Montenegro: RTCG confirms preliminary participation in Eurovision 2019

by Sanjay (Sergio) Jiandani 3,646 views

RTCG, the Montenegrin national broadcaster, has confirmed to ESCToday Montenegro’s preliminary participation at the forthcoming 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv.

The Montegrin broadcaster has applied to compete at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest and hopes to join the list of countries who will participate in Tel Aviv. It highly likely that Montenegro will join the competition in Israel next year.

The deadline for broadcasters to apply for participation concluded on 15 September and the grace period for applicant countries to withdraw their application without facing a financial penalty concludes in mid October.

RTCG is yet to determine the mechanism it will use in order to select its Eurovision entry and act for Tel Aviv.

Montenegro in Eurovision

Montenegro debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest as a solo country in 2007 with Stefan Faddy and is yet to win the competition. The country achieved its best results in the contest in 2015 withe Knez‘s Balkan ballad Adio.

The former Yugoslav republic has only made it to the Eurovision Grand Final on two occasions, namely in 2014 and 2015. The Balkan country has competed in Europe’s favourite television show 10 times.

In 2018 Montenegro brought back its epic national final Montevizija in order to select its Eurovision representative. Vanja Radovanovic was crowned the winner of Montevizija 2018 and flew to Lisbon to defend the Montenegrin colours at the Eurovision Song Contest with his entry Inje. Despite a great peformance Montenegro failed to qualify to the Grand Final for the third consecutive year.

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