Montenegrin broadcaster RTCG has decided to take a different route for selecting their artist for Eurovision 2018. Since 2012, the nation has internally selected their candidate, however they will relaunch their Montevizija competition to select their artist and song for the 2018 contest.
This week the broadcaster announced that they will be accepting ‘fun and popular’ entries for consideration up until 15 December. They outlined the rules stating that they will accept submissions from songwriters of any nationality but that there will need to be some co-operation from local artists. In terms of lyrics they will need to be written in Montenegrin or later translated into the nation’s native tongue.
Songwriters are invited to submit up to two songs. The submissions will then be listened to a five member committee (anonymously). They will score entries on three criteria: composition (50%), lyrics (30%) and production potential (20%). After scoring the entries, the panel will select five songs to compete in the Montevizija 2018 Grand Final on 17 February.
Montenegro have had a poor showing at Eurovision in their twelve year history. They’ve only qualified for the final on two occasions in 2014 and 2015, with their best result coming from Knez’s ‘Adio’ which finished in 13th place.