Yesterday multiple Eurovision fan outlets — including wiwibloggs — reported claims that Montenegro was withdrawing from Eurovision 2020. Today the Director-General of RTCG has hit back, saying that the broadcaster has not yet made a decision regarding its participation in Rotterdam.

Speaking to Montenegrin newspaper Vijesti, RTCG’s Director-General Božidar Sundic said:

“I do not know who provided this information, but it cannot be accurate and official because we cannot talk about Eurovision before the RTCG Council decision. The Director-General cannot make that decision on his own, but he gives an order to the Council, whose session is officially decided on.”

Sundic also told the newspaper that he expected the RTCG Council would meet within a few days.

Mixed messages

The claim was first made by the Eurovision insider gossip blog HOD45, followed by the Greek Eurovision fan blog Eurovision Fun.

Reputable Eurovision news blog ESCToday then followed up with a representative of the broadcaster who confirmed to ESCToday that RTCG had withdrawn their application for Eurovision 2020.

The EBU reportedly gave RTCG an extension to finalise its participation, but it was unable to “meet the requirements” and so withdrew. ESCToday reported that RTCG “tried its very best to compete in Rotterdam but things didn’t materialise in the end.”

Wiwibloggs has also heard from two well-placed sources who say that Montenegro is indeed withdrawing.

Prior to Sundic’s comment, no one from RTCG had publicly spoken on the issue.

The EBU is expected to release the list of confirmed acts for Eurovision 2020 sometime in the next few weeks, which should settle the question of Montenegro’s participation in Rotterdam.

Montenegro at Eurovision

This won’t be the first occasion Montenegro has taken time off from the song contest. After debuting as an independent nation in 2007 and competing three times, Montenegro didn’t participate in 2010 and 2011, also for financial reasons.

Montenegro’s best years at Eurovision were 2014 and 2015, where Sergej Ćetković and Knez each made it to the grand final with emotional ballads in the Montenegrin language. Knez’s song “Adio” finished in 13th place in the grand final, giving Montenegro its best-ever result.

What do you think? Is there still hope for Montenegro? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below!

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[…] Šundi? previously spoke last week, following media reports of Montenegro’s withdrawal. At the time he said that a decision had not yet been made. […]

An American ESC Fan
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An American ESC Fan

I am so confused. The EBU’s participation list could not come soon enough.

esc1234
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esc1234

Instead of spending money to the national final that doesnt work, send internally rizo feratovic or do it like cyprus and send an artist from the sister country Serbia

Eurovision fan
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Eurovision fan

Why him particularly? Montenegro has other successful stars with careers who could represent their own country

Esc1234
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Esc1234

Because he was the only interesting aspect of their last years entry

Monti
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Monti

Montenegrin broadcaster didn’t make any announcement about withdrawal, so please let’s not blame the broadcaster on indeciveness or anything like that. It was some gossip blog that spread these rumours. There’s some financial problems inside RTCG lately, but Eurovision participation isn’t in jeopardy. The broadcaster just needed some extra time to solve the problem and EBU gave RTCG extension. Hopefully in the next few days final decision will be released.

Gorilla716
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Gorilla716

Montenegro: Withdraws
Eurofans: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
Montenegro: Never mind

Fatima
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Fatima

I really hope they compete because I’ve got them down as one of the countries who’ll win the thing before the UK does again.

Kenan
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Kenan

I mean since you decide is like gone forever, I’m really hoping that we have a chance

xohxoh
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xohxoh

Here we go again. Can you make up your mind already?! Imagine how tired we are.

Roelof Meesters
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Roelof Meesters

Imagine how tired we are of it

Nicky91
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Nicky91

what do you mean, irrelevant esc fansites should stop spreading fake news

Manuel Treill
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Manuel Treill

Lots of indecisiveness amongst the Eurovision media this season and we’re only, like, 2 months in.

Apparently without my knowledge
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Apparently without my knowledge

Hope never dies for 24 points for Serbia

Thanos
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Thanos

Contrary to what people say, I actually like what Montenegro contributes to Eurovision! I love Adio, Inje, Moj Svijet and Euro Neuro was interesting. I hated Slavko’s song and D moll’s one but that’s okay. Montenegro is decent!!!

Africavision
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Africavision

*starts singing* “Are you in or out? You will soon find out What it’s all about It’s the final round There can be no doubt So are you in or out?” But seriously, this “in or out” issue is giving me hypertension. Every year, since 2016, we come so close to equaling or breaking the 43 countries record, and then sh!t happens. 2016: 43 countries were set to take part, and then Romania was disqualified. 2017: 43 countries were set to take part, and then Russia was unable to participate. 2018: 43 countries did participate, but not before North Macedonia… Read more »

Jo.
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Jo.

It’s weird that in 2020 this is still being an issue for many countries. Maybe the EBU should rethink their fees and requirements, but as long as the show is running, they just don’t care.

Africavision
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Africavision

I agree 100%, Jo. I mean the fact that Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Luxembourg, and Montenegro have all cited finances as the main factor preventing them from participating at Eurovision 2020 should be a wake-up call to the EBU. Surely, they could have a fee waiver option for these four nations, given their circumstances. It’s very strange to me having slogans like “share the moment”, “we are one”, “join us”, “building bridges”, “come together”, “all aboard”, and “open up”, yet the EBU isn’t making an effort to help include all nations that want to take part but can’t.

Rasmus
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Rasmus

So you really want 28 in one semi like in 2007? I DONT! Just horrible and unfair. 20 in each is enough.

Jo.
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Jo.

you completely missed my point, dude

James
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James

The participation fee varies per broadcaster AFAIK, and as with a lot of cases, if there are factors that prevent them from taking part or that it’s not simply in the cards for the next year, then we should let them withdraw if they have to until they can sort things out. There’s always something special about Eurovision for these same 40 or so mostly publicly-funded broadcasters to allocate thousands of euros in their annual budget for their participation and producing complementary shows such as national selections and related content year-to-year. Or else, there wouldn’t be a motivation for them… Read more »

Eurovision fan
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Eurovision fan

I think ESC2016 had the biggest chance to break the record with 44 participants competing (with Portugal)

Mr X
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Mr X

Unfortunately was in one of the worst ESC´s despite that amount of participating countries. I prefer more quality than quantity

Rasmus
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Rasmus

Why do you want so many? its impossible to qualify if a semi have 28 like in 2007. You dont think about that. 20 in each. no more

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

2007 was so unfair. And still, Andorra came so very close to qualifiyng. Under normal semi final circumstances, they would have been in the top 5.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

Of course it’s an awful system if you have 28 participants in a semi final and only ten can qualify. Ask Andorra. They almost made it with their best effort in 2007. In a semi with 18-20 acts, they might have very likely been in the top 5.

ESCFan2009
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ESCFan2009

But Rasmus, even your 20 in each semi would break the record: 20 in SF1, 20 in SF2, Big 5 and Host = 46. Wouldn’t that be cool? 🙂

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

Just ask Zeljko. Eurovision has been going on far too long without a Zeljko composition. If Serbia insists on sending lesser songs these days, Montenegro should take advantage and give us the real deal, paired with a good singer, of course. Oh, and I personally do think Montenegro’s exit WOULD be a loss. You’ll never know with them. “Igranka”, “Moj svjet”, “ADIO” (!!!), “Inje”, I liked all of those. “Euro Neuro” was at the very least interesting and I wasn’t so opposed to “The Real Thing”, either. There’s a whole lot of other countries whose exit I would care WAY… Read more »

Jo.
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Jo.

it’s not just “ask Zeljko”, you have to pay for his songs, and I don’t think they are cheap…

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

You don’t say. Paying for songs like “Adio” pays off, as you may have noticed.

Jo.
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Jo.

it’s an investment for sure, but they still need the money to invest…in this case probably a lot.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

Well, they did it once before.

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

Well, if Knez with, in my opinion, the best Zeljko’s Eurovision effort to date could only get them 13th place (and out of the 44 p. they got, 12 were from Serbia, 10 from Slovenia, 6 from Albania and 4 from Macedonia) then I don’t know what kind of masterpiece Zeljko would have to write to make them place higher.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

I loved the song, Knez was just singing it. Who knows how high it could have faired with someone who televoters might have been more inclined to vote for.

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

Well, Knez surely did justice to the song when it comes to vocals, and the staging was near perfection. I don’t see how could you have made it even better.

Jo.
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Jo.

our precious juries ranked Montenegro 11th in the 2nd semi-final tho… LOL

Frenkc
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Frenkc

The background was very ugly though I think they could have worked on it

xohxoh
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xohxoh

Who’s gonna vote for a Zeljko songs in 2020?

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

People who enjoy good music.

Dani
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Dani

So… what is the truth?

Nicky91
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Nicky91

we will find out next week, after their meeting

there hasn’t been talks about eurovision, you heard that right from the director general

Preuss
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Preuss

Great news for Serbia.

Rasmus
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Rasmus

24 points can get you 3rd from last in semi if you have some luck. 24 points dont get you far.

pp77
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pp77

Singer who have money to cover all cost of RTCG for Eurovision (participation fee , hotel for all in delegation, costume…)will sing for Montenegro. If they not find that kind of singer they will withdraw. Greece had similar concept after crisis in first period of 2010 s( when music house organise national final and pay all cost for ERT for Eurovison.Remember national final in shoping malll in 2012….

Eurovision fan
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Eurovision fan

Damir Polumenta is the only one who could go for Montenegro next year and who could pay it all, but I don’t think he would accept it and it’s not correct from broadcaster

Nicky91
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Nicky91

yes that is what i mean with low budget year for broadcaster, if you got a artist who can fund himself

same with Hungary, also a internal selection option might be Viktor Kiraly, quite well established artist these days there, or Kallay-Saunders again but then internally

Paul
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Paul

Serhat!

Roelof Meesters
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Roelof Meesters

I think we just need to wait for the official list of participants XD For all we know a website could say France will withdraw and Japan will debut in 2020. However, I do still have hope that both Hungary and Montenegro will participate in 2020, because that would be 42/43 countries which would be great.

Joe
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Joe

I was a little wary about those sources to begin with. Fingers crossed for them and Hungary to stick around.

Joe
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Joe

(Also: gee, isn’t it nice to get a yes-or-no response to a point-blank question about participation?)

Rasmus
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Rasmus

All sources here seem horrible. The carola source, the Hungary source, Montenegro source. I dont believe nothing here anymore.

Zekira
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Zekira

When eurovision odds will get launched? Will it be from the early December or?

Gigii
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Gigii

Early december when all acts get announced

Eurovision fan
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Eurovision fan

Imagine both Hungary and Montenegro decide to participate and we finally get 43 participants againXD. Moldova basically confirmed participation, so the min nb of participants would be 41. Montenegro should get rid of that desparate national final and start internally choose their representative. I think Montenegro will participate at the end, but Hungary will not

Alex
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Alex

“Should we stay or should we go?”
-Hungary and Montenegro, 2019

KESC
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KESC

Lmao

HOD45
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HOD45

Obviously the director general is in a difficult position since the decision was published before he got the approval from the board.

HOD45
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HOD45

@RobynGallagher the news was exclusively published by us.Eurovision fun just posted our story a couple of hours later without mentioning us as their source.

Ani
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Frauds!

CostaSVE
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CostaSVE

No. Pls. Don’t give me Hope 🙁

Hrvatska
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Hrvatska

Hope will never die Montenegro does not say no Eurovision, and the director of RTCG said that the board must decide for 2020 .

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

there is ALWAYS hope

ImFromRomania
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ImFromRomania

Montenegro and Hungary betting odds (in my view)

Will Hungary complete at Eurovision 2020 ?
YES : 2.25
NO : 1.70

Will Montenegro complete at Eurovision 2020 ?
YES : 2.75
NO : 1.50

Thunder and lightning it's getting exciting
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Thunder and lightning it's getting exciting

I don’t understand anything now…

Gigii
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Gigii

Somebody spread falls information… It coming from a gossip esc site says it all….

Tom
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Tom

What about Slovakia ? Is out or in ?

Thunder and lightning it's getting exciting
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Thunder and lightning it's getting exciting

I would love to see slovakia back 🙂

Tom
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Tom

Broadcaster don’t like ESC 🙁

Thunder and lightning it's getting exciting
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Thunder and lightning it's getting exciting

I think in Slovakia there are not so many fans…here in Czech Republic lots of people hates eurovision because for them it’s so much extravagant…