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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.

What do you think? Should Montenegro return to Montevizija? Or should they use internal selection again? Share your thoughts below!

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Little O.T
I’m Italian and I REALLY love Montenegro for some reasons. I just wanted to say that I love you and I wish you the best

Joe
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Joe

Honestly? If they’re having trouble finding Montenegrin singers, it could just be a sneaky backdoor way for Bosnia to come back. Like how Luxembourg and Monaco gave France the chance to send more than one entry.

CookyMonzta
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Interesting proposal.

CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

Time to bring back Knez or Sergej. Montenegro has once again been dismal since Knez lit up the Vienna stage 3 years ago. And word has it that his daughter has put out some music lately. Maybe she’ll give the ESC a shot.

Ana
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Ana

hey i just came up with montevizija website, they posted more information, so apparently, montevizija will be back for another year in a row

check it out: http://montevizija.eu.org/more-details-about-selection/

Stephanie
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I’m not sure that site is legit, Chris discovered a while back that the Montevizija Twitter account is a fake – I have a feeling that it’s run (along with the site) by none other than the notorious Vasilije Ojdanic (who claimed he was the president of OGAE Montenegro, but there’s no such branch – the country is part of OGAE Rest of the World). Speaking of, have you noticed he’s released no new “music” in almost a year? Maybe he’s given up on the whole idea of going for Eurovision, given the fact he can’t sing and steals other… Read more »

Titfortatcommentor
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Titfortatcommentor

She literally said she came up with that site herself

SamoShampioni
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SamoShampioni

Wait, the Montevizija Twitter account is a fake? Damn, I had no idea

Hannah
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Hannah

I really enjoyed Inje and I’d love to see Montenegro back in the final! Hopefully they do well this year

Kris
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Kris

And you didn’t like Disem and Njelejna??
Montenegro chose poorly
Reminds me of an episode of HIMYM…lol

Hannah
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Hannah

I did enjoy Disem and Nezeljena! I still listen to Nezeljena actually and I would have preferred that to have won Montevizija, but I still appreciate Inje and do listen to it occasionally

Kris
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Kris

Sorry for the spelling errors , but yeah I agree. That song should have won and it had a great social message too

ESCFan2009 (male, 22, German)
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ESCFan2009 (male, 22, German)

Uhh, James-Bond-like with two envelopes. So they will choose the songs (for the NF or directly their candidate) only with the audio (CD/USB) and after that they will open the little envelope like “let’s see who we picked, it could be anybody”??? But if you only vote based on the music, okay, it’s a bit like the Blind Auditions of The Voice, but me personally wants to see WHO I pick when I pick them and not afterwards…

Onetimeuser
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Onetimeuser

Says guy hiding behind an avatar pic!

Looks is not everything!! It’s the voice that should matter more in a song contest , and the heart in real life

ESCFan2009 (male, 22, German)
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ESCFan2009 (male, 22, German)

Absolutely! <3 But the eye is always eating with you… (is this the correct translation for the German sentence, I don't know). Example: Scilla Hess. Great song, but she is special with red hair and self-confident and smart (and I prefer boys, so no it is not sexual meant!), this will get votes!

Onetimeuser
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Onetimeuser

I don’t really understand any of these sentences tbh!
No idea who is Scilaa Hess either

ESCFan2009 (male, 22, German)
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ESCFan2009 (male, 22, German)

Please stop joking and pretending that you don’t know anything. You are doing this under EVERY of my comments. It is not funny at all. And if you are doing this, cause you are offended by my harsh correction of the lovely boy some days ago, then notice: I was only joking with him, I LOVE this man. So don’t correct every little thing of me, please…

Onetimeuser
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Onetimeuser

Eh! I don’t understand anything you say! Lol
Am I supposed to though? That’s the question

ESCFan2009 (male, 22, German)
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ESCFan2009 (male, 22, German)

Dear Onetimeuser, you write pretty good English here 🙂 So I don’t understand what you don’t understand in my posts, because your English is so great 🙂 Scilla Hess? She is in the final of the Swiss Preselection 2019. With “Playground”. Wiwibloggs reported on this, so I thought you know this. Sorry if you don’t. So I wanted to say that of course the look is not that important but it can help a bit if you are getting attention cause of your look… It is interesting on stage 😉 Can you tell me please, where are you from? I… Read more »

Onetimeuser
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Onetimeuser

Finally I am understanding something of your comment!
The issue was not in the language , but in the context.

I heard the song now. Didn’t really like it Tbh.
I am not from Germany , if that’s why you’re asking. I still can’t understand your other comment/rant though.

Kris
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Kris

It’s not as if they won’t look before making the final call