Eurovision 2022 Reviews – Montenegro

Montenegro has a relatively short history at Eurovision, and unfortunately quite an unsuccessful one. The nation has qualified on only two occasions, however this year hoping to return to the final is Vladana with the song Breathe. 

Anita
Song and Vocals 

It’s always nice to hear a Balkan ballad at Eurovision, but some are certainly better than others. As far as this song goes, I think it’s on the lower end of the scale. Breathe has some nice moments, but doesn’t have the same spark as some of the more successful Eurovision Balkan ballads. 

One of the main issues stems from the fact that this is in English. There’s no questioning what this song is about, and the lyrics are quite blunt in their delivery. No metaphors, no sugar-coating, this is what it is. It’s not to say that this is a bad message to share, however the bluntness may put off some viewers. In that sense I think it overshadows the beauty of the actual music. The instrumentals are lovely, and the build of the song is also really nice, and follows that typical Balkan ballad structure. 

Performance and Act 

Balkan ballads have a ‘usual’ style of staging, think Lane Moje, Nije Ljubav Stvar, Adio and Lejla, for example. Slow movement, musicians on stage, building visual tension – these are tried and tested, and work for these types of songs. Even with this song being in English, if they can capture the spirit of a Balkan ballad this might elevate the song. 

Conclusions 

This is a nice song, but the lyrics are a bit off putting. I don’t know if audiences will really feel strongly for this song, and so it may rely on jury votes should the vocals meet expectations. 

Rating 

6/10

Dennis
Song and Vocals 

Montenegro has a classic composition and it is being sung well. Personally I have some issues with the lyrics, which are quite offensive and judgemental. I also think that the vibe at looking at corona like thIs has flown over a bit already.

Performance and Act 

I expect Montenegro to have a solo performance for their ballad. The focus will be on the singer and letting her emotions come across well to the viewing audience at home. 

Conclusions 

Whilst the genre of the song could be something that I usually appreciate, in this particular case the lyrics of the song are a bit too divisive for me. In a time where we need people to stand together and not polarise as much as we have seen in recent years, I don’t think this is the route Europe wants to go on again in 2022.

Rating 

5.5/10

Team Scores 

Steef: 4/10

Erik: 6.5/10

Josh: 4/10

Heath: 3/10

Kaitlin: 5/10

Selim: 6/10

Morena: 7/10

Average Score: 5.2/10

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