Montenegrin broadcaster RTCG have confirmed that the nation will not compete in next year’s Eurovision Song Contest. The decision was confirmed following whispers on a number of Eurovision fan blogs that this may be the case.
RTCG had confirmed their intention to participate in the 2020 Contest in September, but as time went on it became clearer that they would be unable to meet the financial requirements set down by the EBU. Although the EBU offered an extension to RTCG to meet the requirements, the broadcaster claim that it has ‘…tried its very best to compete in Rotterdam but things didn’t materialise in the end’. This will be the first time that Montenegro has not competed in the Contest since 2011.
In their eleven Eurovision attempts, the nation has only qualified for the Grand Final on two occasions. The first time was in 2014 when Sergej Ćetković finished in 19th place with ‘Moj svijet’ and the following year Knez gave them their best ever result with ‘Adio’ which finished 13th. The past four years has seen Montenegro fail to qualify and their most recent attempt in 2019 saw band D-Mol finish 16th out of 17 acts in their semi final. The band also recently won the awards for Worst Song and Most Cringeworthy Act at the Eurovision NI Awards 2019.
It is RTCG’s intention that they will compete again in 2021.
As things stand 40 countries have confirmed their participation for the 2020 Contest. This includes the return of Bulgaria and Ukraine who did not compete in 2019.