They are one of four countries that is returning to a national final to select their act for Eurovision 2018. Now Montenegro‘s broadcaster RTCG has opened entry submissions for the relaunched Montevizija 2018. And they’re accepting entries from songwriters of any nationality.
The broadcaster has published the rules for the new national final. It’s brief, but it outlines the requirements for entry.
Montenegro — one of the smallest countries in Europe — is casting the net wide. The national final is open to songwriters from any country. However, some form of local cooperation will be needed — the rules also require that songs are written in the official language of Montenegro. That means lyrics will either have to be written in or translated to Montenegrin. It’s not clear if this also includes the other officially used languages, Serbian, Bosnian, Albanian or Croatian.
Artists can also submit up to two songs. It’s not clear if it’s possible for both songs to end up in the national final. As we saw with Germany’s 2017 national final, this isn’t always a good idea.
The rules also say that RTCG is looking for “fun and popular music”. They apparently haven’t been swayed by Salvador Sobral’s rant against “fastfood music”.
Song submission is being done anonymously. The selection committee will listen to the entries without knowing who is behind them. They’ll only learn who is behind the songs once the long list has been decided.
The five-member committee will rate the songs on three criteria: composition (up to 50 points), lyrics (up to 30 points) and production potential (up to 20 points). This adds up to a maximum of 100 points. From this, five entries will be selected for the grand final of Montevizija 2018, scheduled to take place on February 17, 2018.
Entries for Montevizija 2018 opened today and will close on 15 December 2018.
What do you think? Can Montevizija select a winning song for Montenegro? Who should represent Montenegro in Lisbon? Tell us what you reckon.