This photo is out — and the singer is in. On Saturday Montenegro’s broadcaster RTCG teased its Eurovision 2022 act with this black-and-white baby snap.
“This six-month-old baby has been dreaming of singing at the Eurovision Song Contest for a long time. This year they will represent Montenegro in Turin.”
RTCG will reveal the artist’s identity on Tuesday, January 4, during the broadcaster’s morning program. Stana Salgo, music editor of Radio Montenegro, will also reveal details about the work of the selection committee.
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Update: On January 2 the broadcaster teased us with a second clue.
Apparently the singer previously performed at Montevizija — the old national selection. But they may or may not have appeared as a competing act.
Montenegro’s @Eurovision entrant has already performed in #Montevizija. But was it in the competition part, or as an interval act…? Hm… 🤔— Montenegro Eurovision (@Montevizija) January 2, 2022
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Update #2: The Montevizija Twitter account has now revealed that the photograph is of a baby girl.
Their latest tweet shows the silhouette of a woman and uses the female pronoun her.
Montenegro opened submissions for their song selection at the end of October.
The requirements were largely the same as for the 2018 and 2019 contest, when selecting competing entries for the revamped national final Montevizija. However, RTCG confirmed they would not hold the national final this season.
Montenegro — one of the smallest countries in Europe — cast the net wide. The internal selection was open to songwriters from any country, and songwriters could each enter up to two entries. However, entries had to be made by someone who is a Montenegro citizen.
The usual Eurovision rules applied to singers. However, RTCG also reserved the right to suggest changes to the song and performers.
And again like the last two years, song entries had to be made anonymously. Entrants were required to submit a demo of their song on CD or USB in a “large envelope”. Inside that envelope, the entrant needed to insert a smaller sealed envelope with details of their identity and entry paperwork.
From there, an expert committee rated the songs on three criteria: composition (up to 50 points), lyrics (up to 30 points) and production potential (up to 20 points). This added up to a maximum of 100 points.
Montenegro at the Eurovision Song Contest
Ahead of the announcement, we wanted to learn a bit more about Montenegro’s long and varied history at the Eurovision Song Contest. So we sat down with former Head of Delegation Sabrija Vulić.
He’s seen it all. From the high of Knez and Sergej Cetkovic making the final to the pain of watching the jury keep Who See and Nina Zizzic out of the grand final, Sabrija spills the tea.
How hard was it to find artists for the former Montevizija national final? What behind-the-scenes dramas were difficult to overcome? We talk about all of this and more. The video premieres on Sunday.
Who do you think is in the photo? Who do you want it to be? Let us know down below!