It’s the Balkan country that notoriously withdrew from Eurovision in 2020 so the broadcaster could buy a fleet of cars. But now it appears that Montenegro will return to Eurovision 2022. Broadcaster RTCG has reportedly confirmed their intention to compete in Turin next year.
The broadcaster confirmed their Eurovision comeback to Eurovision news site ESCToday. No further details were given of the comeback so it’s not known the broadcaster’s reasons for returning or how they will select their entry for Eurovision 2022.
Most recently, Montenegro used the national final Montevizija. Prior to that, the broadcaster internally selected an act.
Montenegro’s 2020 withdrawal
Montenegro last competed at Eurovision in 2019. The Balkan country had provisionally confirmed for Eurovision 2020, however they were not on the list of confirmed acts released by the EBU.
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 and 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.”
It is not known if RTCG followed through with its plan to buy new cars.
The broadcaster also opted to not return to Eurovision 2021. No reason was given for this decision.
Montenegro at Eurovision
This isn’t the first occasion Montenegro has taken time off then returned to 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.
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