You may remember the post we made last year about Vasilije Ojdanic, the Montenegrin teen who claimed he had been selected to represent his country at Eurovision 2016. Except obviously he hadn’t, with Highway rocking Globen instead. Now Vasilije is again saying that he’ll be headed to Eurovision. But is there any truth to his claims? Let’s investigate.
Vasilije and “Better World”
Earlier in the week, wiwibloggs received this email from “Eurovision Daily” (not to be confused with the legit Eurovision blog ESCdaily):
I am up to inform you everything we know in Montenegro about the upcoming 2017 contest.
Ivan Maksimovic recently talked on the TV about ESC. He said that Montenegro will officially confirm Eurovision 2017 participation in the first days of August.
As for the representative he has said that he talked with two popular singers in our country, Milena Vucic who self-expressed the wish to represent the country and Vasilije Ojdanic who has been in touch with Eurovision recently. Milena hasn’t made any progress about the song yet, but Vasilije has already sent 3 demo songs to RTCG and they said that they will begin talks with the singer soon, as he seems to be better option for the country, because a lot of people and Eurovision fandom know him. This time he is doing everything regularly, and it’s very possible that he will be Montenegrin representative.
I just wanted to share what we know with you.
Best wishes from Montenegro!
Was this true? This mysterious correspondent was adamant that it was happening, that Vasilije would sing “Better World” and Highway would mentor him.
Then the Instagram account @highwaytrio (which we have confirmed has no association with the band Highway) posted this:
But Vasilije was quick to post this in response:
GUYS, THIS IS NOT OFFICIAL. I am not SELECTED to represent the country, but I have sent 3 Demo songs to RTCG’s Ivan Maksimovic and it’s all between Milena Vucic (@milena_vucic) and me. But I hope to get to that stage in Ukraine!
RTCG are not interested
We reached out to the Montenegrin broadcaster RTCG and a spokesperson confirmed that the broadcaster was definitely not in talks with Vasilije Ojdanic, saying it sounded like someone was trolling.
Just remember, the only candidate who is under actual consideration by RTCG at the moment is Milena Vucic – and even that is an informal consideration.
We’ll repeat our advice to Vasilije from 2015: if you’re genuinely serious about entering Eurovision, make it a long-term goal. Really commit to your craft. Get some voice lessons, work on your performance technique and learn how to entertain a live audience. Come back in
10 9 years and then we’ll talk.
Until then, let’s enjoy some of Vasilije’s latest home recordings – Montenegrin versions of “Cool Me Down” and “Lighthouse”, only one of which uses copious Autotune.