With only one more entry to review for this year’s contest, let’s first finish off Semi-final 1 with a small Balkan nation that’s still waiting for its big breakthrough.
Montenegro first debuted at Eurovision back in 2005, when the union of Serbia & Montenegro finished allowing both nations to enter independently. While Montenegrin boyband No Name finished 7th as part of Serbia & Montenegro, Montenegro’s solo efforts haven’t faired anywhere near as well as Serbia’s.
While Serbia notched up several big hits including a victory in 2007, Montenegro have yet to qualify for a final, after six attempts. Admittedly some of those attempts haven’t exactly been mainstream, but still there is a lot of hope that – along with fellow non-qualifiers San Marino – this might finally be their year.
Sergej Ćetković was internally selected by the Montenegrin broadcaster to represent Montenegro in Copenhagen, and is an established singer in the region. However, I’m a little sceptical about how much that is going to help this year. Normally of course that would be a good thing, but several of the ex-Yugoslav republics have pulled out of the contest this year. Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina are all absent, something that certainly won’t help.
“Moj svijet” is also one of the few foreign-language songs in the mix this year. Still, it tries to give a good feel of Montenegro – that video is incredible, such beautiful scenery. The song itself is a little old-fashioned but it’s still really nice. But there are going to be casualties in Semi-final 1, and I’m afraid I think this will be one of the first in the firing line. A shame, of course, and the last thing we want is another Balkan nation pulling out, so I hope he does well.
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