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Montenegro ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ช Turin 2022

Who is Vladana? All You Need To Know About Montenegro’s 2022 Artist ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ช

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The Balkan nation are back! The countries last entry in the contest was in 2019 with “Heaven” by D mol, failing to make the Grand Final. Now, they’ll be trying their luck again with Vladana and her song “Breathe”. What do we know about her so far? We take a look at Vladana and her chances in Turin.

Who is Valdana?

Valdana comes from a musical family and made her television debut in 2003 on a Montenegrin karaoke show. In that same year, she released a debut single. She has actually tried to represent Serbia & Montenegro a few times previously, coming 18th in a qualifying round stage in 2005 and 15th in the final in 2006 – a duet with the artist Bojana Neneziฤ‡. Throughout her career, she has released multiple singles in Montenegrin and English. She also has a degree in journalism and launched her own fashion magazine called Chiwelook (ฤŒiviluk).

Valdana was internally selected for Eurovision 2022 by the Montenegrin broadcaster Radio i televizija Crne Gore (RTCG).

A Powerful Message From Vlanda

“Breathe” is a very emotional song for Vladana, as it’s about the COVID-19 pandemic but most importantly, dedicated to her mother who she lost in late 2021 to the virus.

She wants the whole of Europe and beyond to feel her feelings and resonate with the many others that have suffered the same heartache:

โ€œI think the message should be heard beyond the Balkans, so we decided on the English language […] I wrote the words in a breath, without any changes […] My feelings turned into lyrics and music.โ€

Vladana on “Breathe”. Source: RTCG

She’s also worked with Darko Dimitrov on this track – he produced the song and helped with composition. His biggest Eurovision success is the North Macedonian entry in 2019, “Proud” by Tamara Todevska, which won the jury vote.

How Will Breathe Do At ESC?

Breathe is a emotional ballad with real Balkan music at its core, telling a story that many of us have suffered with. The emotion on Vladana’s face is captivating when she sings this number – you just know how personal this is to her. This a big plus for her, as well as the traditional elements of the composition – they are a big stand out here. However as wonderful that it is that Vladana chose English to get the message across, the lyrics are a bit clunky and the nature of the song leaves no room for vocal error, and of course there is no doubt that she can sing, but a few of the live performances have shown she may not have the full gass in the tank to level this up when required.

She will pick up some odd points here and there, but it’s really hard to see this qualifying for the Grand Final at this stage. Vladana is a wonderful, brilliant artist with incredible stage looks to boot – and if she can get everything right on the night, she could capture a good score at least.

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