The Head of Entertainment at RTCG has confirmed that Montevizija will not be used for Eurovision 2022 due to financial and COVID-19 pressures.
Speaking to Dnevne, Ivan Maksimović the Head of Entertainment at RTCG has confirmed that Montevizija will not be used to select the Montenegrin act for Eurovision 2022. Mr. Maksimović explained that:
The first reason is related to the costs involved in organizing the competition, and it is a large amount that, for example, can be redirected to other projects. The second reason concerns the coronavirus pandemic. We do not know what will be and how it will be, so no we would like to get into a situation where we are exposed to several months of efforts in that environment and then the competition will be uncertain.
RTCG is set to make an announcement next week regarding how the Montenegrin representative will be selected. It is likely that RTCG will return to an internal selection for the first time since 2017, Mr. Maksimović added:
We have yet to announce a competition. Maybe the greater focus will be on the commission that will deal with these things, and it is more likely that it will be a way of selection, and not through public voting. However, we will talk about it when the time comes.
The most important thing is that the authors In addition to domestic authors, bearing in mind how everything works today, that is, that there are no limits that would prevent authors from other locations to apply and offer a composition that they believe there are performers in In Montenegro, who would sing it, it is expected that they will also be represented
However, Montevizija may be brought back at a later date for another purpose. The Entertainment Director shared his thoughts saying:
I see Montevizija as a festival that, perhaps, could get bigger dimensions in the period – end of winter/beginning of spring. Maybe to ‘come out’ of RTCG studios, in order to be more accessible to a larger number of participants. That would not automatically guarantee higher quality. , but more songs would certainly contribute to the popularity
Montenegro last participated in the 2019 contest, with the band D-Mol who represented the country with the song “Heaven”. They finished up placing 16th in the first Semi-Final with 46 points.
Image Source: Eurovision.tv – Andres Putting | Source: Dnevne
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.