Montenegro: Participation in Eurovision 2016 uncertain

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RTCG, the Montenegrin broadcaster has informed ESCToday that Montenegro’s participation at the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest is currently uncertain.

The Head of  Delegation for Montenegro Mr. Sabrija Vulic has informed  ESCToday that RTCG is yet to decide on Montenegro’s participation at the upcoming 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm and is pending at this moment. The broadcaster expects to make a decision regarding its participation in Stockholm  later this month.

The Montenegrin jury votes for the 2015 Eurovision  Song Contest grand finale were annuled and RTCG was fined by the EBU. The broadcaster has appealed to the EBU‘s ESC Reference Group to reinstate the Montenegrin jury votes and annul the fine. The EBU’s TV Committee will be meeting tomorrow Thursday 17 September and will study the case and make a deliberation. The committee’s final word regarding this issue might probably influence RTCG’s decision on its pontential ESC 2016 participation. Thus a Montenegrin participation in Stockholm currently seems rather uncertain.

The deadline for countries to apply for participation at the forthcoming Eurovision edition concluded yesterday Tuesday 15 September, hereafter all applicant countries have a grace period until 10 October to decide wether they are to stay or leave the competition without facing a financial penalty.

Montenegro entered the Eurovision family back in 2007 and is yet to win the event. The country has a tradition of selecting its Eurovision act and entry via an internal selection. In 2015 Knez flew the Montenegrin flag in Vienna with his entry Adio. It is more than likely the country will opt for an internal selection if it is to compete in Stockholm.

The deadline for countries to apply to participate at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest concluded yesterday. Hereafter applicants have a grace period until 10 October to decide wether they are to stay in or out of the competition without facing a financial penalty.

The 2016 Eurovision Song Contest is scheduled to be held on 10, 12 and 14 May at the Globe Ericsson Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.

Stay tuned to ESCToday for the latest news on Montenegro and the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest.

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