Tel Aviv 2019

RTCG opens submissions for Tel Aviv!

A month after confirming that they will be joining the party in Tel Aviv, Montenegrin broadcaster RTCG has opened the submission for songwriters to submit their entries.  In addition to opening the submissions, Montenegrin broadcaster RTCG they have given an insight as to how they will select their entry for next year’s competition.

Entries can now be submitted to RTCG

The Montenegrin selection for Tel Aviv will comprise of two parts. Firstly, an initial, anonymous submission from authors. Once the submission deadline has elapsed, entries will be evaluated by a Jury Panel to create a shortlist. After this shortlist, the authors and the performers of the entries would then be revealed. Entries can be in either Montenegrin or English. 

Artists or songwriters who are interested, can find further details here, or send an email to [email protected]. However, the competition is only open for a short period of 30 days, making the submission deadline the 28th November.

How are entries being judged

RTCG will evaluate all of the submissions and use three criteria in order to select the entry.

  1. Composition – Up to 50 Points
  2. Lyrics – Up to 30 Points
  3. Production Potential of the Composition – 20 Points

The way that the Montenegrin entry will be selected (an internal selection or through a national final) is yet to be confirmed by RTCG. Previously, Montenegro have used both an internal selection and a national final to select their entries. 

Montenegro in the Eurovision Song Contest

Montenegro have made 10 appearances at Eurovision, but have only managed to make the final twice: in 2014 and 2015 respectively. They made a debut in Eurovision Song Contest back in 2007. Stevan Faddy represented the nation with his rocky “Ajde kroči“. Unfortunately, he failed to qualify for the final, finishing 22nd with 33 points in the semi. Nevertheless, Montenegro have been painfully close to qualifying on several occasions, such as 2009 and 2013 respectively. Their current best result is Knez’s 13th place in the Grand Final in Vienna, with his song “Adio”. Notably, this song was written by twice Eurovision entrant, Zeljko Joksimović. Serbian Zeljko has penned multiple songs for Balkan nations, which have all qualified to Saturday’s show. 

This year in Lisbon, Montenegro’s representative was Vanja Radovanović with the song “Inje“. However, he sadly didn’t manage to make the grand final, coming 16th place with 40 points in the second semi-final.

Do you think Montenegro can find the right song for Tel Aviv? Will they will be able to qualify for the Grand Final once more? Let us know your opinions and thoughts below or at social media @ESCXTRA!

Tim Jumawan

I started watching Eurovision ever since I moved to the UK in 2006, obsessed since 2012 and haven't looked back since.

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