2000 and Whatever – Montenegro

We may not get to see our 2020 favourites take to the stage, but that doesn’t mean we can’t reminisce on our Eurovision favourites. This series is aimed to discover the team’s favourite entries from the 21st century, from 2001 to 2019.

In collaboration with ESCDaily, we will be reviewing some of their 21st Century favourites, while over on their site, you will find their reviews of our favourites!

Below our reviews, you will find a poll where you can vote for your favourite Eurovision entry from the 21st Century.


Anita Reviews Dennis’ 21st Century Favourite

Knez – Adio | 13th place, 44 points (Final)

I was incredibly close to picking this entry, and in fact, there were a handful of entries from Montenegro that I really like, so it was tough to just pick one. Adio is an absolutely stunning Balkan ballad. I love the way that the song grows over the 3 minutes, and follows the fairly successful Balkan ballad formula we’ve seen at Eurovision before. The instrumentation is beautiful, and the backing vocals work so perfectly with Knez. The other thing that really impressed me about this entry is the visual performance. The backing screens look absolutely stunning, the progression from blue lighting to red lighting, then the mix of the two just popped on stage. It’s perhaps one of my favourite stagings of a Eurovision entry, totally memorable.

Joshua Reviews Brandon’s 21st Century Favourite

Who See & Nina Žižić – Igranka | 12th place, 41 points (Semi-Final)

None of this makes any sense, but that’s okay. There is no specific structure, and it all just kind of happens at once, and then next thing you know, three minutes have flown by and the song is over. Igranka is confusing and mesmerising in equal proportions. Would I listen to it on a regular basis? Probably not. But as a three minute Eurovision spectacle, it is just pure fun and triviality. Still surprised this did not qualify in 2013, but that has not stopped it from being one of the most memorable Montenegrin entries from this decade.

What does the ESCDaily team think of our 21st Century favourites? Make sure to head over to escdaily.com to find out!

Vote for your favourite entry from Montenegro below: