Montenegro: 5 acts for Montevizija 2019 national final
Montenegro will be sticking to the Montevizija national final format for 2nd consecutive year, having a total of 5 acts competing for the golden ticket to Tel Aviv.
According to statements of Nataša Baranin , the country’s HoD, made to newspaper Pobjeda, a special committee of experts will shotlist the songs submitted to broadcaster RTCG , to a final number of 5 acts. These will be the national final contestants and hopefuls for Eurovision 2019. As announced on October 31 the result will be determined exlusively by public voting.
Stating that ex Yugoslavian countries are known at the contest for their Balkan Ballads and that kind of music is more successful ofr the region she went further on saying:
But a good song is a good song and finds its way if it’s nicely performed and not only because a lot have been invested in it or has neighboring allies or due to strong diaspora voting. In every winner there was some kind of detail, the style or perfromance that attracted more attention than other contestants, so a precise rule and recipe for a good placing doesn’t exist at no part of continent.
Concerning the issue that came up with this year’s representative Vanja Radovanovic and his inappropriate joke for kids that suffer a disability she commented:
We try to keep things under control, but it is the acts that appear on stage and on camera. It depends on them whether they listen to us or not. Contracts don’t help so much, but ablilites, experience and focusing do so. You can tell someone how exaclty to speak or predict what is going to happen there.
However she was clear that EBU hasn’t issued any warning or sanction on the Montenegrin Delegation for this matter. Ex Head of Delegation Ivan Maksimovic commented:
The contest requires a rational approach and the wish the act to showcase himself , his country to audience. We always, pretty much, send famous and recognised acts from who we expect to be mature until the end.
Supplementary he outlined the importance of good communication with the press and the good knowledge of English by the contestants.
Of course we, as a team, are here to help the idea of the song to be expressed and present it to the media and audience. the most important thing is to have a good song.