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The Xtra Files: We Review Montenegro’s ‘Space’ by Slavko Kalezić!

Welcome to The Xtra Files, our new series which will give you an insight into what the team at escXtra think of your favourite entries into this year’s contest! Today, we review Montenegro.

Now that all the songs have been released, we are able to review each and every one of them. Our honest and brutal reviews will keep you entertained until the rehearsals start in May! We will also each give a score out of 10 for every entry, and create an escXtra leaderboard of the entries! You can see our preview reviews here.

Today, it is the turn of the Montenegrin entry, ‘Space’ by Slavko Kalezić, to be reviewed by Hlynur, Luke, Matteo, Nathan, Simon, and Yassia. Let’s get started!

The Reviews

Hlynur

Feels like this is written to get you all excited and fill you with power. But it fails to deliver that to me, I am not a fan. This song is too much for my taste. But it’s a bit catchy, might do well.

Luke

It’s Cezar, only about 50 years younger. He also has a hairy worm hanging off his scalp, and he’s spinning it around like he’s trying to rope in some cattle, but all he’s getting is another nonqualifier for Montenegro. Slavko himself is like a version of Günther that’s not self aware. The entry is a joke, though to be fair, it’s quite a funny one.

Matteo

I won’t use the three letters word that everyone is thinking of, so… guilty pleasure, I wouldn’t listen to it on purpose, but I wouldn’t mind to be at the Euroclub and dance on this. At the same time: he is fit. Properly fit.

Nathan

No comment.

Simon

Raging pop, which Eurovision has been oddly short of in the last few years. A pity the production is rather ’00s provincial gay bar’, as this song at least brings some energy.

Yassia

I can’t be objective, because I hate the hairstyle of this guy. Pretty dancing song, but there are plenty that are much better. Montenegro seems ridiculous to me this year. Don’t think it will reach the final. Well, at least it’s funny 😉

Scores

Dimitris 5 Rodrigo 3
Hlynur 4.5 Ryan 5.5
Katarina 7 Sagheer 1
Luke 1.5 Simon 3
Matteo 8 Sophie 1
Nathan 0 Wivian 1.5
Nick 3 Yassia 4

When we remove the top score of 8 and the lowest score of 0, the average score for Montenegro is 3.33.

(Removing the top score and the lowest score helps to make the average score more reliable and less affected by outliers.)

Leaderboard

Montenegro reaches 27th place in our leaderboard with a score of 3.33.

  1. France – 9.04
  2. Sweden – 7.77
  3. Belarus – 7.75
  4. Australia – 7.25
  5. Israel – 7.21
  6. Serbia – 7.08
  7. Estonia – 7.07
  8. Switzerland – 6.96
  9. Denmark – 6.83
  10. Armenia – 6.80
  11. Portugal – 6.79
  12. Hungary – 6.79
  13. Germany – 6.59
  14. Austria – 6.58
  15. Moldova – 6.58
  16. Greece – 6.54
  17. Norway – 6.33
  18. Latvia – 6.25
  19. Czech Republic – 6.25
  20. United Kingdom – 6.00
  21. The Netherlands – 5.33
  22. Albania – 5.21
  23. Ukraine – 5.13
  24. Malta – 4.25
  25. San Marino – 3.92
  26. Georgia – 3.91
  27. Montenegro – 3.33
  28. Slovenia – 2.13

Tomorrow, we will review Iceland.

Do you agree with our reviews of the Montenegro? What are your thoughts on Slavko Kalezić’s ‘Space’? Let us know in the comments!

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Luke Malam

I've watched Eurovision for as long as I can remember, but my interest really built in 2008, after I decided to watch the semifinals online, out of boredom, before the final...I was blown away by the quality of the show and have been hooked ever since! I'm a competitive trampolinist and I love baking. I've also just completed a master's degree in Research Methods in Psychology at University College London.

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