Back in early October, RCTG confirmed that Montenegro will return to the Eurovision Song Contest after a two-year absence. Unlike their past two entries, their comeback will be selected internally via a points-based system. The submissions window opened last week.
On Thursday, Montenegro’s RTCG opened its submissions window for Eurovision 2022. Songwriters regardless of nationality are invited to compete in the selection process with up to two songs. Singers, however, must have Montenegrin citizenship. Songs released prior to October 1st are not eligible to compete, despite the EBU requirement being September 1.
The deadline for submissions is December 10. After this date, a jury will assess all of the entries based on the following criteria:
- Song – 50 points available
- Lyrics – 30 points available
- Productional potential of the piece – 20 points available
The maximum number of points an entry can receive is 100 points, with the highest scoring entry winning the ticket to Turin.
The return of Montenegro
With their newly confirmed return, Montenegro joins a list of 30 countries that will also compete for the Eurovision trophy in Italy. The Balkan country had a 2 year absence, not competing in the contest in 2021 and 2020. Already in 2021, Montenegrin artists called for a return to the contest.
Their latest entry came in 2019, where group D-Mol failed to qualify with their song ‘Heaven’. The country missed out on the 2020 and 2021 contests, but is set to return in 2022!
Shortly after the announcement, Ivan Maksimović, the Head of Entertainment at RTCG, confirmed that Montevizija will not be used to select the Montenegrin act for Eurovision 2022 due to financial constraints on the broadcaster and the uncertainty of the pandemic.
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