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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

If people hadn't died behind this, it would be comical

Serbs hate them

Serbia-Montenegro in pop song row

Tensions between Serbia and Montenegro have spilled over into the Eurovision song contest, which has a history of intense national rivalry.

An argument is raging over which band should represent the federation of Serbia and Montenegro in the contest.

A Montenegrin boy band called No Name won a televised competition in Belgrade to choose the best song - but they were booed by the audience, who cried foul.

The Montenegrin judges on the panel were accused of tactical voting.

After the vote on Saturday night the band took to the stage to sing their winning song again, but in the face of the mainly Serb audience's hostility, they soon gave up without having sung a note.

The Serb runners-up, Flamingoes, then appeared to the clear delight of the audience.

Angry crowd

Passions were running so high at Belgrade's Sava Centre concert hall that the judges and the Montenegrin group had to be escorted out by security officials.

Speaking on Sunday, former Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Zivkovic said the furore had caused "much more excitement last night than the death of [former Yugoslav President] Slobodan Milosevic".

posted by Steve @ 5:21:00 PM

5:21:00 PM

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