As Slavko Kalezic jets off to South Africa for the Judges’ Houses as part of this year’s X Factor UK, producers in Montenegro are busy planning the search for his successor.
And according to Vijesti.me, national broadcaster RTCG has decided to do that by bringing back the Montevizija national final after almost a decade of internal selections.
The country made their Eurovision debut in 2007, when Stevan Faddy won Montevizija with his entry “Ajde kroci” — the only time both song and artist were selected at the national final.
A year later, only the artist was selected from Montevizija, with Stefan Filipovic chosen by the televoting public to represent Montenegro in Belgrade. His song “Zauvijek volim te” was eventually selected internally.
Both representatives failed to qualify from the semi-finals of the Eurovision Song Contest, finishing 22nd and 14th respectively.
It’s not the most inspiring track record. But following two years of relegation, Montenegro is keen to shake things up.
Further details of the Montevizija selection process are set to be announced next month on November 1, with song submissions open by mid-December.
A five-member jury will then whittle down to the five entries for Montevizija 2018 and the winner will be decided by the televoting public. The national final itself is scheduled for February 17, 2018.
Slavko Kalezic represented Montenegro at the Eurovision Song Contest earlier this year with his entry “Space”, finishing 16th in the semi-final with 56 points.
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