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Highway

© EBU/Andres Putting About Quick Facts MembersPetar TošićMarko PešićLuka VojdovićBojan Jovović Founded2015 Nationality🇲🇪 Montenegrin National SelectionInternal selection 2016 In Eurovision2016 Stockholm SongThe Real Thing (2016) Biography Highway is a Montenegrin band. They were founded in 2013 by Petar Tošić, Marko Pešić and Luka Vojdović. They enjoyed listening to pop, rock, blues and jazz, and their Idol was Ed Sheeran. The band rose to fame when they participated in the 2nd season of X Factor Adria and ended in 4th place. Their audition song in The X Factor, “Bar na kratko”, also became their first hit. They participated in another contest, Sunčane Skale, with that song. They reached the 3rd place in the newcomer section of the contest. In October 2015, it was announced that they would represent Montenegro in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest.  On 23 November they presented their first song, “Sam”. A month later, Bojan Jovović, former member of No Name, joined the group. The song they brought in Eurovision,  entitled “The real thing”, was presented in March 2016. At the Eurovision Song Contest itself, the band unfortunately didn’t manage to reach the final. The follow up of the Eurovision song, “Lud”, was released in October of 2016. On July 28, 2017, their video of the song “Što dalje” was published. In 2018, the band signed with Croatia Records. Their first successes were “Navika” and “Salt Lake City”. In 2019, they performed at the Miss Montenegro ceremony. In 2020, the journal CDM declared that the music video for the song “Navika” is one of the most beautiful Montenegrin music videos. In 2021, they were nominated at the Adria Muzzik Video Awards 2020 in the category of Best Rock Music Video for the song “Svijetlija Strana Ulice”. They lost to the music video for the song “Ti Si Taj” by the Serbian band Goblini. Also in 2021, they released their first album, “Skica Za Portret,” which includes 10 tracks, including 2 unreleased songs. Entries The Real Thing Country🇲🇪 Montenegro Year2016 LanguageEnglish LyricsSrđan Sekulović Skansi MusicSrđan Sekulović SkansiMaro MarketLuka Vojvodić BackingsNikola MarjanovićMarija Lazić Results Semi Points: 60Position: 13Running order: 15 Results Finals Points: –Position: –Running order: – https://youtu.be/FgKehisElQI

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Vanja Radovanović

© EBU/Andres Putting About Quick Facts NameVanja Radovanović Born28 October 1982 Nationality???????? Montenegrin National SelectionMontevizija 2018Beovizija 2006 In Eurovision2018 Lisbon SongInje (2018) Biography Vanja Radovanovic is a Montenegrin singer-songwriter, born in Belgrade. He started his career in 2004, when he made his first public appearance at the Budva Music Festival, where he received the award for best debut with the song “Dripac”. In 2005, Vanja participated in the same festival with the song “Krila olovna” which became a big hit in Montenegro and Serbia. In the same year he performed at the Radio Festival of Serbia, also as an author, with the song “Izvini ne menja ljude”, for which he recorded the first video of his career. In 2006 he took part in Beovizija, the Serbian semifinal for the preselection of the Eurovision Song Contest 2006. In 2007, Vanja released the single “Pričaj dodirom”, for which a video was made. At the end of 2007 he formed the band Baptism of Fire. In mid-May 2008, Vanja released his debut album “Pričaj dodirom”. Since this project has become one of the best selling in Montenegro, Radovanovic has been selected by T-Mobile Montenegro and NOKIA to be the promoter of the new music phone. Immediately afterwards, a series of concerts with the band in the squares and clubs in Montenegro followed, where the video for “Takav sam i sad” was made. In 2009, he released the single and video for the song “Ne pitaj za mene” At the end of 2010, he published promo material called “Bez koncepta”, featuring three songs “Milo moje”, “Novi Sad” and “Rakija”. In the meantime, he prepared new material and also wrote songs for many other artists from the region. In the spring of 2012, he started recording a new album. In June of the same year, a single was released called “Padobran”, for which the video was recorded. The second single, “Svi životi moji”was released in December 2013.  In 2017, Vanja released his second album, “Svi životi moji”. In 2018, Vanja was chosen to represent Montenegro in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Inje”. In 2021, he released his third album “Baš je glupo što sam mrtav“. Entries Inje Country???????? Montenegro Year2018 LanguageEnglish LyricsVanja Radovanović MusicVanja Radovanović BackingsJelena Đurić-MitićLena KuzmanovićBole MartinovićAna MašulovićIvana Vladović Results Semi Points: 40Position: 16Running order: 16 Results Finals Points: –Position: –Running order: – https://youtu.be/XEi080yOuB8

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Who see

© Albin Olsson About Quick Facts MembersDejan Dedović (Dedduh)Mario Đorđević (Noyz) Founded2002 Nationality🇲🇪 Montenegrin National SelectionInternal selection 2013 In Eurovision2013 Malmö SongIgranka (2013) Biography Who See, sometimes referred to as Who See? or Who See Klapa, is a renowned hip-hop duo hailing from Kotor, Montenegro. Comprising members Dedduh (Dejan Dedović) of Kotor and Noyz (Mario Đorđević) of Herceg Novi, the duo came together in 2002, marking their entry with the demo track “Dim po dim” (“Puff after puff”). Their music gained traction with features on Serbian hip-hop compilation “Ulice vol.1” and 43Zla’s album, Sve same barabe. 2007 saw the release of their debut album, “Sviranje kupcu”, which showcased collaborations with a range of artists. They teamed up with artists such as Sean Price, Ajs Nigrutin, Wikluh Sky, Prti Bee Gee, Krešo Bengalka, Kid Rađa, Frenkie, Random, Smoke Mardeljano, Kendi, and Labia. Who See Klapa earned the privilege to kickstart Kotor’s 2008 Refresh Festival’s hip-hop section on 7 August. Their stellar performance at Maximus discothèque at midnight not only marked their growing reputation beyond Montenegro but also set the stage for Serbian rapper Marčelo. Both Dedduh and Noyz have also ventured into solo projects. Dedduh’s solo outing, “Kakav ćemo refren?” featured Serbian rapper Ajs Nigrutin. Noyz, on the other hand, unveiled “Niđe hedova masnija” in collaboration with Ajs Nigrutin and Timbe. 2013 was a milestone year as Who See, after clinching the MTV Adria award for Best Regional Act, was chosen to represent Montenegro at the Eurovision Song Contest held in Malmö. Teaming up with singer Nina Žižić, they performed “Igranka” during the first semi-final on 14 May 2013, although they did not progress to the finals. In 2014, they won an MTV Adria Award again, a Double Platinum Award. The song “Dinamida” became a huge hit. On July  28, 2014, their album “Nemam ti kad” was released. In November, their song “Đe se kupaš”, reached the no. 1 spot of the MTV Top List. In 2015 and 2016 Who See performed on numerous festivals in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro. Their single “Sobe Zimmer Rooms” reached the first place in the national charts. In June 2017, the duo released a new single called “Naselj”, including video. On 1 July a new album came out, “Pamidore”. In January 2019, Who See reached the final of the Music Award Ceremony with the song “Naselj”. In May of the same year, a new song “Đedovina” was released. The two teamed up with Sergej Ćetković for the single “Pusti probleme”. The song won a MAC Music Award for best collaboration. A new single was released in July 2020: “Amo popit po pivo”. The song was built around a campaign of the Trebjesa Brewery. A new collaboration came in November of that year, this time with Alejuandro Buendija. “Idu Dani” was their single. It was in November 2021 that they teamed up with TriXstar, releasing the single “Viđi dane”. In April 2023 they featured in a Smoke Mardeljano record, “21. Ovaj Krug”. Entries Igranka Country🇲🇪 Montenegro Year2013 LanguageMontenegrin LyricsDejan DedovićMario ĐorđevićĐorđe Milenović MusicĐorđe Milenović BackingsNina Žižić Results Semi Points: 41Position: 12Running order: 9 Results Finals Points: –Position: –Running order: – https://youtu.be/FR9rtB2ilZU?si=BJI-7Xj6aXyLDeSq

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Slavko Kalezić

© EBU/Thomas Hanses About Quick Facts NameSlavko Kalezić Born04 october 1985 Nationality🇲🇪 Montenegrin National SelectionInternal selection 2017 In Eurovision2017 Kyiv SongSpace (2017) Biography Slavko Kalezić is a Montenegrin singer and actor. He was born in Titograd, Yugoslavia (currently Podgorica, Montenegro). Slavko studied at the Academy of Performing Arts at Cetinje, Montenegro. After his studies he became a part of the Ensemble of the Montenegrin National Theatre. He played several roles in theater and movies like “L’homme qui voulait vivre sa vie” in 2010, “Lokalni vampir” in 2011. In 2011 he released a single called “Muza”. He had a role in the romantic comedy “Budva na pjenu od mora” from 2012 until 2014.  In 2013, Kalezić rose to fame by competing in series 1 of X Factor Adria, the Serbian pan-regional version of The X Factor. Unfortunately he failed to make it to the live shows and the Final. In 2014, after X Factor Adria, Kalezić released the album “San o vječnosti”. Singles included most notably “Krivac”, “Feel the Music” and “Freedom”. Slavko was, in 2017, internally selected as the Montenegrin entrant to the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with his song, “Space”, on 29 December 2016. He represented Montenegro in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with the song “Space”. Slavko did not qualify to compete in the final. In July 2017, he auditioned for the fourteenth series of the UK The X Factor. Also here, he did not make it to the live shows. Slavko was invited by RTP and OGAE Portugal to travel to Lisbon and perform at a number of events during the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. Slavko performed remixes of his Eurovision 2017 song “Space” along with new single “El Ritmo” in Lisbon. In April 2018 hepublished a book called Moja Istina (My Truth) about his experience at Eurovision 2017 and The X Factor. It was published in Montenegrin with a view to having it translated to English later on. In November 2019, he produced and performed a one-off show at the Ramada Hotel in Podgorica of the same name, telling the story of the book in a musical multi-media show. In 2020, Slavko joined a campaign of the Montenegrin government around the COVID19 measures. In November of that year, he had a role in the play “Posjeta”, and in March 2021 “Đokonda”. With the monodrama “Soulfood”, he celebrated 15 years of acting. In October of the same year, he played a role in “Omladina bez boga”. In April 2022, Slavko could be seen on stage in a play called “Djeca sunca”. In May of the same year, a new single, “Ko smo mi?” was released. In July, he played a role in “Pokojnik” with the Montenegrin National Theatre. In December 2022, Slavko went to the field of ballet, in the play “Cippolino”.   Entries Space Country🇲🇪 Montenegro Year2017 LanguageEnglish LyricsAdis EminićIva BoršićMomčilo Zeković MusicMomčilo Zeković BackingsOliver KatićMarko NikolićIgor Stanojević Results Semi Points: 56Position: 16Running order: 6 Results Finals Points: –Position: –Running order: – https://youtu.be/rQ1BXJpfa4I

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Knez

© EBU/Andres Putting About Quick Facts NameNenad Knežević Born5 December 1967 Nationality🇲🇪 Montenegrin National SelectionInternal selection 2015MontenegroSong 2008Evropesma – Europesma 2004 In Eurovision2015 Vienna SongAdio (2015) Biography Nenad Knežević Knez, is a Montenegrin pop singer and songwriter. He was born on December 5, 1967, in Cetinje, the Socialist Republic of Montenegro, Yugoslavia, in a musical family. He spent his childhood and youth in Podgorica. His first public performance was at the age of six at the Naša radost festival in Podgorica, where he sang the song “Bio jednom jedan lav” (Once Upon a Lion). By winning the competition, he became the soloist of the children’s choir “Suncokrili” (Sunflowers). During high school, he formed his first band called Visoka frekvencija, and during that time, he composed songs like “Da l’ si ikada mene voljela” (Have You Ever Loved Me) and “Ti si kao magija” (You’re Like Magic), which would later become hits for Knez. Shortly after, he formed The Moon Band and became a star on many hotel terraces along the Montenegrin coast. A few years later, together with his father Milija, a legend of the Montenegrin music scene, he gathered the most talented musicians in Montenegro: guitarist Milorad Jovović – Šule and arranger-keyboardist Aleksandar Saša Tamindžić, and thus, Montenegro Band was formed. They performed throughout the former Yugoslavia, gaining extensive experience in live performances. Knez began his solo career in 1992, appearing at the prestigious Yugoslav music festival MESAM with the song “Da l’ si ikada mene voljela,” which became a big hit overnight. This was followed by his debut album titled “Kao magija” (Like Magic). Most of the hits from this album were composed by Leo Đokaj and Knez, with lyrics written by Ljubo and Zlatko Jovović. The album also includes a duet with Rambo Amadeus titled “Ne kukaj nam djede Niko” (Don’t Cry for Us, Grandfather Niko). Nenad Knežević Knez’s distinctive and original voice that emerged on the Yugoslav music scene in the 1990s was recognized with numerous awards, including Album of the Year, Oskar of Popularity, Golden Hit, Golden Cassette, Golden Palm, Melko, and others. In late 1994, his second album “Iz dana u dan” (Day by Day) was released, preceded by the maxi single of the song “Moja mala” (My Little One) in four different versions. Many hits were remembered from this album, but Knez’s favorite was the duet “Vrati je more” (Return Her, Sea), which he performed with his father Milija Knežević. Most of the songs were accompanied by excellent music videos. Two years later, Knez released his third album, “Automatic,” which broke all sales records. In addition to major hits, the album stood out with the duet “Bubamara” (Ladybug) featuring actor Branislav Lečić. The peak of his career up to that point was marked by a grand solo concert in Belgrade’s Sava Center. Three years later, the compilation album “The Best of Knez” with 18 greatest hits was released, including two new songs: “Nijedna žena na svijetu” (No Woman in the World) and “Ti ne znaš ko sam ja” (You Don’t Know Who I Am) in collaboration with Vlado Georgiev. Afterward, preparations began for his performance at the Pjesma mediterana – Budva 2000 festival. In this highly competitive event, Knez won the first prize with the song “Vjeruj” (Believe). His victory in Budva served as an excellent preview for his most complete and, according to many, best album yet, titled “Daleko, visoko” (Far, High). Songs from that album became the most listened to on many radio and TV stations in the region. In May 2003, Knez delighted his audience with his fifth album, “Ti me znaš” (You Know Me). The album featured twelve new songs, one of which had already achieved success at the Sunčane Skale festival in Herceg Novi (Silver Siren 2002 for the song “Pobijedila si ti” – You Won), and it showcased a very interesting blend of styles. In 2004, Knez took part in Evropesma – Europesma, the national final for the Eurovision Song Contest in Serbia and Montenegro. In the final, his song “Navika” reached a 7th place. The self-composed song had lyrics from Snežana Vukamanović. In 2005, Knez released his sixth album titled “Vanilla,” in which he changed his style again and turned to house and R&B, collaborating with a completely new team of young arrangers. The album was produced in Belgrade, Skopje, and Zagreb, and many top instrumentalists and studio musicians participated in its realization. The album includes a duet “Emina” with singer Emina Jahović. In 2006, he achieved third place with the song “Ti me znaš” for which the lyrics were written by Sergej Ćetković at the “Pjesma mediterana” festival in Budva. That same year, he released the compilation album “The Best of Balade,” produced by City Records. In 2008, he released his seventh album, “Otrov i med” (Poison and Honey), which was very interesting in terms of production, also under the same record label. In the same year, Knez participated in MonetenegroSong 2008, the contest were the artist for Eurovision 2008 was selected. Knez reached a 3rd place. In 2012, he released the ethno-jazz album “The Magic of Balkan,” featuring 15 covers of sevdalinka, old town, and Roma songs. He gathered the best instrumentalists of that genre in the region for this release. The album was presented through numerous concert tours. In 2010, he participated in the reality show “Survivor,” which was filmed in the Philippines. In 2013 and 2019, the audience had the opportunity to witness his vocal abilities and talent for transformation in the TV show  (Your Face Sounds Familiar) broadcast on Prva Srpska Televizija. Knez represented Montenegro at the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna in 2015 with the song “Adio,” with music by Željko Joksimović and lyrics by Marina Tucaković. He finished 13th in the final, achieving the best result for Montenegro at that prestigious music competition. In October 2018, Knez released a new single, entitled “Danas ja, sjutra ti”. In August 2019 “Još samo njenu svirajte” came out. In the same

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D Mol

© EBU/Andres Putting About Quick Facts MembersTamara VujačićMirela LjumićŽeljko VukčevićIvana ObradovićEmel FrancaRizo Feratović Active2018 – 2019 Nationality???????? Montenegrin National SelectionMontevizija 2019 In Eurovision2019 Tel Aviv SongHeaven (2019) Biography The group’s name was originally spelled D-Moll but in early March 2019 it was confirmed as D mol. The group excists of Tamara Vujačić (5 august 2002), Mirela Ljumić (12 march 2001), Željko Vukčević (8 january 2000), all born in Podgorica, Ivana Obradović (21 february 2000), Emel Franca (12 august 2000), born in Bijelo Polje and Rizo Feratović (15 november 1997), born in Dragaš, Kosovo. They all were students at the singing school of Danijel Alibabić (former member of No Name), who decided to form the group. The six were chosen through auditions. The group the national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest and thus represented their country with the song “Heaven”. However, they did not reach the final at the contest in Tel Aviv. After the contest, they released a second single, “21.Maj”.  In september 2019, it was announced that there was going to be an audition for new members of D Mol. After that, it remained silent around the group. The former members now all have their solo careers. Entries Heaven Country???????? Montenegro Year2019 LanguageEnglish LyricsAdis Eminić MusicDejan Božović Backings– Results Semi Points: 46Position: 16Running order: 2 Results Finals Points: –Position: –Running order: – https://youtu.be/oV200JAouTc

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