The confirmations keep flooding in, and Azerbaijani national broadcaster Ictimai and Montenegrin national broadcaster RTCG have both confirmed that they have applied to take part in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, due to be held on the 9th, 11th and 13th May 2017 in the Ukrainian capital city of Kyiv. Neither have confirmed how they will select their acts, but based on their recent Eurovision outings it is likely that both will internally select their entry once again.

Up until the internal selection of Elnur Hüseynov in 2015 Ictimai had used variations of national finals to select their act, whether that be a competition to select their artist alone, or to select both their artist and song. This was an incredible success for Azerbaijan, scoring 6 consecutive top ten finishes. However, Dilara Kazimova’s 22nd place finish in 2014 which broke their run of top ten finishes seemed to prompt the broadcaster to change their selection method, opting to fully internally select their entry in 2015 and 2016, the latter being Samra’s Miracle. Samra kept Azerbaijan’s 100% record in tact in regards to making the final, finishing in 17th place in Stockholm. It is worth noting that it has recently been revealed that Azerbaijan are replacing their head of delegation for 2017, so maybe a change of selection method is possible.

On the other hand, Montenegro have struggled for success since their Eurovision debut as an independent country in 2007, a year earlier than Azerbaijan’s debut. RTCG have internally selected their entries for each of their Eurovision appearances except for their first two entries in 2007 and 2008 which both failed to qualify. In fact, it took until 2014 for Montenegro to reach their first Eurovision final when Sergej Ćetković finshed 19th. Knez improved upon this further with a 13th place finish in 2015 with Adio. However, Highway could only finish in 13th place in the first semi-final in Stockholm earlier this year thus failing to give Montenegro three consecutive qualifications.

Let us know in the comments below whether you think Azerbaijan and Montenegro should both continue with their internal selections, and which artists you think should be chosen to represent them!

My first memory of watching the Eurovision Song Contest was back in 2001 and, over the years, my passion and enthusiasm for the contest has very much turned into an obsession. I adore music and I love geography, so this contest is a natural fit for me. If la la loving Eurovision was a crime, I'd certainly be a criminal!

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