Only ten of the twenty seven songs submitted to represent Montenegro at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 have been deemed to be valid.
RTCG has revealed that a total of twenty seven songs have been submitted to represent Montenegro in Israel. Of the twenty seven entries, only ten of the entries met the rules of the competition and were deemed to be valid entries.
The expert commission will make the shortlist of candidates from the submissions process. Each submission will be marked against the following criteria;
- Composition – Up to 50 points
- Lyrics – Up to 30 points
- Production potential of the composition – Up to 20 points
The five shortlisted artists will be presented to the public and the public will select Montenegro’s participant.
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.