Montenegro to open call for 2022 songs by the end of next week

A week ago, it was confirmed by Montenegrin national broadcaster RTCG that the Balkan nation would be returning to Eurovision for 2022.

Today, a press release has detailed that an open call for songs will start by the end of next week. The exact format for selecting the artist(s) and song is also going to be revealed next week.

Montenegro is one of two countries returning to the Contest next year, having withdrawn before the proposed 2020 Contest, citing high costs and budget decisions at RTCG as the reason.

They will return along with Armenia, who had originally planned to participate in 2021, but withdrew due to social and political crises in the aftermath of the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war.

This means, with no-one withdrawing, a total of 41 countries will compete in 2022.

Montenegro has competed at Eurovision 11 times since gaining independence from Serbia in 2006, their best result coming in 2015, when pop veteran and David Gest lookalike Knez brought Željko Joksimović-penned Balkan ballad Adio to 13th place.

Their most recent participation was in 2019, when D mol, often referred to as the “Slavic S Club”, sang Heaven in Tel Aviv in the first semi-final after winning that year’s edition of national final Montevizija.

Who would you like to see represent Montenegro on their Eurovision return in 2022? Let us know in the comments, and on our various social media platforms.

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