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RTCG board members split on Eurovision participation

Recently, the RTCG board members gathered for a meeting to discuss matters regarding the country’s participation in the contest. After some disagreements between the members, the council reached a decision and revealed their plans for Montenegro in the upcoming contest.

“An unusual meeting”

Despite already confirming their participation for the upcoming contest, the council appeared to be torn on that matter. In what was called “an unusual meeting” by council member Milan Radovic, several members expressed their mixed opinions regarding the country’s participation. Specifically, Radovic said that he was initially in favor of Montenegro’s participation, but he later decided to vote against it. Furthermore, he stated that Israel violates the human rights of the Palestinians and the other members of the EBU should take that into consideration for their participation.

Mimo Drašković, another member of the council, said that geopolitical conflicts shouldn’t be a boundary for music. He went on to say that he wanted the country to take a break from the contest as it was “negative experience” and cited their poor results in the last two years as the main reason. Nevertheless, he agreed on the country’s participation on the condition that the management follows closely the selection of the Montenegrin entrant.

The head of the council, Ivan Jovetić, seemed to agree with Drašković. He also described Eurovision as a “negative experience” and asserted that the next contestant should prepare better for the competition, as they are “not representing themselves, but the country”.

Eventually, the council decided in favor of the country’s participation, with Milan Radović abstaining and the rest voting for yes.

Changes in the selection process

As it was revealed in the recent council’s session, the broadcaster will make an open call for songs, which is expected to commence next week. In addition, the council announced some alterations in the country’s selection process.

During the meeting, the council decided on two changes for the selection process: a) songs can be in both the official language of the country, Montenegrin, and English, and b) the review period for the submitted songs will now be 30 days, instead of 45.

Montenegro in Eurovision

Montenegro made their debut appearance in 2007 with Stevan Faddy and the song “Ajde, kroči”. The country did not manage to make it to the finals up until 2014, when Sergej Ćetković placed 19th in the final with ‘Moj svijet’. The following year, the country achieved their best result with Knez’s ‘Adio’ which placed 13th in the final. 

Vanja Radovanović represented the country in 2018 with the song ‘Inje’. However, the song placed 16th in the second semi-final and therefore failed to qualify to the final.

Are you happy that Montenegro will be present in Tel Aviv? Who do you want to see representing the country next year?

Let us know in the comment section below or on all social media @ESCXTRA. 

Dimitris Ioannou

I'm Dimitris, from Cyprus. Eurovision has been a big part of my life for so long now. My first memories of the contest go back to 2005, which was a special year as Greece had won with Helena Paparizou. But 2009 was truly the first year I became a die-hard Eurofan, which is why that year holds a special place in my heart.

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