Two months ago, Montenegrin public broadcaster RTCG announced they had internally selected the outré and totally fabulous singer Slavko Kalezic for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. We learned that the out-of-this-world singer would sing a song called “Space” — but no other information has flowed. Until now.
On Saturday Slavko posted a photograph on his Instagram account that revealed the production team behind his Eurovision song. And it’s not just any team. It’s stacked with heavyweights Stefan Örn, Jovan Radomir and Johan Kronlund, suggesting Slavko is going big and he is not going home.
Slavko didn’t hide his excitement about working with Örn, who is known for writing several very successful entries for Azerbaijan — including the Eurovision 2011 winner “Running Scared”.
“Working with Stefan Örn was really amazing,” he told wiwibloggs in an exclusive interview. “I’m deeply touched by his energy dedicated to me. He couldn’t hide his enthusiasm about my singing and artistic being.”
“We gathered our art and I think we made a little Eurovision masterpiece, which will live on years and years after Eurovision. This is just the beginning of our collaboration and I can’t hardly wait to go back to Sweden.”
“I’m honoured to work with Stefan. He gave me so much beautiful and useful advice.”
The former X Factor Adria star isn’t the only one excited about the result.
Momcilo Zekovic, one of the composers of “Space”, told RTCG: “I am overwhelmed by how everything turned out.”
“I think we were very lucky to have worked in a top-class studio with top-class professionals. Everything that was expected from Slavko was done in less than two days.”
The first snippet of “Space” is expected to be released in early March.
In Kyiv, Montenegro will compete in the first semi-final, which will take place on 9 May.
Stefan Örn’s Eurovision track record
Örn, Swedish musician and songwriter, has gained a name within Eurovision circles for writing entries for Azerbaijan in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014.
Örn’s first three compositions — “Drip Drop”, “Running Scared” and “When the Music Dies” — all finished within the top five in their respective editions, with “Running Scared” actually winning the contest in 2011.
His successful track record ended in 2014 with “Start a Fire”, which landed in the Bottom 5 of the grand final in 22nd position. We should note that the studio version of the song was strong — but the staging left a lot to be desired.
In 2012, Örn collaborated with Ruslana, the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2004, on her international album My Boo (Together!).
Montenegro at Eurovision
Montenegro debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2007. However, it took them seven years to finally make the grand final. Their 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2013 entries all stalled in the semifinals.
In 2014, Sergej Cetkovic’s “Moj svijet” finally took this small Balkan country to the final, where it placed 19th. Next year, Montenegro was represented by Knez, who sang the Zeljko Joksimovic-penned “Adio” and eventually placed 13th.
Unfortunately, Highway, who performed the rock tune “The Real Thing” in Stockholm, reversed the trend by finishing 13th in their semi-final.
Montenegro did not take part in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2010 and 2011.