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Alma Čardžić

Alma Čardžić
Born 1968 (age 45–46)
Origin Maglaj, Bosnia and Herzegovina (then Yugoslavia)
Genres Pop
Occupations Singer
Associated acts Dejan Lazarević

Alma Čardžić (born 1968) is a Bosnian singer, best known internationally for her participation in the Eurovision Song Contests in 1994 and 1997.

Biography

Born to a Bosniak family in Bosnia and Herzegovina she demonstrated a flair for music even as a child. When she was 15 years old, she was judged the strongest amateur at the Studentsko ljeto (Student Summer) festival. In 1992 and 1993, she competed in the Bosankohercegovačka takmičenju za pjesmu Evrovizije (Bosnia & Herzegovina Competition Song Contest) where she was placed second with the song Svi na ulice (Everybody on the street). In 1994, Alma was selected to work with Dejan Lazarevic as the Bosnian entry in the "Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin". In 1996, she released her first solo album called Plavo oko (blue eyes). In 1997 she entered the "Eurovision" song competititon for Bosnia with Milic Vukašinović with their song "Goodbye" in 1998 Alma released her second solo album titled Duša (Soul). In 2001, she released her third album entitled Malo po malo (Little by little). At the second Bosnia & Herzegovina Music Academy Awards held on 22 January 2004, Alma won two prestigious awards  : "The singer decade" and "Single of the Year" (for Dva dana / two days).

Eurovision Song Contest

Čardžić appeared in four Eurovision pre-selections, once for Yugoslavia and three times for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Her two unsuccessful attempts in 1992 and 1993 came in open competition against other singers and groups, but in 1994 (with Dejan Lazarević) and 1997 she performed all the competing songs:[1]

Yugoslavia

  • 1992: "Ljubav ce pobijediti" - 10th

Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • 1993: "Svi na ulice" - (rumoured to have finished 2nd, although no official result has ever been released)
  • 1994: "Ostani kraj mene" - 1st (as Alma & Dejan)
  • 1997: "Goodbye " - 1st

In 1994, the ballad "Ostani kraj mene" ("Stay With Me") went forward to the 39th Eurovision Song Contest, held on 30 May in Dublin. The performance is remembered primarily for the tumultuous and sustained cheering and applause given by the audience when the pair walked on stage, in acknowledgement of the prevailing situation in Bosnia, which had the unintended effect of causing Dejan to stumble on the opening lines of the song as he was unable to hear the music properly. In a field of 25, "Ostani kraj mene" finished in 15th place.[2]

Čardžić returned to Dublin for the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest on 3 May, where the uptempo "Goodbye" (sung in Bosnian despite its English title) could only manage to place 18th of 25 entries.[3]

Later career

Čardžić has released four CDs and remains a popular singer in her homeland. In 2004 at the Bosnian Music Awards, she was named "Singer of the Decade".

Albums Discography

  • 1996: Plavo oko
  • 1998: Duša
  • 2001: Malo po malo
  • 2004: Moje pjesme (Compilation)

References

External links

  • Programme notes from ESC 1994 at Esctoday
  • Programme notes from ESC 1997 at Esctoday
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Fazla
with "Sva bol svijeta"
Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Eurovision Song Contest
1994
(with Dejan Lazarević)
Succeeded by
Davorin Popović
with "Dvadeset prvi vijek"
Preceded by
Amila Glamočak
with "Za našu ljubav"
Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Eurovision Song Contest
1997
Succeeded by
Dino & Beatrice
with "Putnici"
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