“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.

Are you excited to hear “Breathe”? Let us know in the comments.

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Nicky
Nicky
4 months ago

Malta doesn’t need to change much for its revamp, the song is good, lyrically it is a nice ballad (i myself like the from young girl with dreams to the woman she is now story) and Emma is such a superstar of a singer

but it just needs a stronger instrumental here and there (nothing too powerful for Emma’s angelic vocals)

ete sech
ete sech
4 months ago
Reply to  Nicky

I heard the song and it’s better live than on its studio version, and you’re right, lyrically it’s good (it has a nice buildup), a slight revamp would help it.

Timi
Timi
4 months ago

I feel already devoted to Vladana. I feel she will be my favorite this year. Maybe a silly premonition, but I’m so intrigued and fascinated by her…

I have HIGH hopes here. I want Montenegro has an AMAZING year!!!

Alex
Alex
4 months ago

i have a good feeling about this one.

ete sech
ete sech
4 months ago

The more I read about Montenegro and Vladana, the more I’m excited, I can’t wait to see what they got in store! 😀

Tini Zabulih Predkiv
4 months ago

As a Slovene I already feel jealous about what she’s gonna offer.
I feel ashamed that despite Slovenia achieving bad results after bad results (despite that could have been easily prevented), the broadcaster keeps wasting our money every year for another misery, not taking a single break since 2001 (which was also the last year we’ve been in top 10).
But I think people just refuse to understand Eurovision so withdrawing for a long time should be our best choice for now.

Addie
Addie
4 months ago

Hey, your entry is not as bad as people think. For me, it’s the first Eurovision entry that took a very short time to grow on me. I seriously don’t understand the hate towards Disko.

Tini Zabulih Predkiv
4 months ago
Reply to  Addie

Is it a sure qualifier (like Luma or July Jones)

ete sech
ete sech
4 months ago

Don’t feel bad, bro. I felt quite underwhelmed when I first heard Disko, after finding out it was the winning song, but it grew on me very quickly and I’m in love with the song already! 😀

Tini Zabulih Predkiv
4 months ago
Reply to  ete sech

Is this just a consolation?

ete sech
ete sech
4 months ago

No, it’s a change of mind

Donkey
Donkey
4 months ago

don’t be ashamed Slovenia is one of my favourites and for many people as well. I think it will qualify and that you will be very proud of LPS when they do.

Tom
Tom
4 months ago

I actually like Slovenian entry this Year. It is fun!

Timi
Timi
4 months ago

You have an INCREDIBLE song, stop crying.

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
4 months ago

I think Slovenia has that jury appeal Portugal had last year. I don’t know whether Slovenia will qualify, but I am sure it won’t do as bad as certain people think it will.

sam
sam
4 months ago

vladana is just so iconic and i feel like i’m gonna love her entry, but we will have to wait and see. i want her to get montenegro’s best ever result, it’d be nice to see them in the final again because i doubt they’ll be too keen on coming back if they do really badly again

Jack Popfield
Jack Popfield
4 months ago

I have high expectations for Vladana and don’t wanna be underwhelmed. Montenegro could be the only ex-Yugoslav country to qualify this year!

Polegend Godgarina
4 months ago
Reply to  Jack Popfield

huh ? serbia has a lot of qualifiers in their selection and croatia could pull through as well

Donkey
Donkey
4 months ago
Reply to  Jack Popfield

eh hem you sleeping on Slovenia imo

Polegend Godgarina
4 months ago
Reply to  Donkey

i don’t like their song at all but i can honestly see them qualifying. they have the same dorky energy as cyprus 2015.

Ytm
Ytm
4 months ago

Without connection to the articale but does anybody have an explanation why bulgaria is currently 6th in the odds???

stefan
stefan
4 months ago
Reply to  Ytm

They were 3rd some minutes ago, there was a rumor going around that Kristian Kostov would represent them instead of IMP, however Kristian himself denied it. Probably just an attempt of BNT to generate hype around their entry.

Guest2022
Guest2022
4 months ago
Reply to  stefan

It was cyber attack. They deleted it. IMP was confirmed for pre party in Amsterdam yesterday and they are preparing for Turin.

vamosss
vamosss
4 months ago
Reply to  Guest2022

The lies though hahaha

Mirko
Mirko
4 months ago
Reply to  Guest2022

So, is BNT taking the odds like Malta did last year?