In 2009 she came this close to making the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest. And now, a decade on, Montegro’s Andrea Demirovic believes she has an even better show to make it to the final…assuming she can first win the country’s national selection Montevizija.
The “Just Get Out of My Life” hitmaker, who collaborated with Ralph Siegel a decade ago, revealed that nugget and plenty more in a wide-ranging interview with CDM.
Her song is so contemporary that Andrea was worried RTCG wouldn’t give it the all-clear for the national final.
“I’m a little surprised that such a modern style has passed [the committee’s selection process], because I think this song is radically different from all the previous tracks that Montenegro has so far represented in Europe. In my opinion, it’s quality and refreshing.”
“With the experience of one Eurovision behind me, and the singing and the creative team I have gathered, I think I would now have a much greater chance of going to the finals than in 2009 in Moscow. It is interesting that there are many cases where returnees have achieved good results, and fans of the competition love such stories.”
But why did she wait a decade to give the contest another go?
“For years, the songwriters around Eurovision have offered me various collaborations. I only accepted this year, because it was actually an offer I could not refuse. Such a song appears once every ten years. The demo version was done by Primoz Poglajen, Englishman Adam Federston / Adam Featherstone and Michael James Down, and for the final version of the song, another Englishman whose identity has been kept secret for now.”
“Physical separation and communication has never been a problem. The problem arises when a creative distance occurs, even if the associates were physically at half a meter. Fortunately, I work with these people perfectly.”
“The song is dark but dynamic. I was singing it differently than I ever sang, and I want to present it in Montevision with an unusual performance. I tried to write an interesting and memorable text. This time I will sing in our language, because I want the song to be preferred to people in Montenegro and the region”.
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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 Demirovi?. 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. #montevizija #eurovisionsongcontest #eurovision2019 #eurovision
CDM asked her if she thinks she can bridge the gap between jurors and televoters, who frequently have very different opinions.
“The songs are made to be listened to by the audience, not the musicians. I can even say that I have the target group for which the song is intended. These are all those who have been criticizing Eurovision for years as a trash competition. Well, here’s a song that they can like because it’s different, and with which I would not be able to go on MTV. It is up to you to support her on the road to the Promised Land.”
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