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.
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