The Eurovision song contest started on the 24th of May 1956. Over the years it has become a European tradition and one of the longest running TV shows with an estimated 180 million viewers. The most famous Eurovision winners are the Swedish pop band ABBA who won this contest in 1974 and since then many other artists have gotten their start at this prestigious contest.
The Union of Montenegro and Serbia participated in the contest from 2004 to 2006. In the 2007 contest, held in Helsinki, they entered under their own names for the first time. Since then Montenegro has participated every year. In that year, 2007, the Eurovision contest was won by Serbia and the Serbian singer, Marija Serifovic with the song Molitva (Prayer). Marija Serifovic is no stranger to Montenegro and had been a popular performer at the Budva Music Festival.
Montenegro also started participating in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2014 when it was held in Malta. They have, so far, participated every year since then.
The highest rank Montenegro has obtained was 13th place in the grand-final in 2015. The artist was Knez who sang the song Adio. Knez is a popular singer in Montenegro and has released more than 10 albums. He was born in Centinje. His third album, Automatik, broke a lot of records in 1996.
The only other Montenegrin artist to make it the grand-final was Sergej Ćetković who placed 19th in the grand-final in 2014. He sang the song Moj Svijet (My World) which is his own composition. Sergej is a native of Podgorica. He started performing at the summer pop festival, Sunny Skale in Herceg Novi in 1998. His first album, Kristina was released in 2000. Since then he has appeared at many festivals, released more albums and has become a very popular popstar.
The other Montenegrin artists who did well in the contest include Highway, a pop-rock band from Podgorica. They participated in Stockholm in 2016 with their song The Real Thing and placed 13th in the first semi-final. Highway has four members, all male.
Of the few female artists to participate is the female hip-hop duo, Who See Klapa, who are from Kotor and Herceg Novi respectively. They placed 12th in the first semi-final with their song Igranka (Dance) in 2013.
Rambo Amadeus, who is famous for jazz-funk music, placed 15th in the first semi-final in 2012 with his song Euro Neuro. He was born in Herceg Novi. He has released 19 albums and has received numerous accolades for his work in music.
Andrea Demirovic was born in Podgorica. She completed her schooling at the High School of Music in Kotor and went on to study at the Music Academy in Centinje. She placed 11th in first semi-final with the song Just Get Out of My Life in 2009.
Stefan Filipović placed 14th in the first semi-final in 2008 with his song Zauvijek Volim Te (Never Forget I love you). Stefan Filipović was also a student of the Music Academy in Centinje and was born in Podgorica.
In 2017 Montenegro’s entry is the song Space and it will be performed by Slavko Kalezič.
We are looking forward to this performance and are holding thumbs that he finally wins Montenegro that elusive first place position!