Marija Šerifović Molitva
"Molitva" (Cyrillic: Молитва; English: "Prayer") is a song by Serbian singer Marija Šerifović. It was the winning song of the Eurovision Song Contest 2007. It was Serbia's Eurovision debut as an independent nation; the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro having dissolved in June 2006. The song was released as a CD single in nine different versions on 27 June 2007 by Connective Records.
Marija's performance was complemented by the notable presence of the five backing singers, who joined together afterwards to form Beauty Queens.
Two days after the final, it was claimed by the British newspaper The Sun that the song was plagiarized from Albanian artist Soni Malaj's song Ndarja. This has however been strongly denied by Marjan Filipovski, the Macedonian composer of Ndarja.
The English version is titled "Destiny", the Russian version is titled "Молитва" (Molitva). The Finnish version is called "Rukoilen" and was performed by the Beauty Queens, not Marija. The song has also been released as a dance remix and a remix named "Jovan Radomir mix" by Swedish TV-presenter Jovan Radomir, who also wrote the English lyrics. An instrumental version has also been released as well as a karaoke version. The UK oompah band Oompah Brass recorded an instrumental version of "Molitva" on their album Oompocalypse Now (2008), premiered at the 2007 Belgrade Beer Festival.
Molitva has been often played for many successes Serbia has had in the year 2007. It was played at a welcome party for Serbia's tennis players after their French Open successes .
During Wimbledon 2007, Molitva was often used during clips displaying the courts and players on the BBC. It was mainly used before and after footage or interviews with the Serbian players.
At the final of the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 24 May, Šerifović sang "Molitva" as the opening.
The short 10 sec instrumental theme of the song can be heard even today on Radio Television of Serbia (RTS) (between scheduled broadcasts as short intermezzo or when presenting RTS programme/image).
In 2012, Šerifović performed this song during the interval act of the second semi-final at the Eurovision Song Contest in Baku. She was accompanied by traditional Azeri musical instruments.