The five acts that will compete in Montevizija have been revealed.
Montenegrin broadcaster RTCG has announced the five artists and the names of the songs that will participate in Montevizija. The five acts are:
- Lorena Janković – “Dušu Mi Daj”
- Nina Petković – “Dišem”
- Katarina Bogićević – “Neželjena”
- Ivana Popović Martinović – “Poljupci”
- Vanja Radovanović – “Inje”
Montevizija will be held on February 17. It will be used to select the Montenegrin entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. This will be the first time in 10 years, that Montenegro will use a national final to choose their participant for Eurovision.
RTCG received 31 submissions for Montevizija. A jury consisting of singer Ismeta Dervoz, composer Kornelije Kovač, actor and composer Dejan Božović, composer Slaven Knezović and singer Vladimir Maraš have chosen the five songs, that will compete in the national final. The results of the final will be decided solely by public voting.
The rules of Montevizija stated that artists and composers from all over the world would be able to submit their entries, but the entry would have to be sung in Montenegrin. Artists could submit up to two entries each.
Last year, Montenegro was represented by Slavko Kalezić in Kyiv, Ukraine. His entry “Space” placed 16th in his semi-final.
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” placed 19th in the final. 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”.