RTCG has this afternoon launched Montenegro’s search for their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel.
RTCG, the Montenegrin national broadcaster, has today launched its search for their entry for Eurovision 2019. From today for the next 30 days, singers and songwriters will be able to submit their entries to the broadcaster.
This years selection process is being held in two parts. The first stage will see all of the submissions listened to by RTCG and its panel. The panel will not be able to see who has written or performed the song, all submissions at this point are anonymous.
If the song makes it through the first stage, then an envelope containing the lyrics of the song, details of the songwriter and performer(s) and their respective biographies will be opened. The submission will then be scored.
The submissions will be scored against the following criteria:
- Composition – Up to 50 points
- Lyrics – Up to 30 points
- Production potential of the composition – Up to 20 points
RTCG has not stated whether the song that receives the most points will be internally selected to represent Montenegro, or will progress to a televised selection.
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.
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.