It’s only November, and two participating nations have announced their artists for Vienna! That may not seem like such a big deal, but keep in mind that last year the first artist to be announced was Austria’s Conchita Wurst, and we all know how well that worked out.
First out of the gate was Montenegro, who got a new burst of excitement and energy last year in Copenhagen when they qualified for the first time since their nation split from Serbia. The country’s national broadcaster, RTCG, revealed the name of the artist, who is going to perform in Vienna. Nenad Knežević Knez, a very popular Montenegrin pop singer, will compete with a song that has yet to be determined. Here is Knez with an upbeat Balkan stomper from 2014, “Donna”:
Meanwhile, this year it’s RTBF, the French broadcaster in Belgium, that will choose the bilingual country’s entry for 2015. In the past the Walloons have been less successful than the Dutch-speaking Flemish in ESC, but 2013’s Roberto Bellarosa achieved a respectable twelfth place in Malmö. And this year an internal selection chose the same route as 2013, anointing a winner from the network’s “The Voice” reality show as the Belgian artist for this year. Loïc Nottet is a 17-year-old with a strong voice and great stage presence who could again bring home a fine result for Belgium in 2015.
Good luck to Montenegro and Belgium, and thanks for announcing two talented singers as the first artist for the 60th jubilee year of Eurovision in Vienna next spring!