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Montenegro in Eurovision Song Contest Odds

In February, Vanja Radovanović won Montenegro's national selection Montevizija 2018 with the song “Inje”, and with it the ticket to Lisbon for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.

For last year’s Eurovision Song Contest, Montenegro’s national broadcaster, RTCG, chose to select their participant internally, and they chose 32-year-old singer-actor Slavko Kalezić. After he failed to qualify for the grand final, network honchos decided that a national final format would most likely give them a better shot in 2018.

From a total of 30 songs that had been submitted, a jury composed out of composer and music producer Dejan Bozovic, singer Vladimir Maras, composer Slaven Knezovic, singer Ismeta Dervoz and Kornelija Kovac, vocalist of the 1974 Yugoslavian act Korni Grupa, narrowed the submitted entries down to just five finalists for a national final organized by the Montenegrin public television, RTCG, at the Hilton Crna Gora hotel in the capital, Podgorica, and which has been presented by Dajana Golubovic and Ivan Maksimovic.

After the first televoting round two acts got eliminated – Ivana Popovic Martinovic with “Poljupci” and the fan favorite Nina Petkovic with “Disem”. That meant that the three superfinalists are Vanja Radovanovic with “Inje”, Katarina Bogicevic with “Nezeljena”, and Lorena Jankovic with “Dusu mi daj”. After the second round of voting the final results were revealed, and the winner was Vanja Radovanovic.

Vanja Radovanović was born in 1982. Vanja's career kicked off in 2004 at the Budva Music Festival, where he competed with the song “Dripac” and won the award for the Best Debut.  In 2007 he released a new single called “Pričaj Dodirom”, followed by an album with the same title a few months later. At the time, it became one of Montenegro's best-selling albums.

Vanja is one busy guy; over the last decade he has released several singles, composed songs for other artists, performed at countless concerts, and also became the lead singer of the band called VIII2. In 2017, he released his second solo album, titled “Svi životi moji:. And of course he wrote and composed “Inje”, which would later become Montenegro's entry for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.

As for the reception from the Eurovision community regarding Vanja Radovanović being chosen for 2018, fans seem to be split down the middle. While many feel “Inje” is a deep, meaningful ballad, which most certainly has a chance at qualifying, others are disappointed that Montenegro would send what they feel is quite a bland entry.

Since its debut at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2007 , Montenegro has participated nine times in the competition since it was absent between 2010 and 2012. After its return, the Balkan country managed to qualify for the final in 2014 and 2015, being the seventh place of Sergej Cetkovic with 'Moj Svet' in Copenhagen, the country's best position in his brief history at the event.

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