Previewing the Entrants of Eurovision 2019 – Part Twenty-Seven: Montenegro

Hello everyone and welcome to another post on The Blogging DJ. Today we will be continuing to look in-depth at each of the forty-one entrants competing in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. In this post we are off to Podgorica to discuss the act from Montenegro, D mol, and their song “Heaven”.

Selection Process

For this year’s contest, the Montenegrin broadcaster RTCG organised a national selection to decide their entry. Artists and songwriters could submit songs from the 28th of October 2018 and on the 18th of December, the five finalists were revealed. Montevizija 2019 took place on the 9th of February and D mol won after winning three of the four categories, and then getting the most televotes in the two act Superfinal. The song later had a revamp. It has also been announced that Montenegro will perform early on in semi-final one, in slot number two.

Music Video

The Blogging DJ’s Review

Starting with the positives, the revamp is much better than the dire original, adding a lot more of that traditional sound, which I love. Most of the harmonies work quite well live. However, the song is an awkward hybrid of traditional Balkan sounds mixed with modern electronic beats, circled around lyrics which were probably recycled from a 90s B-side. It is not even cheesy enough to be a guilty pleasure; instead it goes down the ‘be as pleasant as possible’. With six members in the band, it leaves no room for the musician producing the traditional sound from the music video, thus removing the one thing that’ll even make me consider voting for this. 5

Live Performance Video

Odds

According to Oddschecker, you can currently gets odds from 100/1 up to 350/1 on Montenegro to win the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. This suggests that bookmakers and betters see this song as being very unlikely to progress to the Grand Final on Saturday night, but might be worth a punt if you believe in the song enough.

Record at Eurovision

Montenegro have competed in the Eurovision Song Contest on 10 occasions since making their debut in the 2007 contest. However, they have only made the Grand Final twice: in 2014 with Sergej Ćetković (19th) and 2015 with Knez (13th overall). Last year, Vanja Radovanović tried to mimic the country’s best results in the contest with a Balkan ballad called “Inje”, but only managed to make Europe fall to sleep, finishing in sixteenth position in their semi-final.

So what are your thoughts on the Montenegrin entry for Eurovision 2019? Is it a song blessed by angels or from the depths of Hell? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below, and stay tuned for more Eurovision themed posts coming out in the weeks up to the contest!

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One comment

  1. I like the song but it always seemed very flat. Now I just heard the new mix for the first time and I’m relieved. They did a great job of the remake. I feel though it is too little to push them into the final. Multi singer efforts like this often suffer from the individuals trying to stand out and over perform. I hope they manage that hurdle, too.

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