Radio i Televizija Crne Gore (RTCG), the Montenegrin national broadcaster, has confirmed it’s intention to participate in Eurovision 2018.
Whilst the broadcaster has not confirmed participation, it has submitted the required documentation to the EBU in order to participate in Lisbon. 2018 will be the 10th time that Montenegro has competed as an independent country after making it’s debut in 2007. It did not participate in 2010 or 2011. Montenegro’s best result to date was Knez’s 13th place in Vienna 2015.
The method of selection for the 2018 Montenegrin participant is unconfirmed although, in recent years, Montenegro has used an internal selection. In 2017, Slavko Kalezić and his song Space failed to reach the Grand Final in Kyiv. Slavko’s highest points were 8 points from the Moldovan televote and 8 points from the Azerbaijani jury. However, he managed only 16th place, ahead of Slovenia and Latvia.
Earlier this year, Eurovoix reported that RTCG suffered a significant dip in commercial sponsorship for Montenegro’s participation in the 2017 contest. The total cost of Montenegro’s Eurovision 2017 participation was 115,000 Euro with a participation fee of 26,000 Euro, one of the smallest in the contest.
At the time of writing, 36 countries are confirmed to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 which will take place in the MEO Arena in Lisbon on 8, 10 and 12 May 2018.
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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”.