Vanja Radovanović has confirmed that “Inje”, his song for Eurovision 2018 will remain in Montenegrin for the competition in May.
Montenegro’s Eurovision 2018 participant Vanja Radovanović has confirmed to local press that he will not be changing the language that “Inje” is performed in. Speaking to Cafe del Montenegro, Vanja commented:
We also present the language, not just music. It’s more natural. Music is not a book, you do not have to translate it to understand it, but you understand it no matter which language. We do not say in Montenegro the songs should be in English. It’s not excluded that we will make a version in English, but we will sing on our own in May,
Vanja also thanked the public for selecting him as the tenth singer to represent Montenegro at the Eurovision Song Contest, adding;
Thanks to everyone who cheered on the song, I was here only the performer of the song that is most important
Performing in the final of Montevizija 2018 were:
- Nina Petković – “Dišem”
- Vanja Radovanović – “Inje” – Winner
- Ivana Popović Martinović – “Poljupci”
- Katarina Bogićević – “Neželjena” (2nd place)
- Lorena Janković – “Dušu Mi Daj” (3rd place)
In the top 3 were Vanja Radovanović, Katarina Bogićević, and Lorena Janković. The interval act featured Slavko Kalezić who represented the country in last year’s contest in Kyiv, Ukraine. His entry “Space” placed 16th in his semi-final. This was the first time since 2008 that Montenegro used a national final to choose their participant for Eurovision.
Source: Cafe del Montenegro
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”.