the standard to which most fighters want to compete at, and GIs in the range of 375gsm-450gsm cotton as this is the range that we would class as ultralight and lightweight. Various companies have started to sell 250gsm pearl weave, which although very lightweight is not, in my opinion, strong enough for the rigours of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and is more akin to a Karate GI.

Tatami Zero G  

I thought that I would start the list with one of the longest running GIs. If you have been around the Jiu Jitsu scene long enough to remember, the Zero G was revolutionary when it first came out. At that time (2009) a 550gsm GI was classed as lightweight, so when Tatami launched the Zero G at 450gsm, people were blown away with the difference in weight, and how soft and supple the material was. After this everyone started to follow suit.

Nowadays, Tatami have lighter GIs than the Zero G, but in my opinion, as an all-round tournament GI, this is still their best offering.

Valor VLR Superlight GI  

The Valor VLR comes in at an exceptionally light 1.2kg, so it’s at the lower end of the weight scale, which makes it a great choice of GI for making weight at tournaments, and training in hot weather.  

The jacket is made from an ultralight 350gsm, which is the current gold standard for lightweight pearl weave GIs and is adorned with stylish branding and patches. It also comes with a free drawstring GI bag to carry it in. Bonus!

Kingz Ultralight 2.0  

Although Kingz label this GI as an ultralight GI, with it coming in at 425gsm, I would class this more like a lightweight GI. If weight is your main concern, I would go with one of the lighter weight GIs, like the Valor VLR, but if you only need to cut a little bit of weight, then this is well worth a look.

As it slightly heavier and thicker than the ultralight varieties, you get certain other advantages, like the top and trousers being harder to grip. Other features include rip-stop trousers, triple reinforced stitching and 100% pre-shrunk jacket.

Scramble Athlete 4

The current athlete GI by Scramble is the 4th iteration of this bestselling competition kimono. Scramble are known for their high-quality gear and they don’t disappoint with the V4.

Constructed of a 375gsm pearl weave cotton, it sits somewhere between an ultralight and a lightweight GI, so it’s Ideal for tournaments and everyday training.

It has minimal styling and branding, so it’s ideal for patching up, or vinyl printing with your club or sponsors logos.

Fuji Suparaito   

Fuji has been around a long time but have only really started to make waves over the last few years. Starting out with their All Around GI, they were seen as more of a brand to buy entry-level GIs from, but not anymore.

The Suparaito GI is up there with the best GIs available in terms of quality. Made from high-quality 350gsm cotton, you will have no trouble making weight, and with its athletic cut, you will have every advantage going into your next match.

My Conclusion 

All of the above GIs will serve you well for use in your next BJJ tournament, and they will also be great for your everyday training, so if you are a regular on the tournament scene, or someone that just likes to compete on the odd occasion, they are well worth the investment.  

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Eurovision 1988: The Netherlands Gerard Joling in focus

Eurovision 1988: The Netherlands Gerard Joling in focus

Gerard Joling at the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest

He is a well known name in the Netherlands, and most Dutch will have an opinion about him. They might however not necessarily immediately connect him to this 1988 entry. ‘Shangri-La’ did however finish in a respectable 9th place.

Dutch broadcaster NOS had internally selected, Gerard Joling. The public were asked to choose between five songs performed in the national final; the Nationaal Songfestival. Shangri-La won with 283 points. In second place came Heel Verliefd (Much in love, edt.) with 222 points.

At the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Dublin, Ireland, Gerard Joling finished in 9th place with a total of 70 points. It included the maximum 12 points from Greece and Luxembourg.

Shangri-La is written by Peter de Wijn.

Shangri-La – opinions from fans

In order to find out what Eurovision fans today think of this Dutch entry from 1988, we asked our Eurovision Fan Panel. It includes team members as well as fans from all over the world.

🇩🇰 Charlotte J. – This is one of my personal favourites from the Netherlands, and I fell in love with it at the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest, where it was one of my personal favourites. I was 10 years old, and this song just drew me in whereas Celine Dion didn’t get any attention from me. It was extremely catchy, well sung and well performed. Years later, when I got Internet, I checked up on other music from Gerard Joling, and I loved a lot of it.

I am aware of that he is one many Dutch either love or hate. When I got together with my Dutch boyfriend in 2007, I practically had to apologise for being a Joling fan. I hope – and think – his family have forgiven me by now ;-). I know he is extravagant, but I stand by the choice, I made in 1988: I am Gerard Joling fan, and I am not ashamed of it.

🇳🇱 🇩🇰 Wouter V. It’s unfair how this song is blamed in the Netherlands. It is that because of the high note in the end, which he didn’t hit. Gerard Joling can actually make that, have done it before and afterwards… I really don’t like the singer and his voice, but I have to admit that this actually isn’t that bad a song.

🇬🇧 Ashleigh K. – My first thought when watching this was that he looked like a mix up between Pat Sharp and Barry Manilow with the sound of Tony Hadley. This song has such a typical 80’s sound despite it being sang at the end of the decade. The vocals are strong and quite faultless. I like this a lot.

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🇦🇺 Vivienne F. – Leven, Liefde, ‘k Ben op zoek naar Shangri-la! From the first words to the last it caught me, I loved the beat. The back-ups singers were phenomenal, and loved their choreography as I could do all the movements! I always get up to dance to this one as it takes me back to my dancing days and this is so Flash dance! This was my favourite then and now. Better than Celion Dion!

🇬🇧 Michael O. – When this was released it was touted as being represented by one of the Netherlands biggest names so I expected much. This wouldn’t be out of place as the B side of Tony Christie’s Amarillo, and while not truly awful, Gerard must surely only be big on the cabaret circuit. I did like the backing singers though.

🇸🇪 Sara T. – The Netherlands is actually one of my least favourite countries in Eurovision. Their songs are often plain and not interesting enough. This song is all right, but the structure of the song is a bit confusing. I like the more energetic parts as well as the choir’s opera style singing, but I lose interest in the slower middle part. All in all a fairly decent song, but not one I will remember in the future.

🇳🇱 Jacques H. – I rather like Shangri-la. Gerard would have ranked higher if he had touched that high note. But, because he had a gig in The Netherlands, he flew back home, performed, over used his voice, got a cold and didn’t perform as well as we might expected him to do. Shame! It is the story of The Netherlands not taking Eurovision serious enough. Even in 1975 with Teach-in winning, we didn’t take it serious, and we won. That was the example many an artist took too serious and became our participation a true shangri la la la laaaaaaaa.

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🇨🇴 🇫🇮 Alvaro S. – I was born in 1988 and though I have revisited the previous editions on YouTube at least once, I did not remember this entry from the Netherlands. I like how the music suddenly starts with such a typical, dynamic sound from the 80s. The high notes from the singer were also a highlight and the simple choreography of the backing vocals. I don’t know why but it is a charming song and it is the type of entry that fits with the stage from Dublin ’88.

🇧🇪 Enis H. – I really like the instrumental and the lyrics of the song, though I am not the biggest fan of his voice. I love the small dance moves the backing vocals too.

🇷🇴 Doina A. – “Living, loving, In the land called Shangri-la, Ain’t no living without loving, Let’s get out of the new world, No more words to say, No bridges left to burn”.
I think that these words and the soft, dramatic music, made Greece and Luxembourg give 12 points each on the night of the song contest and placed the song 9 among 21!


Enjoy Gerard Joling’s performance from the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest in the embedded video. Below the video, you can read more about him.

Gerard Joling – a mini biography

Born in late April of 1960, with a career kicking off in the mid 1980’s, Gerard Joling has a long career behind him. He is still going strong however.

His first singles from 1985 Love Is In Your Eyes and Ticket To The Tropics reached a 4th and a first place on the Dutch charts. The album became number one. In other words; he got a fantastic start on his career. Over the years, he has released close to 20 solo albums with several of them peaking at the top of the Dutch charts. No More Boleros from 1989, being a hit that would also make him noticed abroad.

In the early 2000’s, Gerard Joling’s releases didn’t do so well. Maak Me Gek (Make me crazy, edt.) from 2007 changed that. Both the single and the album once again served him a number one hit.

Gerard Joling has over the years developed into a TV personality that regularly appear on Dutch TV. He is a TV presenter as well as judge in various talent shows. He is still popular as a singer too, and his extravagant personality has made him one everyone knows, whether they love or dislike him.

De Toppers

Joling was to return to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009 as part of De Toppers, but that didn’t happen. The extremely popular trio consisted of René Froger, Gordon and Joling. Gordon and Joling were almost constantly fighting, and five months before the contest, it resulted in a break-up. Gerard Joling left the trio and was replaced with Jeroen van der Boom. After Eurovision, he returned to De Toppers, Gordon left – and came back – and currently they are 4.

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Eurovision 2004: Serbia & Montenegro’s Željko Joksimović in focus

<div>Eurovision 2004: Serbia & Montenegro’s Željko Joksimović in focus</div>

Željko Joksimović at the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest

He won the semi-final, but in the final he lost out to Ukraine’s Ruslana. Željko’s second place is, however, still remembered and loved by many fans, but an opposition does exist.

In a joined national final Evropesma, Serbia & Montenegro selected their Eurovision Song Contest participant in the years 2004 to 2006. There were 9 juries: 4 from Serbia, 4 from Montenegro and finally one televote. Eventually Serbia’s Željko Joksimović won with the song Lane Moje and became the first to represent Serbia and Montenegro.

With 263 points in the semi-final, he finished 7 points ahead of Ruslana and her Wild Dances. Three days later in the final, their placements would be swapped. Now Ukraine won 17 points ahead of Serbia & Montenegro.

Lane Moje is written by Željko Joksimović himself, with Leontina Vukomanović penning the lyrics.

Lane Moje – opinions from fans

In order to find out what Eurovision fans today think of this Serbia & Montenegro entry from 2004, we asked our Eurovision Fan Panel. It includes team members as well as fans from all over the world.

🇬🇧 Richard C. – As soon as you hear the intro and you hear the audience you know that this performance will be epic. Zeljko doesn’t disappoints. His vocal vocals are truly incredible. You feel his pain and emotions. The way he sings, I am still memorised by this performance even to this day. Željko at his best! Lane Moje is one of my all time favourites for sure.

🇨🇿 Josef Š. – Željko Joksimović is an icon when it comes to Eurovision. Twice representing Serbia (once “& Montenegro), once hosting Eurovision, once as a composer for Lejla… and he represents what I love about Balkan songs (especially ballads). Touching melody, ethnic sounds, perfect vocals… And this is something I believe most people love, that’s why he always did so well. Who can say they were three times at Eurovsion and ended once 2nd and twice 3rd? That’s an amazing result and well deserved for this Balkan God. ❤

🇩🇰 Charlotte J. – I am not your typical Eurovision fan who gets all emotional whenever a Balkan ballad is on the agenda. But when a song is perfect, or near to, I do recognise it. Lane Moje is one of those. The flute is perfect, the violin is perfect, Željko’s vocals are perfect… How this didn’t win is beyond me. I was not, and will never be, a fan of Ruslana’s Wild Dances.

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🇳🇴 Stine F. – Lane Moje drowns between my two upbeat favourites from 2004; Shake It and of course the winner Wild Dances. Although this is a huge fan favourite runner up, I hardly even remembered Lane Moje before listening to it again today. I do like the sense of tranquillity with the flute, violin and beautiful voice, but it just doesn’t stand out to me.

🇷🇸 Milosav T. – Lane Moje is a somewhat “legendary” song in Serbia, since it was our first song in Eurovision after 12 years of absence. And what a debut it was! Željko found a perfect balance between ethnic, polished and cheesy. The performance, the outfits and the presentation of the song were spot on, and if it weren’t for Ruslana, it could have won. It remains one of my favourite Serbian entries, which outlasted the country (Serbia & Montenegro) it represented.

🇳🇱 🇩🇰 Wouter V. – I was crazy about this song in 2004, and I still don’t need to actually find it on YouTube or Spotify to hear it. Lane Moje is permanently playing somewhere in the background of the back of my mind. The arrangement, Željko’s voice, and in particular that flute make this a near perfect song. Just a pity I don’t understand the lyrics, but they seem beautiful also in the Google translated version.

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🇬🇧 Ashleigh K. – This song gives me mixed feelings. I love the instrumental parts of the song, I love the staging, the styling of the performance. The song sounds nice and I think sitting and watching the contest that I would enjoy watching the performance as a whole. But I can’t picture myself listening to this song on Spotify and enjoying it without seeing the performance as a whole.

🇩🇰 Liza P. – Lane Moje is one of my favourite Balkan entries. The reason is mainly because of the preview video made for the song. I really adore it. But the music and the mood of the song brings out big emotions for me, when I hear it. Even if I don’t hear the English version or read a translation of the Serbian version, I feel overwhelmed every time. And not necessarily with sadness, sometimes also happiness.

🇨🇴 🇫🇮 Alvaro S. – What else can I add that has not been said already about this amazing song? This is another treasure given by Zeljko Joksimovic, who was so close to get the trophy. Although I love his 2012 entry, this one in particular is pure magic. The chorus and the first verses in particular are remarkable and the sound of the violin creates an interesting atmosphere. It is not necessary to understand the lyrics to connect with this song. The power of music like this is universal.

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🇬🇧 Michael O. – Never have understood the love for this song, or indeed the song that beat it at Eurovision. While I’m quite partial to a ballad I was shocked this did so well. To me 2004 was a pretty poor year, Cyprus, Sweden and the neighbouring In The Disco being the only ones I really liked.

🇧🇦 🇩🇰 Elvir P. Let me say right away: Lane Moje is a beautiful piece of music. The lyrics, the melody, the performance – everything is just working fine for this song and I wouldn’t have minded if Serbia and Montenegro won the contest back in 2004. But … there is one big “but” about this song that irritates my really much. For me, it sounds too much as the song Sen Gelmez Oldun by Azerbaijan musician Alikan Samedov. And I really don’t like copycats.

🇧🇷 Amir B. – Lane Moje  was the first and my favourite entry from Željko Joksimović, the Serbian Midas. Every music with his participation turns gold. The runner up title in Istanbul was a preview of the other 5 musics with his touch. My favourite composer in Eurovision history, Lane Moje is a light and pleasant ballad to hear. The face of Balkan ballads! His voice is beautiful and is the final touch of this great entry!

In the embedded video below, you can watch this Serbia & Monenegro 2004 entry performed at the Eurovision Song Contest. Below the video, you can read more about Željko Joksimović.

Željko Joksimović – a mini biography

He was born on 20th of April 1972 in Belgrade. His professional career started in 1997. The turning point of his work as a solo artist was releasing his album “Amajlija” in 2000, which was proclaimed as the best selling album. So far, Željko has released six studio albums.

Željko took part in the Eurovision Song Contest twice as an artist, and he composed five entries for four different countries all together. In 2008 he co-hosted the contest, which was held in Belgrade, together with his future wife Jovana Janković. They have two children.

Joksimović is still active on the Serbian music scene. His latest single Možda Je To Ljubav is from February 2019. He also composes music for films, television series and theater shows.

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