They’re the Balkan country known for their sometimes quirky Eurovision entries. But Montenegro won’t be returning to Eurovision in 2021. Broadcaster RTCG has confirmed that the Balkan nation will not make a comeback in Rotterdam.
The broadcaster confirmed their decision to ESCToday. The broadcaster did not give a specific reason for why they weren’t returning to Eurovision.
In late 2019, RTCG confirmed they would not compete at the planned Eurovision 2020. At the time, the broadcaster said their decision was partly financial, partly related to Montenegro’s results at Eurovision. A spokesperson said, “Eurovision costs around €130,000 each year. Our music representatives have achieved modest results for the most part. The finals were hard to come by.”
Instead, the broadcaster intended to reallocate its Eurovision budget towards buying new cars. The spokesperson explained, “This year we decided to invest that money in the RTCG fleet renewal. The plan is to buy five new cars and this significantly improves the safety of our crews, which travel over 1,000 kilometres on a daily basis.”
Montenegro at Eurovision
This isn’t 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 withdrew 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.
Confirmed countries for Eurovision 2021
Fans are one step closer to learning the confirmed line-up for Eurovision 2021. 10 October was the latest that broadcasters could withdraw from the contest without penalty.
So far, 38 countries have provisionally confirmed for Eurovision 2021
But still to confirm are broadcasters from Belarus, Portugal and the UK. As well, while Moldova‘s Natalia Gordienko appears to be working on her entry for Eurovision 2021, broadcaster TRM has yet to comment on their participation.
The EBU is expected to release the list of confirmed acts for Eurovision 2021 in mid-November.
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