This morning, the Montenegrin public broadcaster RTCG announced that Slavko Kalezić will represent the country in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv. It was also revealed that he will sing the song “Space”, written by Momčila Zekovića.
Once the news was announced, Kalezić took to Facebook and wrote simply that the honour of representing Montenegro in Kyiv is a “Dream (come) true”. His song was chosen from a total of 27 submissions which were sent to RTCG following their call for entries earlier in the year.
Thirty-one year old Kalezić was born in Podgorica, and rose to fame after appearing on the first season of X Factor Adria in 2013. He was mentored by former Eurovision entrant for Serbia and Serbia & Montenegro, Željko Joksimović. He released his debut album two years ago, and is also a talented actor. He studied Drama at the University of Montenegro, and is a member of the Montenegrin National Theatre.
Now Kalezić hopes to be the third artist to take Montenegro to the grand final in May. His song, “Space”, will be released in the new year, however an official release date is yet to be confirmed. He will compete in one of the two semi-finals on the 16th and 18th of May.
About Montenegro in the Eurovision Song Contest
Montenegro debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest as an independent country in 2007, and participated until 2010 when they withdrew for financial reasons. They returned to the contest in 2012, and since then have always chosen their entry internally. Montenegro failed to qualify for the grand final until 2014, when Sergej Ćetković and his song “Moj svijet”. Their best result came a year later, when Knez performed “Adio” in Vienna. They have never reached the top 10, with Knez reaching 13th out of 27 countries. Their most recent entrant, Highway, reached 13th in their semi-final in 2016 with their song “The Real Thing”.