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Montenegro: How do you follow an act like Slavko?

17 January 2018 at 14:38 CET
Montenegro second rehearsal Thomas Hanses
Montenegrin broadcaster RTCG has revealed the list of finalists competing in the 2018 national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. Five acts in total will participate in the final which will take place on Saturday 17th February.

Montenegrin broadcaster RTCG has opted for a national final to select its entry for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. The five acts that will participate in Montevizija 2018 and compete for the right to represent Montenegro in Lisbon are:

  • Lorena Janković - Dušu mi daj
  • Nina Petković - Dišem
  • Vanja Radovanović - Inje
  • Ivana Popović Martinović - Poljupci
  • Katarina Bogićević - Neželjena

The winner of Montevizija 2018 will be decided solely through public votes. 

Montenegro at Eurovision

Montenegro made its Eurovision debut in 2007 when Stevan Faddy represented the country with the song Ajde Kroci. Previously the country entered the Eurovision Song Contest as part of Yugoslavia and as part of Serbia and Montenegro.

Slavko Kalezić was chosen to represent Montenegro at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Space. Slavko was one of the more colourful performers in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. His famous hairpiece created much discussion online and the same was true when he appeared on the X Factor in the UK. In the video for his Eurovision song, Space, the long ponytail was even used as a lasoo! "Of course it is not my real hair but it is made from real hair. It was the idea of stylist, she is amazing and very dedicated to me," he told us back in May 2017.

The finalists for the national selection in Montenegro were selected by a panel of experts including Ismeta Dervoz who represented Yugoslavia in Eurovision in 1976 as part of the group Ambasadori. She was also Head of Delegation when Bosnia & Herzegovina made its Eurovision debut in 1993.