Montenegro broadcaster RTCG has opened entries for its 2019 national selection. However this year, the broadcaster hasn’t confirmed if they will again use the national final Montevizija.
RTCG published the entry details on their website. The requirements are largely the same as the 2018 contest, which was also used to select entries for the revamped national final Montevizija.
The news also ends speculation that Montenegro might use the 1in360 talent show format as their 2019 national final.
Montenegro — one of the smallest countries in Europe — is casting the net wide. The national final is open to songwriters from any country, and songwriters can each enter up to two entries.
Unlike last year — when entries had to have lyrics written in Montenegrin — this year songs will be accepted written in either Montenegrin or English.
The contest is again looking for “entertaining and popular” music, but it’s unclear how strict this criteria is. While it was a requirement for 2018, the eventual winner of Montevizija was Vanja Radovanović’s ballad “Inje” which placed only 16th in its semi-final.
And like 2018, song entries will be made anonymously. Entrants are required to submit a demo of their song on CD or USB in a “large white envelope”. Inside that envelope, the entrant needs to insert a smaller sealed envelope with details of their identity and entry paperwork. It’s very cloak and dagger!
The entry period is open for 30 days, meaning it should close on Tuesday, November 27th.
From there, an expert 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.
RTCG has not confirmed whether it will then use the national final Montevizija to finally select the song for Tel Aviv. After using internal selection from 2009 to 2017, the broadcaster resurrected Montevizija. Independent Montenegro had only previously used a national final in 2007 and 2008, while the Montevizija contest had only been used once before in 2005, to select the Montenegrin acts for Serbia and Montenegro’s national final.
Since 2007, Montenegro has competed at Eurovision ten times, but has only qualified for the grand final twice. Their best results was in 2015 when Knez performed the ballad “Adio” and placed 13th in the final.
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