He’s the Montenegrin star who sang “Adio” at Eurovision 2015 and gave his country its best result so far.
And recently Knez — the icon behind twelve successful studio albums over two decades — reminded us of his many charms when he caught up with wiwiblogger Deban at a cafe in Belgrade.
Starting off with a short rendition of “Adio”, Knez flashes back to the Zjelko Joksimovic penned hit which secured him a spot in the grand final.
He set a high standard for the Montenegrin acts that have followed — and none have managed to reach it (if the scoreboard is a fair judge, anyway).
“I’m thinking that after all these years, somebody will get a better result than me, but that hasn’t happened,” he says.
“I was thinking that Slavko would be lucky, but luck is not enough to do well at Eurovision. You must be a good singer, good performance, good styling, good everything!”
Speaking candidly, he questions whether the powers-that-be at the broadcaster are the best-placed to choose the country’s act.
He says: “Maybe the people who organise the selection don’t have the right sense for choosing artists and performers.”
So who would he pick? Milena Vucic, whose husband Nikola Burovac was present during the interview.
It’s pretty clear that Knez would want her to sing in her native tongue.
“I didn’t sing in English…difference is good for Europe. When everyone sings in English, it is not a good concept. I wanna hear the Ukrainian language, I wanna hear Portuguese, Spanish, Italian…..for me, that’s good.”