Montenegro’s broadcaster RTCG has opened submissions for their song selection for Eurovision 2022. The broadcaster has already confirmed they won’t be returning to the national final Montevizija and have instead published details of the anonymous song application system they’ll be using.

RTCG published the entry details on their website. The requirements are largely the same as the 2018 and 2019 contest, which was also used to select competing entries for the revamped national final Montevizija. However, RTCG has confirmed they won’t hold the national final this season.

Montenegro — one of the smallest countries in Europe — is casting the net wide. The national final is open to songwriters from any country, and songwriters can each enter up to two entries. However, entries must be made by someone who is a Montenegro citizen.

The usual Eurovision rules apply to singers, however RTCG also reserves the right to suggest changes to the song or performers.

The contest is again looking for “entertaining and popular” music, but it’s unclear how strict this criteria is. This was also a requirement for 2018 and 2019 when Montenegro sent the regional ballad “Inje” and R&B ballad “Heaven”. Neither song qualified for the grand final.

Montenegro entries must be anonymous

And again like the last two years, song entries must be made anonymously. Entrants are required to submit a demo of their song on CD or USB in a “large envelope”. Inside that envelope, the entrant needs to insert a smaller sealed envelope with details of their identity and entry paperwork. It’s very cloak and dagger!

From there, an expert committee will rate the songs on three criteria: composition (up to 50 points), lyrics (up to 30 points) and production potential (up to 20 points). This adds up to a maximum of 100 points.

RTCG hasn’t confirmed exactly how the song for Turin will be selected. However, some entries will move onto a “next phase of selection”, whereupon the envelope will be opened and their identities will be known.

Entries are now open and will close on 10 December 2021.

For Montenegro’s 2018 selection, only 31 entries were received. Most recently, 27 entries were received for the 2019 selection, however of those, only ten were declared valid entries.

Since 2007, Montenegro has competed at Eurovision 11 times, but has only qualified for the grand final twice. Their best results was in 2015 when Knez performed the ballad “Adio” and placed 13th in the final.

What do you think? How should Montenegro select its act for Eurovision 2022? Who should represent the country in Turin? Tell us your thoughts below!

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Bird Lover
Bird Lover
26 days ago

i feel sorry for anyone representing Montenegro. Almost a guaranteed non qualification or bottom 10 result lol

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
25 days ago
Reply to  Bird Lover

Still too early to say when the songs aren’t even out yet, but I would be very surprised if Montenegro qualified next year. The odds are against it

Esc43
Esc43
29 days ago

Fallin, I’m in heaven fallin I’m in heaven fallin.. Straight (?) into your heart.. ?

Donatela
Donatela
29 days ago

The first confirmed NQ for 2022

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
29 days ago
Reply to  Donatela

We don’t know that yet.

Apollo
Apollo
29 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Statistically speaking they’re probably not going to qualify.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
28 days ago
Reply to  Apollo

That is true when looking over Montenegro‘s past history, but every year is a clean slate, a chance to do better. It would be very surprising if Montenegro actually qualified next year. I’m not saying I think that will happen, but anything can happen.

Fatima
Fatima
28 days ago
Reply to  Donatela

But the country will still go on to win before the next time the UK does so

Cocooo
Cocooo
28 days ago
Reply to  Donatela

I think they have a very good chance qualifying as long as they don’t send anything similar to D-mol again

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
30 days ago

we- are they really asking people to mail them a cd in an envelope ??? they can’t complain if they can’t even get 27 entries of which only 10 are valid lmaooo

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
29 days ago

I didn’t think people send stuff on CDs anymore. I don’t think burnable CDs are available anymore.

Last edited 29 days ago by BadWoolfGirl
Roodi
Roodi
29 days ago

Weird question is your twitter account @hottopicsesc

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
29 days ago
Reply to  Roodi

if it were then my comment would’ve looked like:

HOT TOPICS: Two-in-a-lifetime qualifier #Montenegro is now accepting #Eurovision song submissions strictly through burnt CDs sent to them via mail or messenger pigeon. Should the irrelevant Balkan republic beg Serbia to re-annex them for a decent result?

Luc
Luc
27 days ago

Guys, I get that the method’s a bit archaic but no one’s taking into account that is likely that Montenegro doesn’t have the infrastructure or technology for a better method

Sot
Sot
30 days ago

Montevizija didn’t seem to work recently… I still hope and wish for a Montenegrin top10 🙁

Last edited 30 days ago by Sot
Sale
Sale
30 days ago

Oh my god when I see this picture of D-moll I get nightmares and PTSD

esc1234
esc1234
30 days ago

I swear to god if they end up with a ralph Siegel song…..

irn bru
irn bru
29 days ago
Reply to  esc1234

ill be very happy

Luc
Luc
27 days ago
Reply to  esc1234

Ralph Siegel is retired, iirc

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
30 days ago

Senidah pls

Erasmus
Erasmus
30 days ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

doubt she’ll do it… and if she were to do it, she’d probably do it for Slovenia!

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
30 days ago
Reply to  Erasmus

Not particularly. She isn’t Slovenian by origin, she is originally from Montenegro and her country of origin is Montenegro. I’m not sure does she even live in Slovenia anymore as she is also very very popular in Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia too.

Erasmus
Erasmus
29 days ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

yeah, but she was born in Slovenia. Dua also wouldn’t be representing Albania if she was going to Eurovision. And I’m also pretty sure she still lives in Slovenia.

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
30 days ago

I don’t like that system with juries and then rewarding the songs with some points because that way I feel we’ll just get another boring Balkan ballad and it won’t allow any edgy entries to succeed. Ditch the juries and just let several people with taste in Eurovision music to directly choose the song.

Last edited 30 days ago by Eurovision fan
Sot
Sot
30 days ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

Look, I can see your point but without juries, Valentina and Epic Sax Guy (I think) would have NQ’d and Gabriela Guncikova would have gotten 0 points overall! Try to see the bright side on things (not meaning it offensively)

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
30 days ago
Reply to  Sot

But here we talk about just songs, not performances as there won’t be national final. What I wanted to say is that they will probably put some people without taste or too subjective who will rather pick some boring ballad like in 2018 than some rocky or more edgy entry. Except if it is something like Space.

And there won’t be public voting in this selection.

Yudhistira Mahasena
30 days ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

Balkan ballads aren’t boring. Showing your ethnic background through folk music is never a bad thing in Eurovision. Apparently Serbia often qualify to the final with this genre and Montenegro qualified twice in a row with Balkan ballads (in 2014 and 2015). They didn’t in 2018.

Danny
Danny
29 days ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

Well they used the same system in 2019 and a edgy song (out of the box is a better way to describe it maybe) made it to the final five

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
29 days ago
Reply to  Danny

I really wonder what other songs sounded like if those 5 were ranked as best lol XD

Who knows, myb there were songs that could have even qualified who knows

Last edited 29 days ago by Eurovision fan
voix
voix
30 days ago

let the melfest rejections submissions begin

Whisker
Whisker
30 days ago
Reply to  voix

3, 2, 1, GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Luc
Luc
27 days ago
Reply to  voix

New host for melfest rejects just dropped

Una
Una
30 days ago

I distrust this selection process. Had they kept the identities of entrants anonymous until the end, things would have looked different. Also, the “next phase of selection” is as an ambiguous step as it can be. How many steps in total? It’s pretty clear that the identity of entrants/song will play a role into the final decision. Who’s pay for the show and stuff?

Erasmus
Erasmus
30 days ago

I don’t want to be pessimistic but I’m 90 % sure Montenegro won’t qualify next year.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
29 days ago
Reply to  Erasmus

I don’t blame you for feeling this way, considering their track record. But there’s always that 10% hope that they do make it to the final

Ashton
Ashton
30 days ago

the shade in “The contest is again looking for “entertaining and popular” music, but it’s unclear how strict this criteria is. This was also a requirement for 2018 and 2019 when Montenegro sent the regional ballad “Inje” and R&B ballad “Heaven”. Neither song qualified for the grand final.” im crying

Erasmus
Erasmus
30 days ago
Reply to  Ashton

HAHAHA

Sot
Sot
30 days ago
Reply to  Ashton

Inje bops