Montenegro will use a national final to select their Eurovision 2018 participant, according to reports.
Montenegrin news website vijesti.me has reported that Montenegro will use a national final format to select their next Eurovision entrant. Vladan Mićunović, director of Montenegrin broadcaster RTCG, stated that a total of five songs will compete in the show, and the winner will be decided by only the public. “Montevizija 2018” will take place on the 17th of February next year.
A call for participating songs will be made in November. These songs will then be presented in front of a panel of five music professionals from Montenegro and two from the region, who will then pick the five songs that will participate in the show.
This is the first time in 10 years that Montenegro will use a national final to select their Eurovision entrant. In the country’s debut in 2007, Montenegro used the national final “MontenegroSong” to select their first ever Eurovision entrant, Stevan Faddy with his song “Ajde Kroči”. A year later the same format was used to select Stefan Filipović and his song “Zauvijek volim te”. Since then, Montenegro have opted for internal selection.
This year Montenegro was represented by Slavko Kalezić, who placed 16th in the semi-final with his song “Space”. Since then, he’s gone on to take part in The X Factor UK.
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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 2017 with their song “Space”.