On March 21, the song choice for Eurovision 2015’s Montenegrin participant was revealed. The individual himself had been chosen back in October, on Halloween to be exact, via an internal selection.
Nenad Knežević, or Knez, as he is known in the limelight, will be singing the song Adio (composed by Željko Joksimović, a former Eurovision representative for Serbia, who has composed other songs for contestants before) to represent his country in the first round of Eurovision semis (taking place on May 21). The internal selection in question was organized by Radio and Television of Montenegro (RTCG, the acronym comes from the Montenegrin translation being Radio i televizija Crne Gore).
This is not the singer’s first foray into the Eurovision Song Contest. Back in 2008, he attempted to try his hand at representing the country; however, he ended up placing third in an artist selection round. In 2004, he was the Serbia & Montenegro participant, and placed 17th in their national final with the song Navika.
An extremely accomplished artist, Knez began singing in public shows and the like at the mere age of six. He started his first band in high school, although he was also part of another one before this, one with his classmates. The Eurovision vet’s band name was Visoka frekvencija (High Frequency), and some of the songs they penned ended up being some of the singer’s greatest hits to date. Two of these are “Da l’ si ikada mene voljela” and “Kao magija” (the latter song is also the name of the singer’s first album.)
Following secondary school, Knez began a band entitled The Moon Band; after this, he became part of a group called The Montenegro Band. The latter endeavor was undertook with his father, Milija Knežević. In 1992, he began his solo career. The 47-year-old’s debut album was released in 1994, and was titled Kao magija. He went on to release a second in 1996, and a third in 1997. The third record, Automatic, is the singer’s highest selling album to date. His next album, released in 1999, consisted of a compilation of the singer’s most popular tracks and was called The Best of Knez (it had 18 previously released songs, and shared two new ones with fans).
The next year, he competed in the Budva 2000 Festival, singing the song Vjeruj. This won him first place. In 2001 and 2003, the singer’s fourth and fifth album were released (Daleko, visoko and Ti me znaš, respectively.) His sixth album, Vanilla, was released in 2005, one year before he competed in Music Festival Budva 2006. The Eurovision singer reached third place in this endeavor.
Following this, two more albums were released (Otrov i med and Opa Cupa.) The first was a studio album, while the second was another compilation record. There is also another compilation album, Balade, released in 2006. In total, the singer has released ten records overall (seven studio, and three collections of past works).
Despite the Eurovision contestant’s vast history writing and recording music (he is something of a household name in Montenegro,) he must still prove himself worthy up against 16 other countries on May 19th’s semi-final. Whether or not he gains enough points from the voting countries to qualify for May 23’s grand final remains to be seen.
By Rebecca Grace