After a two-year absence, Montenegro will return to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2022! Montenegrin broadcaster RTCG has confirmed exclusively to ESCToday that they will be joining the other confirmed countries in Turin, Italy next year.
Montenegro’s Absence and Return
Montenegro’s last participation in the contest was in 2019 with D-Mol’s “Heaven”, which failed to qualify for the Grand Final. RTCG then withdrew from the then-upcoming 2020 contest due to a few factors.
At the time, the broadcaster stated that their decision was partly due to recent poor results at the contest. Additionally, financial costs were a factor, with RTCG concluding that the results did not justify the cost of participation.
RTCG again declined to participate in Eurovision 2021. Despite this, fans have shown their appreciation for Montenegrin entries and expressed hope that the nation would return to Eurovision. Today, that hope has been realized.
Further details, including Montenegro’s selection method for their 2022 entrant, will be announced at a later date.
Montenegro at the Eurovision Song Contest
After participating as part of Yugoslavia and the as Serbia & Montenegro, Montenegro made its official debut at Eurovision in 2007 with Stevan Faddy’s “Ajde, kroci”, which failed to qualify for the Grand Final. Two more non-qualifications led Montenegro to withdraw in 2010 and 2011 before returning in 2012.
Montenegro finally qualified to the Grand Final in 2014 with Sergej Cetkovic and “Moj svijet”, which finished in 19th place. 2015 brought Montenegro its best-ever result with Knez’s “Adio” placing 13th in the final. It has since become a fan-favourite. Unfortunately, Montenegro has not managed to qualify since 2015. However, they did provide us with one of the most iconic non-qualifiers with “Space” by Slavko Kalezic.
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News Source: ESCToday
Photo Source: EBU / Andres Putting