RTCG has admitted that they will be reviewing songs submitted to the broadcaster, after a mistake was found in the English rules.
A mistake in the English language rules for the Montenegrin selection for Eurovision 2019, is leading to RTCG reviewing the submissions that they received. The English language rules stated that song submissions were to be accepted up to November 28, which did not match with the rules outlined in the Montenegrin language document.
RTCG will now be reviewing all of the songs that it received up to November 28, and check whether the songs that had previously deemed as not valid, were in fact valid entries for the contest. The broadcaster stated that they will inform the public of the final number of valid submissions as soon as possible.
It had previously been announced that only 10 of the 27 songs received by RTCG were valid entries. Once the issue has been resolved, the expert commission will create a shortlist of participants 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.