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!

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Shaun Trebles
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Shaun Trebles

I just think they wanted some attention… they were never gonna withdraw!

Daniel
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Daniel

@Azaad, don’t forget Serbia and Australia.

Daniel
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Daniel

“Igranka” will always be my favourite song of theirs, why I do not know..

Comi
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Comi

@Robyn I’ll have to disagree about that ‘magic formula’, last time we used green and yellow was with Who See & Nina Zizic, and if there weren’t juries who pulled them to 14th, we would’ve been 4th with public 🙂
Anyway, I’m so happy we’re in it, hopefully this time we might enter the top 10 😀

Erin
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Erin

@Mario – We can make it to 44 with Australia and perhaps another ‘bombshell’ surprise which might be brewing up somewhere under our nose (Faroe Islands anyone?). I have a feeling many countries are tempted to jump on the bandwagon and make it to Stockholm as it will mark 60 years since the first contest aired, not to mention the reputation of the venue in terms of production standards).

Mario esc-fan
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Mario esc-fan

Oh…Thanks 4 letting me know about this info Erin..

Azaad
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Azaad

If we get Portugal, Croatia and Moldova to confirm then we’ll have 42.

Erin
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Erin

We couldn’t possibly reach 50 because the EBU restricts the number of participants to a maximum of 46 and that’s unlikely to change in the near future.

Mario esc-fan
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Mario esc-fan

Oh 😛 hehe.. 🙂 Last year 12 months ago Montenegro was the first country that revealed its act 4 Vienna’s Vision as i recall.. If Montenegro & San Marino stay with us adding all the 5 countries{Bulgaria,Ukraine,Croatia,Bosnia,Turkey} we will have a new record number of participant countries in our Vision that will be 44 countries! 😀 The record of 43 countries from the Vision of Dusseldorf back in 2011 will get beaten then.. 🙂 Really pity that Slovakia will not join us because we could increase this number even more! I believe that in the future we can possibly reach… Read more »

Erin
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Erin

Magic o magic una fata morgana…in 2009 they used a blue/purple backdrop and just missed one spot to qualify to the final…
My all time favorite Montenegrin entry is the forgettable ‘Ajde, Kroci’ which goes like: “Hide your crotchy, wash it down with scotchy…’ reminds me of an animated action hero theme song you just can’t get out of my head like Montenegro’s guilty pleasure of 2009…(I mean that hot mess male dancer Nikola Tomasevic…)

Robyn Gallagher
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Robyn Gallagher

When Montenegro uses a green/yellow backdrop, they do poorly. When they use a blue/purple backdrop, they do well. There, that’s the magic formula.

Mario esc-fan
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Mario esc-fan

Good 4 them that they will not gonna withdraw from our Vision i guess…Although we can’t still be 100% sure about that…Anyway..
After their GreAtY triumph in Vienna this year with their own big Hero Knez that succeeded the best ever result 4 Montenegro it would not be really wise 4 Montenegrins to leave & say *adio* to us..
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So other than Montenegro we are still uncertain about the sure participation of countries like : Bosnia,Croatia & especially about Turkey..
Bulgaria & Ukraine will most likely be in Stockholm’s Vision..
Unfortunately Slovakia will not be with us..