Vladana breathed life back into Montenegro’s Eurovision story. But sadly that rejuvenation has only ended up being a one-year event. Broadcaster RTCG has now announced that Montenegro will be withdrawing from Eurovision 2023.
In a statement, the national broadcaster referred to the costs associated with participating in the contest as the key reason for withdrawal. These costs include the registration fee and of travelling to the host city, which is Liverpool in the United Kingdom for 2023.
“In addition to the significant costs of the registration fee, as well as the cost of staying in Great Britain – we also faced a lack of interest from sponsors, so we decided to direct existing resources to the financing of current and planned national projects and organizational and program reforms, which entail significant investment interventions in equipment and premises.”
The broadcasters of smaller countries often search for sponsors to contribute to at least part of the costs of competing in Eurovision.
However, RTCG has been unable to do so and must therefore prioritise where their resources are put. In the end, the broadcaster has decided to put these funds towards national projects rather than large international events.
Montenegro at Eurovision
Montenegro has competed at Eurovision 12 times with an on-and-off pattern. First appearing in 2007, they failed to qualify from the semi-finals and also missed out on the grand final in the following two years.
After taking a two-year break, the country returned in 2012. For the first two years of this stint they were also left in the semi-finals. However, in 2014, Sergej Ćetković took Montenegro to the Eurovision grand final for the very first time. Knez successfully did the same in 2015 and went further by making it to the left hand side of the scoreboard.
Montenegro continued to participate between 2016 and 2019, but sadly returned to languishing in the semi-finals.
The country then withdrew for a second time, only to return in 2022. Vladana brought a giant light-up disc to Turin for her performance of “Breathe” but unfortunately failed to take Montenegro back to the Saturday night show.
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