Montenegro is closer to revealing their entry for Kyiv, with the news that the broadcaster RTCG’s selection panel is about to get to work. The public entry period closed on 17 November and now the experts have the task of assessing the entries and selecting the performer who gets the ticket to Kyiv in May.

In a change from the recent years of closed internal selection, this year broadcaster RTCG opened things up to the public. The broadcaster held a public submission period for interested Montenegrin artists. Now it’s up to the expert panel to sift through the entries and internally select the song for Kyiv.

The panel is made up of RTCG promotions boss Sabrija Vulic, RTCG radio music editors Nada Vucinic and Vladimir Maras, RTCG television music editor Slaven Knezovic, and RTCG television entertainment editor Ivan Maksimovic.

Speaking to local media, Vulic said the panel would likely have their first meeting on Wednesday — today. Their initial task will be to see how many songs have been entered and what names are in contention — they don’t even know that yet.

The panel will sort through the entries and, according to Vulic, should have made their decision by “the end of next week” — early December. Once the panel has made their pick, the selection then goes to the director-general of RTCG Rade Vojvodic for approval. Last year Vojvodic selected his son Luka’s band, Highway.

There’s no word on when the confirmed act will be announced to the public.

Montenegro at Eurovision

Since their 2012 comeback, the smallest Balkan nation has always used internal selection, with mixed results at Eurovision. They’ve twice made the grand final, both times with emotional Balkan ballads that captured the hearts of their neighbours.

Montenegro’s most recent act was the X Factor boy band Highway. Their edgy rock song “The Real Thing” placed 13th in the first semi-final in Stockholm. While Montenegro only managed to pick up televote points from neighbouring Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, they had better luck with juries. Jury members in San Marino, Malta and Azerbaijan were especially impressed by Highway’s stoner rock sound.

What do you think? What sort of song should Montenegro send to Kyiv? Share your thoughts below!

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MoreMusicLessGlamourPlease
MoreMusicLessGlamourPlease
3 years ago

@ Denis – I agree 🙂

Indeed, they are at their best when they do something uncompromised. Igranka was brilliant.

As for “The Real Thing” – it was INDEED the real thing. Definately up there among the best entries this year I think. The expert jury wanted it to qualify

Denis
Denis
3 years ago

I love Montenegro! They send what they like without caring if it will fit in or if it will be liked.
Like that approach. Even if the results most of the time turns out to be interesting rather than good.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
3 years ago

@CookyMonzta – Two of my favourite Eurovision songs! The thing is that Montenegro need to have a quality, proven performer.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
3 years ago

Go back to the male balladeers. Sergej and Knez brought quality to the stage, and both made the final. I wouldn’t be surprised if they chose either one again.

Luka Doži?
Luka Doži?
3 years ago

@Stephanie you actually didn’t understand a word I said, but anyway…
Just see this situation, when Vasilije get chosen (if?) do not try to be his friend and support him 🙂 I followed you in all the ESC groups. 🙂 that is all I am going to say 🙂

Stephanie
3 years ago

Luka, I do not believe you – I did research into your claims 1. There were 2 seasons of “Let ka Zvijezdama” in Montenegro – 2012 and 2013. I did not see any news, images or videos of Vasilije winning anywhere (and besides, how can he win a singing competition if he can’t sing?) 2. The 2012 series of “Ja imam talenat” (series 3) does not have him listed in any of its semifinals. 3. A source from a writer at ESCUnited says he did participate in X Factor Adria series 1, but he got 4 “no” votes when the… Read more »

Luka Doži?
Luka Doži?
3 years ago

Oh, and I am sorry I wrote a roman haha, i just wanted to explain everything as no one actually talked to Vasilije before passing the information forward 😉

Luka Doži?
Luka Doži?
3 years ago

@Stephanie I have to disappoint you, but everything you said is based on untrue information. I am coming from Montenegro. Vasilije gets every media talking about him and he is being very popular in here, I wouldn’t be sad or surprised if he represented us at Eurovision, because it would be very well deserved. Just so you found that information on the page, you can’t give your explanations about it if you just read the information you find online, you have to be in contact with someone who is really somehow connected to Vasilije and is being from his home… Read more »

beccaboo1212
3 years ago

We want more former JESC stars at the adult’s contest, as long as they’re at least 16 years of age! I’m seriously hoping for Maša Vujadinoi? or Jana Mirkovi?! Fingers crossed! 😀

Stephanie
3 years ago

People, you can absolutely forget about Vasilije representing ANY country at Eurovision whatsoever – the Montenegrin panel would be deaf to choose him due to his inability to sing and his habit of stealing other people’s music to pass off as his own (see Robyn’s articles about him). He’s also lied about his talent show record – according to his music page on Facebook he was runner-up in “The Voice of Italy” (he never participated), a semifinalist in “Serbia’s Got Talent (he never participated), 5th place in “X Factor Adria” (he auditioned, but got four “no” votes because he was… Read more »

Mario
Mario
3 years ago

Vasilije calling, I already see Perfume at stage in Kyiv…

esconly
esconly
3 years ago

I hope to send a ballad with their own elements…all of these in the past were perfect

Gigu
Gigu
3 years ago

Are they selecting the song or only the artists?