Glossy wave icon. Free flag icons from MontenegroMONTENEGRO
BROADCASTER SONG   "Euro-Neuro"
SINGER   Rambo Amadeus
MUSIC  Magnifico   LYRICS  Rambo Amadeus
DRAW   #1 in the first semi-final

THIS YEAR'S ENTRY

Having previously sent a couple of songs in the 1980s as part of Yugoslavia and in 2005 as part of Serbia & Montenegro, Montenegro sent its first proper entry to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2007, a year after it became an independent country. However neither that nor the two entries that followed in 2008 and 2009, managed to qualify from the semi-final and Montenegro did not take part in the contest in the last two years, due to financial reasons.

On November 20th 2011, the head of RTCG, announced that Montenegro would most likely return for the 2012 Contest and then  confirmed it ten days later. On December 12th, RTCG announced that, following an internal selection, Rambo Amadeus would represent Montenegro in Baku and that the song would also be written by him.

In the middle of February, the title of the entry "Euro-Neuro" was made public and a sample of the demo version of the song leaked onto the internet. ON February 14th, the song was officially presented in a special show on RTCG, where the preview video was shown. As yet the song has not been performed live on television, although it was featured in a concert by Rambo Amadeus in early April.

 

BIOGRAPHY

Rambo Amadeus is a true cult figure of the Ex-Yugoslav music scene. The fact that music and humour is never far apart for him is well shown in his 2012 Eurovision entry, Euro Neuro.

Rambo Amadeus, the composer, writer and performer of the Montenegrin entry, is a cult-figure of the Ex-Yugoslav music scene. During his music career he succeeded in remaining clearly distant from the common so called “radio friendly” music, frequently using parody to express his beliefs. The self-called “World Mega Tzar” is famous for his crazy jazz-funk music, interesting texts and unpredictable live performances, spiced with brutal satire, which is sometimes standing on the border of stand-up comedy. The name of Rambo Amadeus is linked with the creation of the term of “turbo folk”, a unique music phenomenon of the Balkan Region, often linked to strange taste, aggressive folk music and mass popularity.

Antonije Pušić (his real name) was born in Herceg Novi, a town on the Bay of Kotor, which is officially included in the list of the thirty most beautiful bays in the world. As a youth, he won a number of recognitions for his achievements in sports sailing. His songs combine satirical lyrics on the nature of common people and silliness of local politics. He uses a mixture of musical styles including jazz and rock (converging towards drum and bass lately), and self-conscious ironic wit. His stage name itself is made from John Rambo and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Known also as a "charming king of jovial pop", his concerts are never mere repetitions of recorded songs, but a mixture of musical improvisation and humor exploiting all aspects of human nature in a crude manner. Some fans compare his style and career path with those of Frank Zappa or Captain Beefheart.

Six years ago he was declared for the first ambassador of UNICEF in Montenegro. Lately he used his creativity and fame the best way he could in order to give his contribution to UNICEF’s initiative to create an environment without violence in schools. He has issued 19 albums, and won numerous prizes for his music work, including the Grand Prix at the film festival in Valencia (Spain) for the music theme in the movie Boomerang and the Golden Rose at the festival of Montreux.

The composer of Montenegro's entry is Magnifico, the stage name of 46 year old Slovenian Robert Pešut, a well known name in the former Yugoslav music scene. This will be Magnifico's second Eurovision entry, as he previously composed the music for "Samo Ljubezen" (Only Love), sung by the transvestite group Sestre for Slovenia in Tallinn in 2002.  

 

REACTION

The initial reaction to the selection of Rambo Amadeus was one of surprise, as those that were familiar with his back catalogue would hardly have seen his rather left-field, often politically inspired rap and nu jazz songs as being suited to the Eurovision Song Contest. When the demo of the track leaked in February it confirmed that "Euro-Neuro" was certainly not going to be a conventional Eurovision entry.

There has been little or no international promotion for the song, although the high profile of Rambo Amadeus will certainly help attract attention from their former Yugoslav neighbours and diaspora. The song can be backed at 250/1 to win in Baku and is also one of the outsiders to qualify from the first semi-final. It is also generally doing poorly in internet polls.

 

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE (BAKU TIME)*
Date Rehearsal Press Conference
Sunday May 13th 11:00 - 11:40 12:25 - 13:05
Thursday May 17th 11:30 - 12:00 12:45 - 13:15
*Baku is four hours ahead of Ireland and the schedule has still to be confirmed officially

 

 

FORM GUIDE

 

OVERALL RATING

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PREVIEW VIDEO

LAUNCH PAD

MONTENEGRO AT EUROVISION

  • First entry: 2007*
  • Number of previous entries: 3
  • Best result: 22nd in the semi-final (2007) 
  • Worst result: 11th in the semi-final (2009)
  • Qualification record: 0/3 (0% success)
  • *Also two entries as part of Yugoslavia and one as part of Serbia & Montenegro.

TEN YEAR FORM GUIDE (not including Serbia & Montenegro)

 

WEBMASTER REVIEW

"Probably the oddest entry in this year's contest. It's a bizarre song in any context, but especially odd for Eurovision. While it's hard to fully judge it until we see the live performance, it's not a song that depends on a strong vocal. I think it's fun and very clever and a brave choice and certainly adds variety to the contest, but whether it will convince either the public or juries to vote for it, is a different matter and I struggle to see this qualifying." - Keith Mills

YOUR REVIEWS

"If they knew that this would be their entry they had better not return. Rambo Amadeus is a great artist, but no one will get his joke. Disappointment." - Athan (Greece)

"Not the worst rap that I have ever heard. The recitation by an evil villain does distinguish it, but it is still going nowhere." - David Berlinger (Israel)

"Montenegro should be ashamed, why bother to return with such nonsense? This is not even a song and I predict a last place in the semi and zero points. This simply doesn't deserve more than that. My absolute number 42 on my list of 2012". - Nicky Peeters (Belgium)

"A bizarre entry, very original but I don’t think its mainstream enough to make it to the final – unless the performance is a surprise." - Paul Hutter (Germany)

"There are no words sufficient to describe my hatred for this song, but I will try my best. Tuneless, immature, boring, puerile and the only thing in its favour is its memorable for being so awful. Starting the semi is surely the final nail in the coffin to ensure it stays in the semi where it belongs and to make sure my ears stop bleeding." - Chris Church (U.K.)