The revamped version of “Inje”, Montenegro’s entry for Eurovision 2018 has been revealed this evening by RTCG.
Vanja Radovanović’s revamped entry for the Eurovision Song Contest, “Inje” has been officially released this evening. Vanja was selected in early February to represent Montenegro in Lisbon and has since undergone a revamp ahead of the contest in May. Watch the official music video below:
The music video was shot in Kotor, Stari Bar, Valdanos and Cetinje and and differs from previous music videos for the Eurovision Song Contest from Montenegro. Director of the music video, Gojko Berkuljan explained that unlike the earlier ones, which most often had a classical tourist character, this video presents Montenegro in a different, fairy-tale, light. This happens through the use of Victorian costumes and a timeless story that relies on the ambience of “Inje”.
Vanja Radovanović was born on 28 October 1982 in Belgrade, Serbia (formerly Yugoslavia). His musical career kicked off in 2004, where he made his first appearance at Music Festival Budva. At this event, he received an award for the best debutant of the festival. He participated in the same festival a year later with the song “Krila olovna”, which became a hit in Montenegro and Serbia. In 2006, he performed at Beovizija with his song “Kad me jednom za te ne bude”. From then onwards, he participated in many festivals, released numerous singles, and even formed a band in 2007.
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”.