It has been revealed that the candidates competing in the Montenegrin national final for Eurovision 2018, “Montevizije”, will be revealed tonight (16 January).
Ivan Maksimovic, the head of press at Montenegrin broadcaster RTCG, has revealed that the 5 entries competing in “Montevizije” will be revealed this evening from 19:30 CET. The acts will be announced on the TV show Dnevnik 2. It is as of yet unknown if the songs will be revealed tonight, or if we will simply hear a list of competing artists.
The 5 entries to be revealed tonight were chosen by a 5-person jury, made up of Ismeta Dervoz (a Bosnian TV host and musician, and two-time representative for Yugoslavia in Eurovision 1976 and 1981), Kornelije Kovač (a Serbian composer), Dejan Božović (an actor), Slaven Knezović (a Bosnian actor and producer) and Vladimir Maraš (a Serbian musician). The jury narrowed the selection down from 31 submitted entries. The rules of submission claimed that artists could be from anywhere in the world, and could submit more than one entry each. However, lyrics to their submissions must be in Montenegrin.
This year marks 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, and his song “Ajde Kroči”. A year later a national final was used to select Stefan Filipović, with his song “Zauvijek volim te” being internally selected afterwards. Since then, Montenegro have always opted for an internal selection.
“Montevizije” will be broadcast live on 17 February, with the eventual winner to be decided by a 100% public vote. The winner will go on to represent Montenegro in the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal, in May. They will follow they country’s latest representative, Slavko Kalezić, who placed 16th in his semi-final in 2017 with his song “Space”.
You can watch tonight’s announcement live via the RTCG live stream here.