Raise ya hands, ladies! For only the second time in its history, Montenegro is sending a solo female performer to the Eurovision Song Contest. Her name is Vladana and with her to-be-revealed song she hopes to heal a wounded world.
“I know that life is in both black and white keys, and everyday is a brand new song – that’s why it’s interesting,” she says in the reveal video shared by broadcaster RTCG.
“We only realise what it means to fight for a life when it begins to hurt, and when the cure is the only mission. This is my song, my cure for Europe, and for the world.”
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The 35-year-old artist has enjoyed a long career in Montenegro. Viewers first came to know her on a national karaoke show in 2003. But our girl can do a lot more than lip-sync for her life. Later that year she released her debut single and had the chance to perform it at the prestigious Budva Mediterranean Festival (one of the launchpads for another Eurovision star — 2007 winner Marija Serifovic).
Eurovision has been on Vladana’s radar for more than a decade. She attempted to represent Montenegro twice by entering the national selection Montevizija in 2005 and 2006.
Vladana isn’t just a pop star. She’s a star with an artistic sensibility. You can see this in the music video for her 2010 music video for “Sinner City,” an animated wonder that shows her facing the perils and pleasure of romance — and the loneliness that can be found even in intimacy.
Her best-known hit, it became the first video from a Montenegrin solo artist to appear in rotation on MTV Adria.
The themes of her music are varied and traverse love, loss, longing and ambition. Other tracks on Sinner City include “Bad Girls Need Love Too”, “I Wanna be A Rock Star” and Goodbye Planet Earth”.
Vladana — full name Vladana Vučinić — isn’t a one-trick pony. In addition to pursuing her music, she has a degree in journalism from Montenegro’s State Faculty of Political Science. Building on that she launched her own online fashion magazine Chiwelook, for which she interviewed influential people across music, culture and politics.
Montenegro at the Eurovision Song Contest
This is the first time Montenegro will compete at Eurovision since 2019, after they took a two-year break from the contest. The song will be released at a later date.
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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