Montenegro will be competing in the Eurovision Song Contest next year in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Montenegrin broadcaster RTCG have confirmed to ESCToday that they will be participating in next year’s Eurovision Song Contest. No further details on how they will select their participant have been revealed, however they opted to use a national selection format for the 2018 contest.
Montenegro was represented by Vanja Radovanovic at the 2018 contest in Lisbon, Portugal. With his song “Inje”, he placed 16th in the semi-final.
The provisional list of participating countries is now up to 36, with more confirmations expected within the next few months. Countries such as Armenia, Australia, Hungary, and Moldova all participated in the 2018 contest, but haven’t made any statements regarding their 2019 participation.
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”.