Friday, May 14, 2004

More Eurovision Scandals

Željko Joksimović (Zeljko Joksimovic), representative of Serbia-Montenegro at this year's Eurovision Song Contest, created some sort of outrage in Istanbul by raising three fingers in the air (which is traditional Serbian battle salute) and allegedly stating that he would "win in Istanbul in order avenge centuries that his country spent under the Turkish yoke".

Before the semi-final Ivan Mikulić (Ivan Mikulic), representative of Croatia, allegedly complained to Aleksandar Kostadinov, head of Croatian delegation in Istanbul, that UDBA (Tito's secret police) tried to poison him and thus prevent him from entering the finals.

Both Joksimović and Mikulić entered into finals, partly because former Yugoslav republics traded each others' votes.


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