RTCG, the Montenegrin national broadcaster has confirmed to ESCToday Montenegro’s preliminary participation at the forthcoming 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv.
The Montenegrin broadcaster has applied to participate at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest and reserves the right to withdraw from the competition by 10 October, without facing a financial penalty.
RTCG is yet to reveal the mechanism it will use to select its entry and act for Kyiv.
Montenegro opted for an internal selection in order to select its 2016 Eurovision act and entry. Highway were given the honour to fly the Montenegrin flag in Stockholm with their entry The real thing. Despite an amazing performance the all boy band failed to qualify to the Grand Final.
Montenegro debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2007 and is yet to win the competition. The country achieved its best result in the contest in 2015 with Knez, placing 13th in Grand Final in Vienna.
With Montenegro in the house, 33 countries have so far confirmed their intention to participate at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.
The period for countries to apply for participation at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest concluded on 15 September. Hereafter applicant countries have a grace period until 10 October to decide if they are to stay or not in the competition without facing a financial penalty.
The final and confirmed list of the ESC 2017 participating countries is expected to be released by the EBU by late December/early January.
The 2017 Eurovision Song Contest is scheduled to be held at the IEC in Kyiv on 9, 11 and 13 May.