“Cannot wait”. Those are the words of Montenegro’s Eurovision 2022 singer Vučinić when she announced the release date for “Breathe”. According to an update on her Instagram story earlier this week, her song for Turin will be dropping on Friday 4 March.
Montenegro’s Vladana Vučinić will release “Breathe” on 4 March
Back in January, Vladana described her entry as a “cure” for the problems faced by Europe and the larger world. “I will sing in English so that the message can be heard beyond the Balkans,” she told broadcaster RTCG, adding that the ballad is “a powerful hymn.”
“I think the message should be heard beyond the Balkans, so we decided on the English language. We’re also thinking about recording the song in Italian because of the hosts, and we have not yet decided on the Montenegrin version.”
“I wrote the words in a breath, without any changes,” she says, noting it’s based on a difficult ordeal her family endured in the past year. “My feelings turned into lyrics and music.”
Vladana has got a very big name on her side: Composer Darko Dimitrov, the genius behind Tamara Todevska’s Eurovision 2019 jury winner “Proud”. “It’s very important that something takes me,” he says. “I immediately fell into the song and I think we will have a decisive performance.” He continues: “The ambition is for the performance to be of high quality. The less you hope, the greater the success.”
The entry is said to have a “cinematic piano moment” and to “grow to the end” — something they’ll no doubt be thinking of when it comes to staging. For now, Vladana says she imagines that she’ll perform alone and possibly with a piano, and hopes the performance will lean toward the avant-garde. “I haven’t thought about it yet,” she says, “but it has to be special, because it’s very important to me.”
Vladana described the song as “emotional, powerful and melancholic”. Montenegro’s budget is said to be smaller than in previous years, but thankfully sponsors have stepped forward to help fill the gap. During a press conference, RTCG revealed that their participation fee is just 28,000 euros — “the lowest amount of all participants.”
Who is Vladana Vučinić?
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.
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