Earlier this week, Montenegro broadcaster RTCG confirmed that they would be returning to Eurovision after a two-year absence. Now the broadcaster is preparing to reveal their new selection method for 2022. But one thing is certain — Montenegro won’t be using their recent national final Montevizija.
RTCG recently confirmed that will announce their selection plans sometime this coming week. At this stage, the broadcaster isn’t saying much, but they have confirmed that they won’t be holding a 2022 edition of the recent national final format Montevizija.
RTCG Editor in Chief — and Montevizija host — Ivan Maksimović revealed the reason the broadcaster won’t be returning to its national final. Budget concerns and pandemic uncertainty were the two big drivers. He explained:
“The first reason is related to the costs involved in organising the competition. It is a large amount that, for example, can be redirected to other projects.
“The second reason concerns the coronavirus pandemic. We do not know what will be and how it will be, so we would not like to be in a situation to expose ourselves to several months of efforts in that environment and then the competition will be uncertain.”
With a population of 627,809, Montenegro is one of the smallest competing countries at Eurovision and consequently broadcaster RTCG has a smaller budget than many other broadcasters. Budgetary concerns were behind Montenegro’s withdrawal from Eurovision 2020. The broadcaster opted to reallocate its Eurovision budget to buying a much-needed new fleet of work cars for staff.
How will Montenegro select their act for Eurovision 2022?
Ivan Maksimović would not reveal any specifics of the broadcaster’s 2022 selection method, but confirmed it would not involve a public vote. The RTCG spokesperson also said it would be likely that the process would be open to songwriters from outside Montenegro:
“We have yet to announce a competition. Maybe the greater focus will be on the commission that will deal with these things, and it is more likely that it will be a way of selection, and not through public voting. However, we will talk about it when the time comes.
“The most important thing is that […] there are no limits that would prevent songwriters from other locations to apply and offer a composition [intended for] performers in Montenegro who would sing it.”
Since its Eurovision debut in 2007, Montenegro has only selected its act using a national final four times. Most years RTCG has internally selected their act. Some years the broadcaster has accepted open submissions, other time RTCG has used a closed process.
Montenegro first used the national final MontenegroSong to select its entry in 2007 and artist alone in 2008. In 2018, the broadcaster introduced the new national final format Montevizija, which was used for just two years. Both Montevizija acts — vocalist Vanja Radovanović and vocal group D mol failed to qualify for the Eurovision grand final.
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