Last week Montenegro’s broadcaster RTCG confirmed the five potential Eurovision acts its selection committee had shortlisted. Now the broadcaster has confirmed that these five will indeed compete in the national final Montevizija 2019.
The broadcaster confirmed the news on its website, ending speculation that RTCG might internally select its act for Tel Aviv.
Montevizija 2019 will take place on February 9, 2019. The competition will involve the five shortlisted act, confirmed last year.
However, the broadcaster has not revealed any more details of the national final, including how the winner will be selected.
After using internal selection from 2009 to 2017, RTCG brought back a national final to selected its artists for Eurovision 2018. Montevizija 2018 involved five competing acts. After the first round of televoting, a superfinal of three was selected. From there, the televote again selected the winner, Vanja Radovanović with “Inje”.
Who will compete at Montevizija 2019?
The five shortlisted acts for Montevizija 2019 were confirmed last week. The list includes two acts from the 2018 edition.
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 Eurovision songwriter 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 has been put together especially for Montevizija — and aren’t to be confused with a similarly named rock band from the region. D-Moll 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 do you think? Are you pleased that RTCG is returning to its national final for 2019? Who would you like to represent Montenegro in Tel Aviv? Leave your comments below!