Entries for Montenegro‘s national selection closed at the end of November. Now broadcaster RTCG has confirmed that 27 entries were received. If that seems a bit on the small side, the broadcaster has further revealed that of those, only ten entries were valid.
The total of 27 is slightly down on last year’s total, when 31 entries were received. However, the broadcaster has confirmed that only ten entries actually met the entry criterial for the competition.
Selection committee head Vladimir Maras confirmed that “the commission, in the presence of the RTCG Legal Service, noted that 27 songs had been received, of which 17 had not met the set criteria.”
RTCG has not clarified how the songs didn’t meet the criteria. If could be a breach of the usual Eurovision rules — longer than three minutes, released prior to 1 September, inappropriate lyrics — or it could be something unique to Montenegro.
The broadcaster will accept songs with lyrics in either Montenegrin or English — but perhaps entries have been received written in other languages. A maximum of two songs per songwriter could be entered, so it’s possible some writers entered more.
RTCG also said it was looking for “entertaining and popular” music, so it’s possible that those 17 songs were neither entertaining nor popular.
At this stage, it’s not clear if the broadcaster will internally select a song or if they’ll again use the national final Montevizija.
Last month, Montenegro’s Head of Delegation Nataša Baranin said that Montevisija would be held and it would involve five acts. However, with only ten valid entries to select from, the broadcaster may feel that it does not have enough quality entries to make up a national final. There is speculation that RTCG will choose to select their entry for Tel Aviv internally.
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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