Montenegro‘s broadcaster RTCG has revealed the five acts who progress to the next stage of Montenegro’s national selection for Eurovision 2019. While only 27 entries were received by the broadcaster, they have still managed to select five songs good enough to make the national final. And there are some familiar faces in the mix.
Appearing on the list is Montenegro’s Eurovision 2009 act, Andrea Demirović. A decade ago she performed the Ralph Siegel disco tune “Just Get Out of My Life”. The song narrowly missed out on qualifying for the final, but its 11th place semi-final finish is Montenegro’s third best Eurovision result. This year she’ll be hoping that her song “Ja sam ti san” will give her a chance to make it to the Eurovision grand final.
A couple of familiar faces from Montevizija 2018 will also be returning. Nina Petković came to fame on the talent show Operacija trijumf, the regional version of Operación triunfo. She also won the Song of the Mediterranean festival in 2009. Nina placed fifth in Montevizija 2018, but will be hoping for a better result with her 2019 entry “Uzmi ili ostavi”.
The other 2018 alum is Ivana Popović-Martinović. Her 2018 entry placed fourth in the first round, just missing out on the superfinal. This time Ivana will be competing with “Nevinost”.
Also competing is Monika Knezović, who will sing “Nepogrješiva”. Her surname may sound familiar, but she’s not related to Nenad “Knez” Knežević. She is, however, the daughter of the actor Slaven Knezovic. Monika’s song has been co-written by Vladimir Graić, the songwriter behind “Molitva” and “Beauty Never Lies”.
Rounding out the five is the group D-Moll Band — who take their name from the musical note D-minor. The six-piece group will compete with the song “Ti”.
The five competing entries were chosen by a committee of music experts. The committee listened to all the entrants, rated them, and then agreed upon the five.
What happens next?
Following the 2018 revival of the national final Montevizija, it was expected that RTCG would again use a televised national final format to select its act for Eurovision 2019.
However, broadcaster RTCG has not confirmed any further details of the selection process for 2019, including whether Montevizija will be used. Notably, the broadcaster has not mentioned the name “Montevizija” in the official announcement.
The only hint of the next stage of the competition is a reference to a “second round”. This could be a televised national final, but it could also be something like an online vote or the selection committee may internally choose one act.
Montenegro 2019 – competing entries
- Andrea Demirović – “Ja sam ti san” (Michael James Down, Primož Poglajen, Andrea Demirović)
- D-Moll Band – “Ti” (Dejan Božović, Aleksandar Miličić)
- Ivana Popović-Martinović – “Nevinost” (Ivana Popović-Martinović, Slavko Milovanović, Vladan Popović-Popa, Marko Milatović)
- Monika Knezović – “Nepogrješiva” (Vladimir Grajić-Graja, Snežana Vukomanović and Ivan Branisavljević)
- Nina Petković – “Uzmi ili ostavi” (Nina Petković, Bojan Momčilović and Zoran Radonjić)
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