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.

 

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!

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EuroFan2007
EuroFan2007
4 months ago

Let’s make it longshot and say it’s Ksenija Knezevic on her own for Montenegro, in the background of female silhouette is Rotterdam stage , so maybe just maybe that is the hint , plus maybe she wanted to represent her own country like Sanja did, so don’t be surprised tomorrow.

MadridCalling
MadridCalling
4 months ago

I will say it’s Knez once again!

Nathan
Nathan
4 months ago

That has to be Tamara Vujacic from D-mol (Montenegro 2019)

Last edited 4 months ago by Nathan
Heartbeater
Heartbeater
4 months ago
Reply to  Nathan

I hope she has so much potential more then she ever had with D Mol

btw
btw
4 months ago
Reply to  Nathan

would be great but d-mol members were born in early 2000s, this is older picture

Nathan
Nathan
4 months ago
Reply to  btw

I think it’s just a poor quality picture, or they’ve added a filter to it for effect?

Filip
4 months ago

Oh, surely Vladana Vucinic then!

Last edited 4 months ago by Filip
Ukraine stan
Ukraine stan
4 months ago

Okay any guesses so far? Assuming the silhouette is of the artist, we know her body type and approximate length of hair. It’d be possible to know for sure right now.

Edit: of all the Female MV participants, the biggest similarity with the silhouette would perhaps go to Katarina Bogi?evi? but that’s just eyeballing

Last edited 4 months ago by Ukraine stan
Id1507
Id1507
4 months ago

It’s Andrea Demirovic you guys

Donkey
Donkey
4 months ago
Reply to  Id1507

That was my guess!

Meckie
Meckie
4 months ago

People kept on downvoting me, when I wrote it here (way before RTCG announced it’s a girl), it’s always been a girl, no boy. People who downvoted me like crazy should write an apology to me. #GenderAwareness

Roo
Roo
4 months ago
Reply to  Meckie

The caption did say it was a boy. Maybe you should take this up with the author of the article.

Nathan
Nathan
4 months ago
Reply to  Meckie

You get a downvote for using a hashtag unironically.

Ravencrow Neversmiles
Ravencrow Neversmiles
4 months ago
Reply to  Meckie

It was the condescending tone of your comment and unnecessary hashtag for me. The question itself wasn’t bad since we weren’t sure where the notion of the person being a male came from. Just try to word your comment a little differently next time then maybe people will listen.

Heartbeater
Heartbeater
4 months ago
Reply to  Meckie

To be fair the article said it was a boy

Elle
Elle
4 months ago

It’s a female singer, confirmed by Montevizija. I wasn’t a boy in the picture.

Last edited 4 months ago by Elle
DonutLover
DonutLover
4 months ago

With the last hint they anounced it is a female performer so we were all wrong with our guesses lol

Roro31
4 months ago

I think is Eldar Gasimov but… This man is not from Montenegro, it would take a real Montenegrin!

Last edited 4 months ago by Roro31
Apollo
Apollo
4 months ago

I really want a Slavko Kalezic redemption at Eurovision. I hope RTCG consider him again in the future. All Slavko needs is a well-produced Balkan club banger with overly camp staging and he could easily achieve Montenegro’s best result. ‘Space’ was too outdated and lacked the *oomph* needed to qualify in 2017.

Yudhistira Mahasena
4 months ago
Reply to  Apollo

“Space” was amazing. It wasn’t outdated and brought the Eurovision weirdness back, which was essential. Basically a troll act, but not very trolly. Slavko is talented and handsome, and he’s also humble.

Lollipopmonster
Lollipopmonster
4 months ago

Who said, that this picture shows a baby-boy ……that is the amazing Vladana (born in 1986). She is a Montenegrin pop/rock singer and songwriter with Macedonian roots.

Apollo
Apollo
4 months ago

RTCG referred to the baby as ‘he’.

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
4 months ago
Reply to  Apollo

Could be a translation error, because recently RTCG confirmed the artist is a girl.

Meckie
Meckie
4 months ago
Reply to  Apollo

They never wrote ‘he’.

Anna Banana
Anna Banana
4 months ago

I am going out on a limb and say it is Dado Polumenta 😛

Pineaple
Pineaple
4 months ago

I Reckon it could be Zeljko Vukcevic from D Mol.

Fatima
Fatima
4 months ago

What a fun tease. I’ve no idea other than to say it looks like that picture might have been taken in the 70s

Denis
Denis
4 months ago
Reply to  Fatima

If you look at the clothes though it looks very 90’s. Colour film was expensive, up to say mid 1990’s. And especially in Balkan/Former Yugoslavia it was luxury. So it could be a young performer which I think it is..

Theodor
Theodor
4 months ago

blob:https://wiwibloggs.com/b31a3f54-ca59-4f5a-b57d-82de2694d488

its Tamara vujacic for Montenegro 2022 from Montenegro 2019

Ivana
Ivana
4 months ago

Snippet of Vasilije’s song is on youtube tho

Romeo
Romeo
4 months ago

I don’t care what anyone says… that baby picture is Marija Serifovic!!! Haha

Last edited 4 months ago by Romeo
Martin
Martin
4 months ago

Such a cute baby

Theodor
Theodor
4 months ago

It’s tamara vujacic the representative of Montenegro in 2019 with the band heaven

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
4 months ago
Reply to  Theodor

D-Mol*

Heaven was their song.

Colin
Colin
4 months ago

Oh, I know him! It’s Babyface with his song Boo-Boo, Ga-Ga. Gonna be a banger!

Una
Una
4 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Picture – baby – boo-boo-ga-ga – cooing!! That was *funny*!!

James
James
4 months ago
Reply to  Colin

I hope so. “Everytime I Close My Eyes” is a baaahp.

Girl, it’s been a long, long time comin’ yes it has
But I, I know that it’s been worth the wait yeah
Yeah
It feels like springtime in winter
It feels like Christmas in June
It feels like heaven has opened up its gates for me and you yeah

Last edited 4 months ago by James
Una
Una
4 months ago

Rock song or ethnic ballad? Wiwiblogs, this would be the most entertaining poll of the year thus far 🙂 Artist reveal coming soon!!

Azaad
Azaad
4 months ago
Reply to  Una

If it’s Montenegro I hope it’s an ethnic ballad because those have been their best songs.

Una
Una
4 months ago

Crnu Goru, Crne Gore
Crno i belo which is black and white thus black mountain
Fascinating!!

Colin
Colin
4 months ago
Reply to  Una

Montenegrin has nouns changing in cases, so it’s – Nominative (who or what?) – Ovo je Crna Gora. – That is Montenegro. Genitive (of whom or of what?) – Zastava Crne Gore. – The flag of Montenegro. Dative (to whom or to what?) – Prilazim Crnoj Gori. – I am approaching Montenegro. Accusative (whom or what?) – Vidim Crnu Goru. – I see Montenegro. Vocative (oh, you!!) – O, Crna Goro! – Oh, Montenegro! Locative (in / about / on whom or what?) – Pricam o Crnoj Gori. – I talk about Montenegro. Intrumental (with whom or with what?) –… Read more »

Una
Una
4 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Again: fascinating. Thank you so much for taking your time to explain how nouns change cases!! Do changes apply as per gender and singular/plural as well?

Also, I can see the “m” verb ending for “I”. Maybe like “oj” in Albanian?? So is it that you don’t have to use pronouns to indicate who performs the action.

Last edited 4 months ago by Una
Colin
Colin
4 months ago
Reply to  Una

Yes. The changes are different based on gender (male / female / neutral) and singular / plural. For instance, a country like Portugal, which is in a male gender form, would have the same sentences as following: N. Ovo je Portugal. G. Zastava Portugala. D. Prilazim Portugalu. A. Vidim Portugal. V. O, Portugal(u)! (both can be heard) L. Pricam o Portugalu. I. Prolazim Portugalom. PS. Most countries in Croatian / Serbian / Bosnian / Montenegrin are in a female gender form, with most of the exceptions in a male form being Island, Portugal, Izrael, Monako, Luksemburg, Lihtenštajn, Japan, Chile, Brazil,… Read more »

Last edited 4 months ago by Colin
Una
Una
4 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Thank you!! I take it’s not too complicated to learn the differences once you know/remember the gender (and.or script) but it certainly takes a lot of practice to get to handle them without sounding silly.

Colin
Colin
4 months ago
Reply to  Una

The cases are, I’d say, the most tricky part of the languages, and a lot of times, even the native speakers make mistakes in a casual written form (Facebook posts, messages or Tweets). Adjectives, and also some verbs follow the change of the noun in gender and number, so that can be tricky as well. But at least the pronunciation is rather easy, once you get the gist, as there are no silent letters, no double letters, and every letter is pronounced more or less in the exact same way no matter where it’s positioned or next to what other… Read more »

Last edited 4 months ago by Colin
Colin
Colin
4 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Disclaimer: While the languages are around 98-99% the same, keep in mind that this is like if an Irishman explained how to communicate in Canada. You’ll get the vast majority of it, but I assume there are some details someone from Montenegro could explain even better (even if I’m fairly positive that all of these grammar rules apply to all four languages (Serbian would be in Cyrillic, though). 🙂 For the most part, the differences are in the usage of ije/je/e when it comes to some words, but in most cases, both Croatian and Montenegrin use ”ije” while Serbian prefers… Read more »

Last edited 4 months ago by Colin
Una
Una
4 months ago
Reply to  Colin

There are surely differences between the four, just like there are differences among dialects same major language. Reading Cyrilic may be more complicated but it may not be too hard to learn.

Colin
Colin
4 months ago
Reply to  Una

Learning Cyrillic was actually a norm throughout Yugoslavia, so people over 50 are far more likely to inherently know it. When I was in Belgrade, it was interesting, as I understood everything, but took some time to read it. Same as in Beovizija. In most other NFs, I can read everything, but I don’t understand what they say. In Beovizija, it was the opposite. But yeah, after a few days, letters start to click. Still, it would take me much slower to read the title in Serbian. So slow that I couldn’t do it as fast as the subtitles on… Read more »

Last edited 4 months ago by Colin
Una
Una
4 months ago
Reply to  Colin

This is really interesting. Different backgrounds and lenses through which one can sense or even like or try to approach a language.

As for my native (and customary languages): I might share some other time 🙂

Una
Una
4 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Thank you for your kindness 🙂

Una
Una
4 months ago
Reply to  Una

Now that you mention the country names, I feel like watching the parade of nations at the OG. A full stadium with resounding applause!!

Colin
Colin
4 months ago
Reply to  Una

That must be cool! 🙂 I love how sports and music bring people together. 🙂

Una
Una
4 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Me too 🙂

meri
meri
4 months ago

I think it’s Knez or Zeljko Joksimovic!

Una
Una
4 months ago

The interview with Mr. Vulich was delightful and enlightening. Will wiwibloggs make interviews with all HoD or heads of press/communications?

Nils
Nils
4 months ago

That’s a picture of Knez, taken about three weeks ago. He underwent a couple more facelifts. You’re welcome.

duxx
duxx
4 months ago

Its Vladana Vu?ini?

Jofty
Jofty
4 months ago
Reply to  duxx

Hope it’s not Bill Bailey or Gemma Collins

Lollipopmonster
Lollipopmonster
4 months ago

Donald Trump is a singer? WOW!

Yudhistira Mahasena
4 months ago

Isak Sabanovic?

Xxx
Xxx
4 months ago

Clearly it’s Flo Rida!

Eloise
Eloise
4 months ago

Are there no female singers in Montenegro? Are they banned from participating in Eurovision?

Oskar
4 months ago
Reply to  Eloise

It’s like Albania, where “the men are banned” from participating

Cami
Cami
4 months ago

Anyone know if the song will also be released on the 4th? Or is it just the artist?

Nikko
Nikko
4 months ago

It is Isak Šabanovi?. He was a big favourite in the last season of Zvezde Granda – biggest show in Ex-Yu – with his raspy rock voice

Roodi
Roodi
4 months ago

I can not be the only one who thinks that leaking a baby photo kind of creepy is right?

Danny
Danny
4 months ago
Reply to  Roodi

They most likely got the artist’s consent before posting it

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
4 months ago
Reply to  Roodi

I agree. In my opinion, it’s entirely creepy and inappropriate for the ESC selection.

Paul
Paul
4 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Because…..?

James
James
4 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

If the artist consented, it shouldn’t be the case.

Last edited 4 months ago by James
Roodi
Roodi
4 months ago
Reply to  James

good his desicion

Berta
Berta
4 months ago

sorry for off top, but there is news about Vidbir, one song ‘Casino’ is already out on YouTube, its from Sophia Ivanko from jesc2018 and second will be realised in few days from Eria (Vilna from Vidbir 2018)

please wiwi team post an article about Ukrainian NS, thanks

Kate
Kate
4 months ago
Reply to  Berta

Eria’ song called ‘Mavka’ and it will be out in 2 days

Last edited 4 months ago by Kate
Nick
Nick
4 months ago
Reply to  Berta

also there is a rumor that both Tayanna and Khayat are coming back to Vidbir this year

Stephanie
4 months ago
Reply to  Nick

I also heard Art Demur applied to Vidbir and is auditioning for the San Marino selection, he was one of the 2017 stand-ins (most notably doing the initial stand-in performance for Portugal) and was one of Nathan Trent’s backing singers

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
4 months ago
Reply to  Stephanie

I wonder what would happen if he gets accepted to both the Ukrainian and San Marino selections? Would he have to withdraw from one? Probably prioritize his own home country.

James
James
4 months ago
Reply to  Berta

They’ll post an article when they go it but fair game if other ESC fan media got to report it first.

DonutLover
DonutLover
4 months ago

I also believe it’s Isak
I followed the competition he participated in together with one of the RTS competitors Zorja and he has a strong stage presence but idk if he is yet ready for esc but yeah worth a shot!

eurovision2022adisaster
eurovision2022adisaster
4 months ago

 Isak Šabanovi

Sale
Sale
4 months ago

It’s Isak Šabanovi? 100%

Meckie
Meckie
4 months ago

Dado Polumenta???

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
4 months ago

As Bosnian I am quite sure that it is Ishak Sabanovic. Just look at the shape of the forehead of baby and then look at his face. There’s no difference. Also, he is rock singer, so it all makes sense.

kirkirkir
4 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

Checked the person in question pics. Sounds extra credible

eurovision2022adisaster
eurovision2022adisaster
4 months ago
Reply to  kirkirkir

for me he is him, the forehead is very similar

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
4 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

Actually it could also be Damir Polumenta. It’s definetly one of them, but since Ishak is rock singer and the other singer never mentioned Eurovision in any context it’s most likely him.

Last edited 4 months ago by Eurovision fan
Meckie
Meckie
4 months ago

Isak Šabanovi? ???

Last edited 4 months ago by Meckie
Meckie
Meckie
4 months ago

How do you all know it’s a boy??? #GenderAwareness

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
4 months ago
Reply to  Meckie

Because it says so under the caption

Meckie
Meckie
4 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

On RTCG page (link can be found in this article) they (the Broadcaster) don’t specify gender. Exact Reading is tough, I know.

Meckie
Meckie
4 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

I was right, it’s a girl! If only I had a middle finger for all the downvoters!!!

ete sech
ete sech
4 months ago
Reply to  Meckie

You’re still on time to say this is bait

ESCFanGA
ESCFanGA
4 months ago

It’s a black and white photo so I’m guessing the photo is from the 1980s or the early 1990s and the singer is someone who is currently older than the average Eurovision participant (who is usually in their 20s). Perhaps it’s someone who is currently in their 30s or 40s (unless the color of the photo is actually a filter).

Paul
Paul
4 months ago
Reply to  ESCFanGA

You do realise they had colour photos in the 80s and 90s?!

James
James
4 months ago
Reply to  Paul

Color film were expensive until well into the 1990’s.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
4 months ago

This is quite unusual way to announce your artist, but What a cute baby picture. I don’t know if this is somebody who’s returning to the contest or it’s somebody new, but I guess we’ll have to find out on the fourth.

Stephanie
4 months ago

It’s definitely not going to be Vasilije Ojdanic, we’ve heard nothing out of him since 2018 when he tried to submit multiple songs to 1in360 (only to fail with them all) and then lied about having an injury to his vocal cords rendering him never to sing again but still managed to submit songs to the Slovenian selection. I’m of the opinion he ended his short-lived music career after all that given all the lies and deception he was caught in

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
4 months ago

Kinda makes me think about knez which wouldn’t be strange since he achieved one of their best results. Just wondering if they put a filter over the photo.

Last edited 4 months ago by Frisian esc
Noel
Noel
4 months ago

I think that it might be Deen who sang for Bosnia in 2004 and 2016

Denis
Denis
4 months ago
Reply to  Noel

He now works as a fashion designer and lives in US so probably not:)
Plus he is in his forties now and the picture looks like someone born in the 90s

Last edited 4 months ago by Denis
Noel
Noel
4 months ago
Reply to  Denis

Thank you so very much for telling me I didn’t know he was doing that now

eurovision2022adisaster
eurovision2022adisaster
4 months ago

from the photo it looks like a male born in the 90s because those horizontal strips were very popular in that decade, perhaps of Roma or Gypsy origins