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Montenegro: RTCG To Open Submissions Process Shortly

RTCG will formally launch their search for the Montenegrin Eurovision 2019 participant in the next week.

The council of RTCG has adpoted a measure allowing the Montenegrin broadcaster to launch its selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. The council that oversees RTCG approved a two changes to the way in which the broadcaster will carry out their Eurovision selection process;

  • Songs will be allowed to be performed in either Montenegrin or English
  • From the end of the songs submission process the broadcaster will have 30 days to review the songs, this is a decrease from 45 days

The broadcaster now has seven days to publicly state how they will select their singer and song for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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 singer had faced calls for his withdrawal from the competition in the hours before his performance, due to comments made at a press conference.

Source: RTCG

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”.

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