Montevizija 2022 cancelled amid COVID-19 and financial troubles

October 22, 2021

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The Head of Entertainment for Montenegrin broadcaster RTCG, Ivan Maksimović, has announced, in an interview with Dnevne Novine, that Montevizija will not go ahead in 2022 due to COVID-19 and financial troubles.

"The first reason is related to the costs involved in organizing the competition, and it is a large amount that, for example, can be redirected to other projects. The second reason concerns the Coronavirus pandemic. We do not know what will be and how it will be, so no, we would not like to get into a situation where we are exposed to several months of efforts in that environment and then the competition will be uncertain."

More details regarding Montenegro’s selection method for Eurovision 2022 are expected to be announced in the coming weeks; but one thing that Ivan seems confident on is that the Montenegrin public will not have the final say, and that both Montenegrin and foreign songwriters could submit an entry.

"We have yet to announce a competition. Maybe the greater focus will be on the commission that will deal with these things, and it is more likely that it will be a way of selection, and not through public voting. However, we will talk about it when the time comes. The most important thing is that there are no limits that would prevent authors from other locations to apply and offer a composition that they believe there are performers in Montenegro, who would sing it. It is expected that they will also be represented."

Despite Montevizija being ruled out as Montenegro’s national final for Eurovision 2022, Ivan believes that the show could be brought back in another form in the future.

"I see Montevizija as a festival that, perhaps, could get bigger dimensions in the period end of winter/beginning of spring. Maybe to ‘come out’ of RTCG studios, in order to be more accessible to a larger number of participants. That would not automatically guarantee higher quality. but more songs would certainly contribute to the popularity."

Montenegro’s last Eurovision participation was in 2019, when the group D-Mol performed “Heaven” in the first semi final, finishing in 16th place. Montenegro withdrew from Eurovision 2020 and 2021, due to financial issues and a restructuring of their funds.

Are you sad to see Montevizija 2022 being cancalled? How do you think Montenegro will now chose their entry for Eurovision 2022? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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