Following a submissions window, Montenegro’s national public broadcaster RTCG has revealed 30 songs have been submitted to compete in their national selection.
Reaching new heights
The news comes as Montenegro closed its submissions window on December 10th. RTCG announced a new national selection – Montevizija – to encourage songwriters both at home and abroad. According to Montenegro’s Head of Delegation, Ivan Maksimović, this was the greatest amount of interest expressed in the country to contribute to the Contest in ten years.
A ten-person panel will now listen to each of the submissions for Montevizija 2022 and score each submission out of 100 points. Once all the songs have been listened to and reviewed, the top entries will be announced. The public will then get to discover who is in contention to represent the Balkan nation in Turin. No public date is set for the national final thus far.
Montenegro’s history in Eurovision
Before Montenegro announced its return to the Eurovision Song Contest for 2022, Montenegro had a scattered appearance at the competition.
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 debuted in 2007 with Steven Faddy’s “Ajde, kroci”. This began 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
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