Montenegro: RTCG opens song submissions for Eurovision 2019 national selection

Montenegro: RTCG opens song submissions for Eurovision 2019 national selection

Montenegro’s national broadcaster , RTCG , opened this evening the window for song submissions for the Eurovision 2019 national selection.

Following last week’s administrative council’s decision , the national broadcaster launched today the song submission process. From today and for 30 days acts  and composers that are interested in representing the country in the forthcoming Eurovision can submit their songs to the national broadcaster. This year’s national selection process consists of two rounds:

Durng the first phase a special RTCG  panel of experts will listen to  all submitted songs and review them without having access to the ID of the composer or artist. If the song manages to go through this first round, the panel will have after access to the whole file submitted by the composer or artist. Each file must include the lyrics of the song, details on the composer or artist with their biographies.

Then the songs will be evaluated receiving points according to the following criteria:

  • Composition – Up to 50 points
  • Lyrics – Up to 30 points
  • Production potential of the composition – Up to 20 points

However it hasn’t been year clear if the song that will receive the most votes will be internally selected by RTCG or will go through a televised show, like Montevizija.

The Eurovision Story So Far

Montengro made its debut in the contest in 2007 as an independed country. It particpated until 2010 when it decided to withdraw due to financial reasons. In 2012 the country made its Eurovision comeback. In 2014 Sergej Ćetković and his song Moj svijet represented the country and achieved for the first time to qualify to the Grand final, ending in 19th place. One year later  Knez with his entry Adio scored the country’s best result by finishing 13th in the Grand final. In 2017 Slavko Kalezić, finished 16th in the semi final with the song  Space. 

In 2018, the country after a lot of years of internal selections revived the national final of  Montevizija, winner of which was Vanja Radovanovic who flew to Lisbon with his song Inje, finishing in 16th place in the second semi final .

Stay tuned in the INFE Network for more news about the Montenegrin national selection process for Eurovision 2019 and updates on more Eurovision 2019 national selections.


Angelo D.

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