The final of Montevizija 2019 will take place on February 9th.
Montenegrin broadcaster RTCG has revealed that the final of Montevizija 2019 will broadcast live at the beginning of February. Five artists will battle it out for the chance to represent their country at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel.
The five acts include Andrea Demirović who previously represented Montenegro at the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 with “Just Get Out of My Life”. The five acts are:
- Nina Petković – Uzmi ili ostavi (Take it or leave it)
- Monika Knezović – Nepogrješiva (Unbelievable)
- D-Moll Band – Ti (You)
- Ivana Popović Martinović – Nevinost (Innocence)
- Andrea Demirović – Ja sam ti san (I am your dream)
Each of the submissions that were deemed to be valid by RTCG were marked against the following criteria;
- Composition – Up to 50 points
- Lyrics – Up to 30 points
- Production potential of the composition – Up to 20 points
RTCG had previously stated that the five selected songs would then face the public in Montevizija 2019. The public was then going to vote on the act that they wanted to see represent Montenegro in Tel Aviv next May. RTCG has now stated the songs will be going in to a second stage of the selection, but has not stated what the second stage is.
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.