Montenegro: RTCG unveils the five finalists of Montevizija 2019

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Four women and one music band are those who are going to fight for Montenegro’s ticket to Eurovision! A few moments ago, the country’s national broadcaster RTCG gave details about the 5 selected entries which are this year’s Montevizija finalists!

Among the 5 shortlisted acts, we can also meet the artist Andrea Demirović, who defended Montenegro’s colours at the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 in Moscow, with the pop song Just get out of my life. Andrea had been eliminated in the semi-finals, where she came 11th.

The participants

Here are the names and song titles of the 5 contestants! Who should fly to Tel Aviv?

  1. Nina PetkovićUzmi ili ostavi
    Music: Bojan Momčilović and Zoran Radonjić
    Lyrics: Nina Petković
  2. Monika KnezovićNepogrješiva
    Music: Vladimir Graić-Graja and Ivan Branisavljević
    Lyrics: Snežana Vukomanović
  3. D-MollTi
    Music: Dejan Božović
    Lyrics: Aleksandar Miličić
  4. Ivana Popović-MartinovićNevinost
    Music: Slavko Milovanović, Vladan Popović-Popa and Marko Milatović
    Lyrics: Ivana Popović-Martinović
  5. Andrea DemirovićJa sam ti san
    Music: Andrea Demirović, Michael James Down and Primož Poglajen
    Lyrics: Andrea Demirović

Returning artists are also Ivana Popović-Martinović and Nina Petković, who both took part at Montevizija 2018, won by Vanja Radovanović, who went on to represent Montenegro in Lisbon with Inje. Let’s see, will one of them make it to Eurovision this time?

The five members of the appointed jury panel that evaluated and chose the 5 songs above are:

  • Vladimir Maras, music composer (jury’s president)
  • Aleksandra Vojvodić Jovović, Master of Music and Opera Soloists
  • Branka Banović, Editorial office of the music program of RTCG
  • Mihailo Radonjić, music composer
  • Slobodan Bučevac, music composer

Following the artists’ revelation, RTCG is expected to reveal the date of their national selection event in the weeks to come.

Montenegro at Eurovision 2018

The country of former Yugoslavia entered the Eurovision house as a sovereign state in 2007, having missed two contests since (2010, 2011). Montenegro struggled to qualify to the Grand Final for the first time, as they did 7 seven years after their debut, in 2014. The best result for the Balkan nation so far is a 13th place, achieved by Knez in 2015.

In 2018, RTCG decided to bring back a national selection format and organized the newly-introduced Montevizija competition. It was won by Vanja Radovanović, who subsequently represented the country in Lisbon. With his song Inje, he was eliminated in the second semi-final, coming 16th with 40 points.

The 64th Eurovision Song Contest will be taking place on 14, 16 and 18 May 2018 at the EXPO Convention Center in Tel Aviv, Israel. As announced by the EBU and the host broadcaster KAN, the contest’s slogan is going to be “Dare to Dream“.