The Head of Delegation for Montenegro at the Eurovision Song Contest has stated a decision on the countries participant will be made as early as next week.
Sabrija Vulić has confirmed to MNE Magazin that Montenegrin national broadcaster RTCG will be deciding on the countries Eurovision 2017 participant in the next week. Mr Vulić alongside a committee from RTCG has been meeting today to look over all of the submissions for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. On the committee deciding the Montenegrin entrant for Kyiv are:
- Sabrija Vulić – Head of Delegation for Montenegro
- Nada Vučinić – Radija Crne Gore
- Vladimir Maraš – Radija Crne Gore
- Slaven Knezović – Music Editor of Televizije Crne Gore
- Ivan Maksimović – Head of entertainment television programmes at Televizije Crne Gore
The panel will discuss all of the submissions before proposing one singer to represent Montenegro at Eurovision 2017. The proposed singer will then be put to the Council of RTCG who will then discuss the proposal. An announcement of the selected singer will take place as early as next week.
Montenegro for the first time since 2009 held an open submissions process for the Eurovision Song Contest. Interested singers had until November 18 to submit their song to RTCG. Those submitting songs had to be citizens of Montenegro or have permenant residence in the country for at least two years.
Montenegro has internally selected both their singer and the song for the Eurovision Song Contest every year they have participated since 2009. For the past five years Montenegro has not hold an open submissions process, instead opting to internally select their singer for the contest behind closed doors. RTCG had stated at the start of October that they were looking at changing their selection process having not held a televised selection since 2008. How the comments by the Montenegrin Head of delegation mean that a televised artist selection will not be occuring.
Source: MNE Magazin