RTCG—Montenegro’s state broadcaster—has selected Nenad Knezevic, better known as Knez, to sing at Eurovision. In doing so they have bypassed Montenegro’s trendy young things and gone for a 46-year-old musical veteran. Today’s news confirms previous speculation from Montenegrin sources, including Vesti online.

Knez — that means “duke” or “prince” in Montenegrin — came to prominence in the early 1990s, after he competed in the 1992 Belgrade Pop Festival with “Dal si ikada mene voljela”. It may sound dated to us today, but it was wildly popular in Yugoslavia, which explains Knez’s pan-Balkan fan base. We’ll forgive him for the leather vest. The 90s were cruel to many…

In 2000 he won the Budva Festival with the song “Vjeruj”. Once again it has a strong regional sound and some major feel-good factor. And look—he cut that hair!

He’s also composed and produced for big-time Turbofolk artists, including Ceca. Below you can hear their collaboration “Mrtvo more”.

http://youtu.be/Uk2F2WDiKMU

And here’s one of his latest singles “Donna”

http://youtu.be/9c7UPBiNa44

What do you think of Knez’s music? Can he take Montenegro back to the final?

You can follow Knez on Twitter

Photo: Story Press

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CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
5 years ago

If they can give him a song like Sergej’s, he should qualify. If not, they have some ‘splainin’ to do.

So, what does this mean? Montenegro is closed for consideration, yes? Which country is next to finalize their selection?

b
b
5 years ago

Montenegro should send the following guys next years:

– Ekrem Jevri? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgNkJfTfHa4
– Jugoslav Edo Puraševi? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxKuSkZxE24
– The BookS of Knjige http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TINumweM1fw
– Milena Vu?i? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frK7mLDBcOk

Omar
Omar
5 years ago

Guys, don’t be so negative please, let’s wait for the actual song…

Even though, I must say that having Serbia back in the competition (and with ambicious plans) Montenegro has less chances to advance to the grand final.

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
5 years ago

He looks like a sexy magician/hypnotist. Look into the eyes…

Ali Nella Houd
Ali Nella Houd
5 years ago

Will Knez go well in Vienna? K’noath!

LEAPerce
LEAPerce
5 years ago

Eurgh, that most recent single as hideous. If the song sounds like that, it will not get past the semis. No. Freakin’. Way.

Mavision
Mavision
5 years ago

At first I was like “oh god no” >.< "another random old guy" but then the more I listen he isn't so bad, with the right song he could scrape through the to the finals! Good luck Montenegro.

Cinnamon
Cinnamon
5 years ago

Wasn’t Knez on ‘Tvoje lice zvu?i poznato’ with Sara Jovanovi? from Moje 3?

beccaboo1212
5 years ago

NOOOOOOOOOOOO(commercial break)OOOOOOOO! WHYYYYYYYYYY?

jr esc nl
jr esc nl
5 years ago

i like vjeruj with a good song he could make the final for the second time for montenegro

jr esc nl
jr esc nl
5 years ago

bavarson don’t talk bs the last two songs of greece were trash romanias miracle was a disaster and russia’s songs are very average

bavarson
bavarson
5 years ago

Montenengro has no ambition in this competition. This is not Serbia, Russia, Ukraine, Sweden, Romania, Greece, Azerbaijan or Armenia. You have to wait for songs of these countries.

ESCFan
ESCFan
5 years ago

I guess Montenegro will not qualified from semi final

Zac
Zac
5 years ago

I do like his folk style, though it’s not exactly suited for Eurovision.

Britz26
5 years ago

I don’t like it. Montenegro will not qualify for the final this year 🙁

David
David
5 years ago

It seems like a suitable choice by Montenegro. But without the perfect song this will fall flat I fear

Ephraim
Ephraim
5 years ago

So they are just repeating what worked last year…so what? if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. None of you were mad when Germany sent Lena back to back…

Daniel
Daniel
5 years ago

Oooooh…..

John Lucas
5 years ago

His songs seem very… Balkan. Which is great, I love to hear a national flavour and I hope he sings in Montenegrin. But he’ll need a really strong melody to appeal outside the former Yugoslav Republics I think. Hopefully no dated soft-rock or songs that sound like Ricky Martin B-sides.

Yudhistira Mahasena
5 years ago

I thought it was Sergej again -___- But I’m sure Knez will qualify for the final!

Luis Felipe Cavalcanti
Luis Felipe Cavalcanti
5 years ago

maybe you guys would be more interested in something newer from him. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9c7UPBiNa44

Deniz@TurkNL
5 years ago

I hope he can bring them to the final again!