Montenegro has reportedly made their preliminary application to participate in Eurovision 2016. This follows the earlier controversy where Montenegro’s 2015 jury vote was annulled by the EBU, which led Montenegro’s head of delegation to say the country’s participation in Stockholm would be “questionable”.
Montenegro weren’t happy with their 2015 jury vote being annulled, and as wiwibloggs revealed, there were other countries with unusual voting patterns whose jury votes were still allowed. Sabrija Vulic, the Montenegrin HoD, wrote to the EBU with a number of questions on the issue.
It seems now that an amicable resolution has been reached. esctoday.com are reporting that the Montenegro broadcaster RTCG has confirmed that their preliminary application has been made. All countries have until 10 October to withdraw without penalty. Montenegro’s application brings the provisional total for 2016 up to 40 countries, equalling the final number entered in 2015.
Internal selection likely
Since 2009 Montenegro have chosen their act through internal selection, and it’s likely they would use this again for 2016.
After Montenegro’s return to the competition in 2011, the country has progressively scored better with every year. They first qualified for the final in 2014 and managed a decent 13th place in Vienna.
Their entries from 2013 onwards have all been performed in the Montenegrin language, from the avant garde “Igranka” to Knez’s popular ballad “Adio”.
Are you excited that Montenegro look to be coming to Stockholm? Who would you like to see represent Montenegro in 2016? Leave your comments below!