Weekend Recap Part One: Serbia Takes Eurovision

Photo by iam5
Photo by iam5

Congratulations to Serbia’s Marija Serifovic, who won the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday with “Molitva” (“Prayer”)—a grand candle-lighter of a ballad. Serifovic received a hero’s welcome on her return to Serbia.

We’re pleased for Serifovic and we’re pleased for Serbia, a country that can use some old-fashioned good news.

Much has been made of the fact that nine of the top ten televote-getters in this year’s Eurovision final represented countries from behind the former Iron Curtain. We say: stop whining, Westerners, and start sending higher quality acts to Eurovision. In the meantime—let’s see if we get this right—?estitam, Serbia!

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Alex Robertson Textor
About the author: Bitten by the travel bug at 11, Alex Robertson Textor has fond childhood memories of ultracheap Spanish hotels (the kind with Styrofoam shelving) and supermarket lunches scarfed on park benches. Formerly an academic, Alex has spent the last several years redirecting his professional life into full-time travel journalism and editing. He has published articles in the New York Times, Guardian Unlimited, Condé Nast Traveler, Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian, among other publications.
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