Montenegro will begin its search for its entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 2022, as public broadcaster RTCG will open its submission window for songs.
Returning to form
The exact method of how the artist and song will be selected will be revealed next week as the broadcaster calls for singers and songs.
Montenegro has used a variety of methods to select their Eurovision entrants in the past; from national selections like MontenegroSong in 2007, 2008 and Montevizija 2018 and 2019. Other years employed internal selections in 2009 and from 2012 to 2017.
The announcement of the submissions window comes as Montenegro announced its return to the competition. Montenegro withdrew from the Contest in 2020 and 2021 due to financial difficulties within RTCG. The money used to fund participation in these years was instead spent on transport vehicles at RTCG.
Montenegro’s history in Eurovision
There has been a Montenegrin presence at the Eurovision Song Contest as far back as 1983, when the nation was a part of Yugoslavia. Montenegrin entries went on to represent Yugoslavia in 1983 and 1984, placing 4th and 18th respectively. Similarly, the nation also sent an entry as part of Serbia and Montenegro in 2005, placing 7th with No Name’s “Zauvijek moja”.
As an independent nation, Montenegro’s debut entry came in 2007 with Steven Faddy’s “Ajde, kroci”. This kicked off a string of non-qualifications, until their first appearance in a Grand Final in 2014. Montenegro’s best result came in 2015 with Knez’s “Adio”, scoring 44 points and placing 13th. Their most recent appearance in the Contest was in 2019, when D-mol finished in 16th place in the semi-final with 46 points.
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News Source: RTCG
Picture Credit: EBU / Andres Putting