The artist who represented New York at this year’s American Song Contest, Enisa claims that she was due to represent Montenegro at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023. This is due to take place in Liverpool, United Kingdom.
This comes after the Montenegrin broadcaster responsible for their Eurovision Song Contest representation – RTCG announced their withdrawal from the contest due to ”financial difficulties”.
Green Light for Liverpool
American Enisa, who is of Montenegrin decent from her parents took to twitter this afternoon (14th October) to respond to the news of RTCG’s choice to withdraw. This is what she claimed.
As prevIously stated Enisa represented New York with the song ”Green Light”, written by Cameron Warren, Enisa herself. She was eliminated at the semi final stage.
Montenegro in the Eurovision Song Contest
Montenegro’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest has not always been the most successful. While Montenegrin artists took part in Eurovision underneath the names of Yugoslavia in 1983 and 1984, and in 2005 under Serbia and Montenegro, their first participation in 2007 as an independent country saw Stefan Faddy failing to qualify from 2007’s semi-final.
From there, Montenegro entered on-and-off, sending some of Eurovision’s more weird and wonderful entries such as “Euro Neuro” or “Igranka”, but did not qualify until 2014, where Sergej Ćetković’s “Moj Svijet” became the first Montenegrin entry to make it through a semi-final and feature in the Grand Final as an independent country. This was followed by the beautiful “Adio” by Knez in 2015, which achieved Montenegro’s best position to date of 13th.
However, since 2015, Montenegro has failed to advance from the semi-finals with any entries, making them, of all the countries that participated in 2022, the country with the longest current ‘dry streak’ of not being present in a final, though they were not present for the 2021 contest in the interim. Side note: this unenviable ‘record’ will now be jointly held by Georgia and Latvia, each were last in the final in 2016 and have confirmed for 2023.
In 2022, Montenegro selected Vladana to represent them with the song “Breathe”. She attempted to represent Montenegro in 2005 and 2006, when the country was still part of Serbia and Montenegro. She finished 17th place in semi-final two, second from last, with 33 points.
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