Montenegro has chosen! After weeks of behind-the-scenes deliberations RTCG today announced that Slavko Kalezic will represent the Balkan nation at Eurovision 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine. He will sing the as yet to be released “Space”.
The track is written by Momcilo Zekovic, a member of the popular group Perper.
Who is Slavko Kalezic?
Like Highway last year, Slavko Kalezic is also a graduate of X Factor Adria. But Kalezic is more than just your average talent show wannabe.
The guy is talented! He graduated from the Montenegrin National Theatre, specialising in singing and dancing. He’s also dabbled in acting and TV presenting — he even hosted an episode of X Factor Adria.
He’s gone on to release several singles including “Culprit” and “Feel the Love”, and his debut album Dreams of Eternity dropped two years ago.
A quick perusal of the rising star’s Instagram feed suggests that the man is both extremely athletic and flamboyant — two qualities which never go amiss at Eurovision. As the evidence below shows, he’s most definitely not shy!
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.