We have Eurovision 2019 act announcements coming left, right, and centre, and this week also saw Montenegro host their national selection show, Montevizija, where D-Moll were crown as the winners, with their song “Heaven”.
D-Moll are a six-piece group consisting of Tamara Vujacic, Mirela Ljumic, Željko Vukcevic, Ivana Obradovic, Emel Franca, and Rizo Feratovic. They are a brand new group – by the looks of things, and very little information was revealed about this six-piece prior to the show.
They came out on top for both the jury vote and the televote, and then topped the televote a second time with 62% of the vote in the superfinal. Competing against them were second place Ivana Popovic-Martinovic with the song “Nevinost” (which means “Innocence” in English); she got 38% of the vote in the superfinal and was a clear second in the final.
Third and fourth places went to Eurovision fan-favourites Andrea Demirovic with “Ja sam ti san” (which means “I am your dream” in English) and Nina Petkovic with “Uzmi ili ostavi” (which means “Take it or leave it” in English), respectively. As for fifth place, that went to Monika Knezovic with the song “Nepogrješivo” (which means “Unmistakable” in English).
The winners were the only entrant who sang their song in English; but, surprisingly, it was originally in Montenegrin, titled as “Ti”. Could language have played a part in them winning, or was it the staging? It is a cool concept with the musical note and sheet projected on an LED screen as they stand on platforms that look like piano keys.
The song, “Heaven”, has been written by Dejan Božovic and Adis Eminic, but there have been reports that the song will be revamped. Their reasoning is the reaction to the song, with many people believing it isn’t good enough to win Eurovision. Could this revamp give Montenegro their third qualification in to the Grand Final?
They haven’t had the best time in Eurovision, having only made it to the Grand Final in 2014 and 2015 with Sergej Cetkovic’s “Moj svijet” and Knez’s “Adio”, respectively, out of their 10 entries; and, so, it’s no surprise they’re revamping the song in the hope they can make it to the Grand Final again.
It’s quite possible that the revamp will surprise us and become a front runner, especially since D-Moll are definitely bringing the harmonies this year, and they’re currently the only harmony group revealed thus far. Announced acts so far are Srbuk for Armenia, Tamta for Cyprus, Jonida Maliqi for Albania, Eliot for Belgium, Miki for Spain, Serhat for San Marino, Duncan Laurence for The Netherlands, Tamara Todevska for North Macedonia, Michela Pace for Malta, Bilal Hassani for France, Lake Malawi for the Czech Republic, PÆNDA for Austria, Darude feat. Sebastian Rejman for Finland. Michael Rice for the United Kingdom, Sergey Lazarev for Russia, Mahmood for Italy, and Kate Miller-Heidke for Australia. The other countries are expected to reveal their acts in the forthcoming months.
The 2019 Eurovision Song Contest will be hosted at the Expo Tel Aviv in Israel after Netta won last year with the song “Toy”. The two Semi-Finals will take place on 14 May and 16 May with the Grand Final taking place on 18 May. A total of 42 countries will compete in the contest.