RTCG the national broadcaster of Montenegro has revealed the cost of their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.
In an interview on morning television on RTCG last week, Sabrija Vulić the Head of Delegation for Montenegro has revealed the cost of the country’s Eurovision participation. Overall Mr Vulić explained that 115,000 Euro was spent on the contest, of which 26,000 Euro was the participation fee paid directly to the European Broadcasting Union.
The following countries have revealed their participation fee in recent years, the countries and costs are as follows:
- Greece – 150,000 Euro (2012)
- Macedonia – 100,000 Euro (2014)
- Malta – 80,000 Euro (2010)
- Montenegro – 23,000 Euro (2012)
- Poland – 70,000 Euro (2014)
- Romania – 130,000 Euro (2014)
- Ireland – 88,472 Euro (2016)
- United Kingdom – 283,000 Euro (2011)
Following the country’s failure to reach the final this year in Kyiv, Mr Vulić has explained why participating in the contest remains important to the broadcaster,
This is a music contest, and the point of the story is the promotion of our country.
We do not spend money on the Eurovision Song Contest, we make money, because we make promotion state.
Slavko Kalezić finished 16th in the first semi-final of Eurovision 2017 with the song “Space”. He placed 11th on the televote with 39 points and 16th with the juries scoring 16 points. Overall the highest points received by Montenegro were 8 points from the Moldovan public and 8 points from the Azerbaijani jury.
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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, Slavko Kalezić, reached 16th in their semi-final in 2015 with their song “Space”.