The list of countries declaring an interest in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest in Baku continues to grow, with Montenegro saying "it is likely to happen".
Montenegro is another country who’s record in Eurovision has been slightly patchy. It has participated as an independent entity on three occasions, each failing to make it to the Saturday night final.
The new head of Montenegro’s public broadcaster Radio Televizija Crne Gore (RTCG) – Rade Vojvodic – has now confirmed that he wants Montenegro to participate because it needs representation on the world stage. He has gone on to add that this is regardless of his country’s eventual placing. Mr Vojvodic also revealed that he would soon be in discussion with the music indurtsy on the way forward, and that he would also have a large say in who will represent Montenegro in Baku.
Montenegro’s participation fee for 2012 would be €23,000 which is achieveable for the Balkan broadcaster when compared with the €85,000 that would have been necessary to send a song to Düsseldorf.
Montenegro, as part of the former Yugoslavia and then in 2004 and 2005 as Serbia-Montenegro, has participated in Eurovision for many years. In 2005 the Montenegro-based band No Name sang Zauvijek moja and finished 7th. Their first fully independent attempt for glory was in 2007 in Helsinki. Stevan Faddy could only manage 22nd in the single semi-final with ‘Ajde kroci. Montenegro’s best finish was in 2009’s first semi-final when Andrea Demorivic finished 11th.