Their participation in Eurovision 2017 is not yet confirmed. But Montenegro has filed a preliminary application to participate at the contest in Kyiv, giving them until October 10 to withdraw from proceedings without risk of a financial penalty. So basically they have RSVP’d but reserve the right to change their minds in the next three weeks.
Montenegro has not yet revealed how they will choose their Eurovision 2017 act should they compete. But since they returned to the contest in 2012, following a two-year absence, they have chosen their act internally (aka, the broadcaster picked behind closed doors).
They’ve only qualified for the final twice in their eight participations. These successes came back to back in 2014 and 2015 when they sent Balkan ballads — “Moj Svijet” from Sergej Cetkovic and “Adio” from Knez.
Sergej — surely you remember his figure skater — managed to climb to 19th place in the final. Then Knez — who tore it up with some fierce circular dancing — upped him by six places to come 13th, Montenegro’s best-ever finish.
Unfortunately the train of good fortune severely de-railed in Stockholm, with the rock boy band Highway finishing 13th in its semi-final and failing to qualify.
The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals — was not feeling the song, whose lyrics sounded somewhat misogynistic and dare we say rape-y. As one juror wrote:
Highway are perhaps trying to be quite sexy and seductive, talking about being “inside you” and “I’m gonna feel what my body knows”. But it comes across as quite predatory – he’s coming after her, whether she likes it or not. I like that Montenegro is sending one of their more unconventional acts (albeit an X Factorboyband transformed into a cod rock band) but the song lyrics just creep me out.
We should point out that Balkan ballads are not the only way for Montenegro to succeed.
In 2013 they sent the edgy fan favourite Who See featuring Nina Zizic. Their song “Igranka” managed to come fourth with the televoters in their semi-final. Sadly their potential success was undone by an unappreciative jury, and they finished 12th overall.
Are you excited that it looks like Montenegro will participate at Eurovision 2017? And what type of song do you want them to sing? Should it be a Balkan ballad as in 2014 and 2015? Or should they try more experimental, edgy songs as in 2013? You can let us know in the comments box below.
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