The show just keeps getting bigger and bigger, y’all! Hot on the heels of Italy announcing its Junior Eurovision debut, Montenegro has announced that it’s coming to the party too. That brings the number of participating nations to 11. It looks like Sergej Cetkovic’s success bringing Montenegro to their first ever adult Eurovision final in Copenhagen this year has breathed some new life into Podgorica!
Vladislav Yakovlev, the Executive Supervisor of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, had some welcoming words for Montenegro that he shared with junioreurovision.tv.
“I’d like to welcome Montenegro to the Junior Eurovision family. They qualified to the Eurovision Song Contest final for the first time this year, and I hope they will also enjoy the experience of participating in Junior Eurovision as well.”
Despite being their first participation as an independent state, Montenegro did participate a single time in 2005 as part of Serbia & Montenegro. Filip Vucic sang the song “Ljubav Pa Fudbal” (Love, Then Football). They didn’t ignite the scoreboard, and finished 13th out of 16 nations. Hopefully with some fresh young Balkan talent, they’ll rake in some serious points this year. Welcome to the party Montenegro!