Montenegro Vladana Breathe Eurovision 2022 rehearsal

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.

Are you sad to see Montenegro withdraw from Eurovision? Do you hope to see them return in the future? Let us know in the comments below.

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Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago

Here’s a late contender for sub-headline of the year: “The breath has run out.”
Thanks for this one. Very droll. 😀

Nils
Nils
1 month ago

At this point I’d even wish for a return of Ralph Siegel. Losing a country is always the worst outcome.

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Nils

I want to see Serhat again. Legend!!

Héctor
Héctor
1 month ago

It’s sad and, as much as I want the highest number possible of countries participating, I don’t care that much about Montenegro. 2014 was the last year I actually liked one of their songs. Besides, we will have less block voting.

Tomi
Tomi
1 month ago

Not a big surprise here. It was pretty obvious last year that they were only participating because the contest was being organised in Italy. Their neighbour.

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
1 month ago
Reply to  Tomi

And it was less expensive than organizing it in the most expensive country of Europe: UK.

Tomi
Tomi
1 month ago
Reply to  Vincenzo

Isn’t Norway the most expensive country in Europe?

Rye
Rye
1 month ago

Oh no, where will Serbia get their 24 points next year?

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Rye

I think Serbia will be fine. They did ok without Montenegro in 2021, and I think if they have a great song for 2023, they are in good shape.

Mark Godfrey
Mark Godfrey
1 month ago

The BBC have always helped pay for Eurovision as well as other big 4 countries it’s never been a problem , I hope Montenegro at least asked the uk for help , I’ve watched Eurovision since 1981 aged 8 years old

ThorBeta
ThorBeta
1 month ago

I’ll miss Montenegro. One of the most underrated countries in the recent history of the contest. I’m sure they’ll come back. RTCG is having a hard time but they have always been supportive of Montenegro’s participation in the contest and they’ll do their best to come back. EBU needs to help and become more supportive for smaller countries and broadcasters.

Alex
Alex
1 month ago

I think the reason why we are seeing a sudden drop in countries participating is because of the current global energy crisis, hence why Montenegro can no longer afford participating as well as Bulgaria and North Macedonia possibly, but I could be wrong.

Daniel
Daniel
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

The fact that Great Britain organizes the competition should affect how much money Eurovision receives from them.
In previous years, it has been the case that the organizing country does not pay any participation fee because they pay for other things instead.
Since Great Britain is one of the countries that pay the most participation fees, the EBU should receive less money in the participation fee than it was in, for example, 2021
As well as Russia is not participating and it is a big country.

Daniel
Daniel
1 month ago
Reply to  Daniel

United Kingdom

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

Well, it’s official. Bulgaria north Macedonia are also out so at the very least we’ll probably have 37 countries.

Catriona
Catriona
1 month ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

You mean at the very most?

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago

If a union’s members can not go to its flagship event, something is wrong.

Donkey
Donkey
1 month ago

North Macedonia also just withdrew

Hdhs
Hdhs
1 month ago

North Macedonia withdrew too

Bulgaria to announce withdrawal too

Antananarivo
Antananarivo
1 month ago

The situation in Bulgaria is unclear. It was a bad joke post a message with the announcement of withdrawing from 13th october 2018 (!!!!)

Hdhs
Hdhs
1 month ago
Reply to  Antananarivo

This time they really are withdrawing there eis no government in the country as of now

Leendert Jan
Leendert Jan
1 month ago
Reply to  Hdhs

Well, the Netherlands did not have a government when they were hosting, so should that be such a great obstacle?

Thallo
Thallo
1 month ago

Financial problems are the reason Montenegro, Bosnia, Andorra and Luxembourg cannot compete, with North Macedonia and Bulgaria also expected to announce a withdrawal due to financial problems.

Surely the EBU can find a way to help these countries out? We’re missing out on 4-7 songs each year simply because broadcasters don’t have the funds.

Antananarivo
Antananarivo
1 month ago

Without the official confirmation of Australian Broadcaster we have actually 33 participating countries and this amount means that so far only seven are out of the final. But I´m quitely sure that we will see Armenia, Czech Republic and Moldova at the stage in Liverpool.

Jake
Jake
1 month ago

With so many countries withdrawing I can see Eurovision allowing Kazakhstan in to make up the funds

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Jake

Didn’t they make money out of the American Song Contest?

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

I don’t think the American song contest got very high ratings, I wouldn’t be surprised if it gets canceled.

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

EBU must have made money by selling rights for the format or such. The Swedish team were there, I believe there were at least CB and OM.

Nils
Nils
1 month ago
Reply to  Jake

Also, wasn’t that just a private thing of Christer Björkman and hence not branded as Eurovision?

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Nils

It was supposed to be a spin-off of sorts.

1998
1998
1 month ago

Expected, not surprised at all. We will definitely have the smallest ESC since 2014.

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
1 month ago

Yeah both Bulgaria & North Macedonia withdrew as well apparently.

Antananarivo
Antananarivo
1 month ago
Reply to  Sir Stevia

But not Moldova.

By the way, there´s a vantage in a esc with less participating countries: The chances for qualifying are a littel bit higher

Antananarivo
Antananarivo
1 month ago
Reply to  Sir Stevia

Bulgaria ? Look at the date of this message: It announced withdrawing from the ESC 2019 (!!!!!)

Marcin
Marcin
1 month ago

Can’t blame them, they got shafted this year by Azerbaijan and Belgium. Hopefully the quality of the competition improves in 2023, so we can see countries which took part in the past rejoin.

Elle
Elle
1 month ago

North Macedonia has also withdrawn because they don’t have money. Bulgaria next….

Elle
Elle
1 month ago
Reply to  Elle

…. To officially confirms they will also withdraw because of lack of money

Hdhs
Hdhs
1 month ago
Reply to  Elle

Bulgaria actually ahs political problems not financial

Devito
1 month ago

If the rumors to be true, we won’t see Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Montenegro and North Macedonia from the Balkans/Southeastern Europe. That means Albania, Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia won’t get as many votes next year. Interesting!

1998
1998
1 month ago
Reply to  Devito

Kosovo is not a sovereign state, it’s just a disputed territory.

Gameman Gaming YT
1 month ago
Reply to  1998

sorry for saying this… but u shouldn’t talk about this her, talk about this when u are in serbia (i don’t support u)

apollinischesprinzip
apollinischesprinzip
1 month ago
Reply to  Devito

especially serbia and albania who lost n. macedonia and montenegro.

croatia and slovenia mostly depend on each other and maybe serbia.

Mr X
Mr X
1 month ago
Reply to  Devito

The ESC 2023 will have a mayority of the traditional countries (which already took part from the beginning until the eighties). Without Ex-Yugoslavia there are only Ukraine, Poland, the Baltics, Romania/Moldova and the Republics of Caucasus.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Mr X

Yeah and with Belarus and Russia being suspended from the EBU, we’re definitely not gonna get 40 countries

Thanos
Thanos
1 month ago

Sad that it seems like this year we will have less countries than the previous years participating.

EMA
EMA
1 month ago

MACEDONIA WITHDRAW TOO. FINALLY, EUROPE DOESN’T DESERVE THIS COUNTRY FITH FANTASTIC SONGS!!

Leo
Leo
1 month ago
Reply to  EMA

I think whether they’re out or even in will be confirmed with the nations list, but I’m not sure about them, due to the recent rancour and the budget not heeding the tips for ESC proper, despite committing to JESC. They have been last in my personal ranking twice, bottom 3 thrice, and bottom 10 4 times in the last 5 years, Tamara the exception, and debuted in Birmingham.

Leo
Leo
1 month ago
Reply to  Leo

They’ve confirmed now and Bulgaria too. The latter has also implied a long exit. Please can Bulgarian visioners and fans petition to ensure they return. I don’t want to have to have heats of 15-16 every year. And I don’t want the old format back. Glad we had Snap, Miss You and Lights off in the final instead of Intention and I Am What I am.

Antananarivo
Antananarivo
1 month ago

And how about Bulgaria ? There are rumours that it will withdraw….

Hdhs
Hdhs
1 month ago
Reply to  Antananarivo

The rumors are true they are yet to announce it
North Macedonia announced it too

Hrvatska
Hrvatska
1 month ago

As for the matter of Montenegro itself, I expected this decision, it is a financial matter, unfortunately, Montenegro may be close to the European Union, but still poor, what is worse, the political crisis, the lack of a government and an attempt to overthrow the president has made itself felt and we have what we have

Antananarivo
Antananarivo
1 month ago
Reply to  Hrvatska

Now we´re still waiting for the confirmation of Armenia, Moldova, North Macedonia and Czech Republic.

Antananarivo
Antananarivo
1 month ago
Reply to  Antananarivo

I honestly expect from one oft this list withdrawing.

1998
1998
1 month ago
Reply to  Antananarivo

Moldova is 100% in, they are always silent till November. Armenia not sure because they are hosting JESC but on the other hand they still deal with the consequences of 2020 war, while for Czech Republic… I don’t see a reason for them to be out.

Leo
Leo
1 month ago
Reply to  1998

In Australia and Czech, the ratings aren’t great and most of the points are from the juries, and there’s high inflation in Czech, but it would be very bad if neither were there, and I doubt it. Moldova is quite poor but takes ESC very seriously and usually is confirmed with the list. Armenia often is, though what happened in 2021 is still a bugbear for me, and I still fear it could happen at any time.

Antananarivo
Antananarivo
1 month ago
Reply to  Leo

Moldova is surprisingly in the top 10 in the five-years-list. They had only one entry which failed to qualify the another scores was 7, 13, 10 and 3 !

Leo
Leo
1 month ago
Reply to  Antananarivo

I wouldn’t say they’re a superpower like Sweden, Italy, Ukraine, Norway or Serbia but that is superpower form! The only exception was a song that should have placed last placing 12th in it’s heat above Armenia, Latvia and Ireland.

Hdhs
Hdhs
1 month ago
Reply to  Antananarivo

North Macedonia announced that they withdraw some hours ago

Mac
Mac
1 month ago
Reply to  Hrvatska

Montenegrins are not poor. It‘s an extremely small country with limited resources. They chose wisely.

Denis
Denis
1 month ago

LOL. But they could afford to send acts to Norway, Sweden Denmark who all are known for being THAT expensive:)
The probable reason is once again ending up among the last in the semifinal and not finding artists who want to do in 2023

Leo
Leo
1 month ago
Reply to  Denis

They withdrew from Norway 2010, also due to financial issues (and hadn’t fared as badly in 2007-2009 as they did since 2017) but they did participate when it was in one of the world’s most expensive cities at the time (Tel Aviv, where my grandparents on one side are from) in 2019. And there are similar hotel pricing problems this year as occurred there.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
1 month ago
Reply to  Denis

There’s also the economic crisis we’re all currently living in to consider.

Sale
Sale
1 month ago
Reply to  Denis

Um Denmark, Sweden and Norway don’t require Visas from the Balkan countries. UK does.

Denis
Denis
1 month ago
Reply to  Sale

So did Israel yet Montenegro took part then. Plus in a far more expensive place than Liverpool

Heyey
Heyey
1 month ago

Aw man, so sad to see Montenegro go once again 🙁 I do, however, fully understand the decision behind this and the difficulties a small country, such as Montenegro, are facing in Eurovision. It got me wondering though how a smaller country like San Marino can manage it. Maybe Montenegro can try something similar in the future (Glas za Crnu Goru?) 😀 Anyways I really liked their entry last year, it was a decent effort and sad to see them being so underrated in the contest. Adio still remains my favourite, gives me the chills every time.

Sale
Sale
1 month ago
Reply to  Heyey

San Marino has secured a sponsor and Montenegro hasn’t. Plus they have 400+ participating in their selection and every person needs to pay a FEE. That will make up for a certain amount of money they will use to pay of their registration fee for esc. Also San Marino is much smaller so their fee is much smaller.

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
1 month ago

I’m guessing ESC 2023 will have 37 countries.

Antananarivo
Antananarivo
1 month ago
Reply to  Sir Stevia

Sorry, I forgot to mention Australia. Also its participation is still pending. But I really don´t expect that Czech Republic and Moldova are withdrawing.

Una
Una
1 month ago

Eurovision is a once a year event and the only large-scale international event with high ratings that is also family-oriented. Sponsors should be interested in promoting the country. The only Montenegrin persons I can remember of this year are Vladana at Eurovision and an athlete at a European athletics event (high jump) this summer.
Montenegro’s withdrawal is *sad*. Please change your minds.

Mac
Mac
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

It‘s ok to not be on everyone’s radar.

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Mac

Not ok. The fortnight is a unique opportunity for country branding and happiness galore. There are people who actually pay for the priviledge. Eurovision life is totally unfair.

Vivian
Vivian
1 month ago

A shame to see them pull the same thing as Bosnia did 6 years ago, but it’s understandable. Montenegro doesn’t have a big budget and with Vladana’s poor result, it’s hard to justify staying in the contest when your funds are already next to nothing

Leo
Leo
1 month ago
Reply to  Vivian

Bosnia has secretarian and structural issues due to the sides representing the confederation’s groups becoming more disparate and polarised. Montenegro is also very heavily divided between pro-EU and pro-United Russia dictatorship but it is a republic, not a confederation, so doesn’t have these particular issues.

aga
aga
1 month ago
Reply to  Leo

Bosnia is a not a confederation. It is a complicated federation with some elements of republican model too, but it is not a confederal state. Confederal state means two or more countries joined: Bosnian federal units (entities) were established in the 90’s while the country has been here, in different forms, for centuries, just internal functioning of Bosnia has been changed due to the war and a signed peace deal/contitutional changes in the 90’s.These changes have not turned Bosnia into confederation. Anway, the main problem in Bosnia is inability of the national broadcaster to cope against entity level broadcasters (national… Read more »

Leo
Leo
1 month ago
Reply to  aga

My mistake.

Leo
Leo
1 month ago

A bit sad. Whilst Montenegro haven’t even been above the bottom 3 in a heat since 2016, and have a limited talent pool without picking off from neighbours, I still don’t like the fact that a nation is withdrawing from the ESC we’re hosting, even though both us and them have a lot of economic issues, and they tried to have the cheapest campaign despite using a lot of resources (staying out of town to save a lot of money) but that didn’t work. The site that broke their departure also broke Bulgaria will do so as well (and had… Read more »

Leo
Leo
1 month ago
Reply to  Leo

I’m upset at losing this trio, even though only Bulgaria have had more than 1 quality song since 2016, as: *Israel and Armenia lose nations who would vote for them due to similar music tastes (though I think Toy got only 17 tele points across this trio, mostly from Bulgaria). It also leaves those 2 vulnerable in case of political deteriorations there, given how certain nations I will not name took themselves out of the picture, and how the Armenians quit 2021, a major bugbear for me. *it makes me more agitated for Czech and Armenia *it puts more pressure… Read more »

Voilà monsieur
Voilà monsieur
1 month ago

Shame to see Montenegro go! Maybe RTCG should sell those staff cars for the money!

No confirmation of withdrawal yet from Slovakia, Hungary, Turkey, Bosnia yet..especially when Slovakia said that a decision on whether they would participate or not would be made by late August!

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
1 month ago

None of the countries you mentioned will return this year if ever.

Leo
Leo
1 month ago
Reply to  Sir Stevia

Slovakia could if Czech are safe given they have a new director, though there is the matter of ratings and domestic issues like hyper inflation, but it would take political change in BHz, Hungary and Turkey for them to return. In February, BHZ stated that the divides between the Bosniak broadcaster and the hostile Serb broadcaster from demogogic Milorad Dodik mean there is a funding gap that will take time to bridge, even though there was a recent election, hence why it is hard to see them return in the near future, great as they have been at ESC.

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
1 month ago
Reply to  Leo

Didn’t Slovakia quit mainly cus their public interest was very low?
Also didn’t both Turkey & Hungary crapped on the contest after they quit it?
I’m struggling to see why any of these 3 returning would be a good idea..

When it comes to BnH; I really don’t want countries to participate if the contest is a drain on their precious resources you know?

Iain
Iain
1 month ago
Reply to  Sir Stevia

Bosnia is divided among three national groups who have their own TV channels. Each TV stations is sponsored and supported separately. BHRT gets money from region under Muslim control. They have rights to organise national final while other two groups don’t have it. Since Serbs and Croats can’t organise it in Banja luka or Mostar they don’t see reason to pay it. Republic of Srpska wanted to organise it but Federation refused to share rights.

Iain
Iain
1 month ago
Reply to  Leo

It is not hostile Serb broadcaster. Muslim Croat Federation didn’t pay debt of five years to EBU. Republic of Srpska wanted to organise national final in Banja luka before and cover the cost for Eurovision but the Federation refused their offer. Also one Bosnian emigrant offered to pay all costs if Bosnia sends Hanka Paldum but the Federation refused that too.

Antananarivo
Antananarivo
1 month ago
Reply to  Sir Stevia

I´m sharing your opinion. There will be no returning country in LIverpool.

tom
tom
1 month ago

I was expecting this story to be honest, but break is always good idea,

Waiting for Czech Rep, Bulgaria, N Macedonia and Azerbaijan – i feel some of them might be withdrawing too …

Would be interesting to see New country or comeback at 2023

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
1 month ago
Reply to  tom

-I’m worried for Bulgaria
-NM might withdraw and honestly it’s probably for the best….
-Armenia and Czech Rep will confirm soon I’m sure
-Azerbaijan confirmed already
-I don’t think we’ll see any returning or debuting countries in 2023

Hdhs
Hdhs
1 month ago
Reply to  tom

Unfortunately it’s been confirmed (not officially ) that Bulgaria will also withdraw, citing that there isnt a government in the country at the present moment due to the unstable political circumstances and the recent elections

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
1 month ago
Reply to  Hdhs

That fking sucks.

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
1 month ago

*Pretends to be shocked*

On a serious note, I feel bad for Montenegrin fans but we all knew about Montenegro’s monetary struggles and their poor placings in the contest.

Let’s see if ESC will have 39 countries.

Hdhs
Hdhs
1 month ago
Reply to  Sir Stevia

I think it won’t
Russia and Belarus are gone
Montenegro is gone
Bulgaria will also withdraw (trust me I have a source that said mont and Bulgaria will withdraw one of them already confirmed)
I’m a little worried about Czechia Moldova and Armenia but I think they will participate. Now for Azerbaijan… They said that they will participate in JESCno matter where it is held (Armenia in our case) but they withdrew. They also said that they will participate in ESC 2023 but that looks like a 50/50 situation

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
1 month ago
Reply to  Hdhs

Moldova and Armenia always confirm late so I’m not worried about them. Azerbaijan already confirmed and with Czech I’m slightly worried but more so confused? I think they should be fine?
Bulgaria is out most likely yeah. N. Macedonia will likely leave also.

1998
1998
1 month ago
Reply to  Sir Stevia

We will have maximum 37. The least since 2014.

George
1 month ago
Reply to  1998

Good. Less participants means more quality.

Nils
Nils
1 month ago
Reply to  George

There’s no correlation whatsoever.