It’s one of at least five countries who have returned to a national final to select their act for Eurovision 2018. And Montenegro‘s broadcaster RTCG is wasting no time in getting on to selecting the acts that will compete in the revamped Montevizija 2018.
RTCG has confirmed that a total of 31 entries have been received for the new national final. The last time we checked in with them, in mid-December, RTCG director Vladan Micunovic revealed that ‘more than 20’ entries had been received. He said they were expecting at least 30 by final count.
And they did indeed reach that number. The selection panel now has the task of listening to the 31 songs and deciding which five acts will make it to the Montevizija final.
The process is anonymous. The selection panel will only know who is behind each entry after they have listened to the songs.
Last month, RTCG’s radio editor Vladimir Maras explained the selection process in more detail. He said the five-member selection jury was looking for the quality of the composition, as well as the production potential. Three of the selection jury were from Montenegro, while the other two were recognised the regional music industry.
Maras also noted that for Montenegro, having a song that makes it to the Eurovision grand final would be considered an “extraordinary success”.
Montevizija will be held on 17 February at the Hilton Podgorica hotel.
RETURN TO MONTEVIZIJA
Having used internal selection since 2012, Montenegro is now returning to their national final Montevizija. Montenegro last used a national final in their first two years at Eurovision, 2007 and 2008.
This time Montenegro — one of the smallest countries in Europe — has cast the net wide. When entries opened on 1 November, the contest was open to songwriters from any country. However, some form of local cooperation was still needed — the rules also required that songs be written in the official language of Montenegro. That means lyrics will either have to be written in or translated to Montenegrin. It’s not clear if this also includes the other officially used languages, Serbian, Bosnian, Albanian or Croatian.
Montenegro has qualified for the Eurovision grand final twice, both times with Balkan ballads. In 2014, Sergej Cetkovic placed 19th with “Moj svijet”, while the following year Knez placed 13th with “Adio”.