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RTCG yet to decide if Montenegro will participate in Eurovision 2019

The Balkan nation last qualified for the Eurovision grand final in 2015

There’s no time for rest in the world of Eurovision and we are just a couple of months away from the deadline for broadcaster to submit their provisional applications to participate in the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. In a statement given to ESCXTRA.com, Montenegrin broadcaster RTCG reveals they are currently unsure as to whether Montenegro will take part in Israel next year.


Yet to decide

We thank RTCG for the swift response to our request for information on their plans for next year’s Eurovision Song Contest. RTCG’s statement to ESCXTRA.com is as follows:

We did not decide if we are entering Eurovision next year.

Three consecutive non-qualifications

Since Montenegro’s debut in the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest, the Balkan nation has struggled to achieve success.  It took until 2014, Montenegro’s sixth appearance in the contest, to achieve qualification for the first time. The honour came courtesy of Sergej Ćetković whose beautiful ballad Moj svijet finished 19th in the grand final in Copenhagen.

Montenegro made it two qualifications in a row in Vienna, when Knez finished in 13th place with Adio. The result remains Montenegro’s best placing at the Eurovision Song Contest and also the most recent occasion in which the nation qualified for a Eurovision grand final. This year, Vanja Radovanović won Montevizija, Montenegro’s first national final since 2008. His song, Inje, finished 16th in the second semi-final after placing 14th in the televote and 14th in the jury vote.

Eighteen provisional confirmations so far

So far, eighteen nations have revealed their provisional interest in participating in next year’s Eurovision Song Contest. These are as follows:

  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Israel (host nation)
  • Malta
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Ukraine

Do you expect Montenegro to participate in next year’s Eurovision Song Contest? Who would you like to see represent the Balkan nation in future? Let us know in the comments and via our social media channels @ESCXTRA!

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