On Thursday evening Montenegro’s state broadcaster RTCG confirmed that it was withdrawing from Eurovision 2023 in Liverpool.

And on Friday Brooklyn-based singer ENISA revealed that she was meant to represent the country at the contest.

ENISA, real name Enisa Nikaj, was born in New York to Albanian parents originally from Tuzi in Montenegro.

Replying to the ESC Discord Twitter account she said: “Sad, I was suppose to represent them in Eurovision 2023. But they couldn’t find a way to finally support it.”

 


ENISA had the huge honour of representing the state of New York at the inaugural edition of the American Song Contest earlier this year.

Her song “Green Light” was a toe-tapping number with plenty of swagger and attitude.

She made it all the way to Semi-Final 2.

She signed with Atlantic Records in 2019 and has had several successful singles. In 2020 she went viral in Nigeria with her song “Love Cycle,” and she featured on Rayvanny’s “Number One (Remix)” in 2021.

Two weeks ago, she passed one million subscribers on YouTube. ENISA is LOVED.

 

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Nikko
Nikko
1 month ago

Why nobody suggests a Kickstarter or goFundMe page to help to cover the financial costs?

Thallo
Thallo
1 month ago
Reply to  Nikko

Because it simply shouldn’t have to come down to that.

The EBU needs to help smaller countries with their participation fee, not the public.

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
1 month ago
Reply to  Thallo

True. It’s simply not sustainable.

Looking at the bright side, countries that take time off tend to do well after they return so hopefully we will see the withdrawing broadcasters come back stronger.

Héctor
Héctor
1 month ago

I expect when she says “BIG” she doesn’t mean something like “Green Light” because it wouldn’t have made it through the SFs.

Mac
Mac
1 month ago

She probably couldn’t afford a good song…

Hdhs
Hdhs
1 month ago

I seriously wanted to see how it would turn out ot have a asc contestant on ESC

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 month ago

She’s one of the artists that I’d gotten into after ASC this year and would’ve been a great representative for Montenegro, and a sign that they might’ve been sending a relevant, mainstream, competitive song to the contest this year.
It’s a shame it won’t be happening.

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

I haven’t listened to the songs however I believe that ASC was DOA. Also, ASC and ESC should never be tangent to each other.

Azuro
Azuro
1 month ago

I was supposed to play Hercules in the Live Action remake but they scrapped it for Little Mermaid instead, I had bought the gym membership and everything :/

Yankee
Yankee
1 month ago

I’m super sad for her. She was great in the American Song Contest. She would have done well at Eurovision.

Tom
Tom
1 month ago

Oh dear it would have been a disaster for them if they sent her

Guess Who.
Guess Who.
1 month ago

RTCG had also sent me an email about participating at Eurovision 2023 for it and Montenegro.

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
1 month ago

IDK who this is but just from that Tweet I already know her entry would have been trash.

polaris
polaris
1 month ago

Do you guys think ENISA will release her Eurovision entry?

Sale
Sale
1 month ago

Why doesn’t the EBU help Montenegro out?
They secured the artist and the song, but the participantion fee was raised. Why doesn’t the EBU help out it’s participants, we are looking at a record low ESC in terms of countries participating if one more withdraws only 36 will compete lowest since 2008 and 2014…

Corey
Corey
1 month ago
Reply to  Sale

Why these countries don’t do propper taxes to help their public broadcaster out rather than push the bills for other countries? If they can’t afford to participate, they couldn’t even host it. So who would host if they’d win?

Let’s ruin every country’s financial situation, so people can say that they paid another country’s fees so an artist from another country can get more European wide publicity.

Sale
Sale
1 month ago
Reply to  Corey

Lmao that’s not how things work honey

Michelle
Michelle
1 month ago
Reply to  Sale

Every country has a fee that is reasonable considering the country’s GDP, it’s unfair for others to lower one’s fee simply because they refuse to pay theirs. EBU is in no position to “help out”, maybe you’d know that if you would read EBU’s annual payment plans.

Heyey
Heyey
1 month ago

Wow… why is this suddenly the saddest Eurovision news of today 🙁 I had HOPED for Enisa to represent Montenegro for the past couple of years. And now this.. I always thought she wouldn’t want to be part of the contest coz she lives in America. But the participation in American Song Contest gave me hope and now actually reading she was meant to represent them in 2023.. *sigh*

Rasmus Irlind Bording
Rasmus Irlind Bording
1 month ago

no way! i had entered a fan contest with her for montenegro earlier this year, and i thought she would be an ideal candidate for montenegro. this is such a missed oppurtunity really

Joe
Joe
1 month ago

We could’ve had a New Yorker at Eurovision! My heart…try for Albania dude!

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

What New Yorkers have there been so far? Hungary 2014… anyone else?

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Sue of Peter, Sue, and Marc for sure. There’s definitely more than that, plus I think a few non-natives have studied/are based in NYC.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

Oh yeah, Lesley Roy. I’ll count Frances Ruffelle too.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Edyta Gorniak and Shiri Maimon (among others) have, like Frances, also performed on Broadway. Marlain (Cyprus 1999) is also based here.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

Eurovision, the Musical. Coming to Broadway 2024.

Joe, please produce, you are the best man for the job.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

I mean, it’s not like I haven’t thought that thought. An actual Eurovision jukebox musical would be lit (I know they’ve done musicals in Denmark like that with songs from Eurovision and DMGP), it would just be a matter of how to work songs of wildly different styles, tempos, genres, and (most importantly) language within a plot, cuz I would want there to be something resembling an actual plot. I’ve had thoughts about having the hook be a guy traveling around Europe so he can finally get inspiration to write something great (like Eat, Pray, Love meets Moulin Rouge). This… Read more »

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

Good idea. The hardest part would be picking the 24 songs. What would be the 11 o’clock number? The opener? Act One finale? We can’t have Waterloo, I imagine, Mamma Mia own that. Te Deum for the overture. My own loose idea is to have a contest of some sort as the story, with the audience deciding the winner/ending. A bit like Mystery of Edwin Drood. Who to cast? Maybe we can get Tony winner Ruffelle, she can sing Lonely Symphony eight times a week.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Early number, Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids. A wistful older couple, played by Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters, look back on times past. Act One closer, Rise Like a Phoenix. A downtrodden Idina Menzel finally finds the courage to confront the villains who have made her suffer. She will reek her revenge in Act Two. 11 o’clock, Hold Me Now. An emotional Cynthia Erivo says her final goodbyes to Aaron Tveit, before embarking on the first manned mission to Mars. Comedic interlude, Wadde Haadde Dudde Dah. Performed by Norbert Leo Butz and ensemble. Finale, Hallelujah. A happy ending as everybody lives… Read more »

Liam Lindsay
Liam Lindsay
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Lindita Hallimi (Albania 2017) lived in New York I believe, could be wrong but I am 99% sure about it.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

I know she’s in like Scottsdale now or something.

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

I think she was based in Atlanta, Georgia. It came out in a pr piece of sorts.

Jack
Jack
1 month ago

I don’t see anyone complaining that she doesn’t live in Montenegro or she is not a big local name. Only Greece gets backlash for that but the others get a pass love the double standards of this toxic community

Yoo
Yoo
1 month ago
Reply to  Jack

Bc people from Montenegro doesn’t know this information before, and doesn’t know her as well xD
But this is interesting .. RTCG or someone else wanted her, but they couldn’t found money.
Maybe some other artist from Montenegro, who was cheaper or could found money to finance them, can go.
I see this as only Enisa or no one else.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Jack

The article has been here about fifteen minutes, and it’s not going to happen anyway… but just to please you… she doesn’t live in Montenegro! She is not a big name! A disgrace!

Jack
Jack
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

I don’t care where people live, what’s their skin colour, their sexuality and their body type. If they can sing well and have a good song they should be able to represent any country 🙂

Hdhs
Hdhs
1 month ago
Reply to  Jack

I believe neither Montenegro neither Greece(my country) artists and representatives should get hate for living somewhere else

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
1 month ago

I was expecting a cross-over but not so soon. I enjoyed ENISA in ASC but she gotta step it up if wants to go to ESC.

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago

What could have been? A NQ if the song was similar to “Green Light”.

Dawid
Dawid
1 month ago

Represent “them”? Sounds rough

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago
Reply to  Dawid

The level of disrespect is astounding.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Dawid

I think she was probably meaning the broadcaster, not the country or the people.

Dawid
Dawid
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

But you represent your country, not broadcastet

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
1 month ago
Reply to  Dawid

? Im not following you guys. What’s the big deal here?

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Her tweet “Sad, I was suppose to represent them in Eurovision 2023. But they couldn’t find a way to finally support it.” is utterly disrespectful and patronizing.

Dawid
Dawid
1 month ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Like, she doesn’t identify herself as part of this country, so why does she want to represent it