We’re halfway through the entries from semi-final 1, as we head to the country with the most biodiversity in Europe, black mountains (hence the name) and Le Chiffre’s favourite casino. It’s Montenegro!!!
Montenegro first participated in the Eurovision Song Contest as an independent nation in 2007 and will make their ninth appearance in the contest this year. Previously, they took part as part of Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro (a Montenegrin boyband caused the country to fall apart). Their best result is 13th place, achieved by Knez in 2015. Last year, Highway failed to qualify for the final, finishing 13th in semi-final 1 with “The Real Thing”.
The Montenegrin broadcaster, Radio i televizija Crne Gore (RTCG), held an open selection for both artist and song. Slavko Kazelić was chosen to represent the country in Kyiv.
Slavko Kazelić was on October 4th 1985 in Podgorica (then Titograd). He graduated from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Montenegro in 2007, specialising in dance and singing. In 2009, he started a Masters in Acting. Since 2008, he has been a member of the Montenegrin National Theatre. Apart from his native Montenegrin, he is also fluent in English, Spanish and French. His first single “Muza” was released in 2011. In 2013, his music career was boosted after appearing on the first season of the Pan-Adria X Factor. He was picked for the Over-27’s category, mentored by Željko Joksimović, who represented Serbia and Montenegro in 2004 and Serbia in 2012. He did not advance from Judges’ Houses but still found success. His first album San o vječnosti (Dream of Reality) was released in 2014. Slavko’s entry for Kyiv, “Space” was written by Adis Eminić, Iva Boršić and Momčilo Zeković. The latter also composed the song.
Where do I start? The gay is strong with this one! Whipping that braid back and forth, toplessness and giving face to the camera, Slavko knows who his target audience is. Pity the song isn’t that great. It’s one of my least favourite songs in this year’s contest. The heavy, sleazy, club beats in the verses don’t really gel well with the disco sound in the chorus. It sort of reminds me of when you’re watching something dirty on television and your parents come in unannounced and you have to change the channel quickly to something less dirty. I can see it being a guilty pleasure for some but nothing more.
What Could Have Been
Prior to the annoucement of Slavko, the hot favourite to represent Montenegro was Milena Vučić. Formerly a member of the band Negre, Milena went solo in 2006 and has had a string of hits since. Hopes were high when she announced that she had entered a song in the selection. But all those hopes came crashing down again when Milena announced that she had withdrawn from the selection, citing the selction process itself as her reason. Personally, she would have been a much better choice than Slavko, as seen in one of her hits Zovi svoje drugove (Call your friends).
Sretno u Crnu Goru!
Will Slavko be out of this world or will he burn out upon re-entry? Leave your comments below. Stay tuned tomorrow for another Eurovision preview!
(Sources: eurovision.tv, RTCG, YouTube)