EuroVision ’18 Song By Song: “Inje” by Vanja Radovanovic, Montenegro

eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica will have daily coverage of the days counting down to the Eurovision Song Contest 2018!

Over the coming weeks, sometimes more than once a day,  we will bring you daily previews of the contest, spotlighting each of the songs individually in random order, where they come from, who will be performing them, and more, as well as some historical info on the contest and some of the past winners and participants.

Next up on our Song-By-Song preview is the official entry from Montenegro, “Inje” by Vanja Radovanovic, written by Radovanovic as well. The song is performed in Montenegrin. Radovanovic is a well known singer and songwriter in his homeland. The song will be performed 16th out of 18 songs in the competition order on the second semi-final on May 10.

There’s something about this song that touches me, and I don’t know what it is. The title translates in English to “Frost”, and the translated lyrics (provided by EuroVision’s website) speak of a man mourning a lost love that he can never forget.The video is stunningly ethereal and beautiful, and the power of the vocal makes it seem even more evocative of a man overcoming the ghosts of his past love. A beautiful woman runs from three faceless people and then seemingly is taken into the air until the singer, in the form of her one-time love, arrives to catch her as she descends back to earth. It’s a very beautiful video and song. The songs fortunes on the US Charts are probably nil – no song in Montenegrin has ever graced the Billboard charts that I can find – but if it can amass enough YouTube views, you never know…

Montenegro’s participation in EuroVision is fairly complicated:  When Yugoslavia, which participated in the contest from 1961-1992, ceased to exist after the breakup of the Soviet Union, most of the regions of the country that subsequently became independent countries entered Eurovision on their own, but Montenegro did not; they remained joined with Serbia and entered the contest for three years as Serbia and Montenegro. It was only after a vote for independence and splitting off from Serbia that the country entered EuroVision on its own, making it’s debut in 2007,  and has participated nine times since, missing 2010 and 2011 for financial reasons. They have qualified for the Grand Final only twice during their participation; their best showing has been 13th place, in 2015.

Here’s the official music video  – see what you think!

Join eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica each day through the finals on May 12 – be sure to check each site, because some of the features will be exclusive to just one of the sites! The daily artist and song profiles will appear on each site, with some past winners and historical info coming to TKR and PlanetBM in the next week or so as I complete my research!

In case you’re interested, I will post my list of all 43 songs in the order of my favorites at the end of our song by song preview in early May, so keep tuned in! This weekend is going to be full, with FOUR song by song profiles each day, so we will have time at the end of the profiles to do some favorites and not-so-favorites…

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