The exciting news is coming across Eurovision fans today!
According to the website L’Observateur de Monaco, we learned that it is very possible to see Monaco returning to compete at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2023.
It seems that the planned budget for the country in the year 2023, includes 100,000 Euros allocated for Eurovision 2023 participation.
The principality may return to the contest more than 15 years after its last participation.
The first time Monaco competed was in 1959. In 1980, they decided to withdraw.
Monaco returned again in 2004, however, it was really to settle it down
The former head of the Monégasque delegation Philippe Boscagli has accused certain countries of geopolitical voting. He hinted that it would be difficult for micro-states (as Monaco) to qualify.
It is worth mentioning that in the years 2004 – 2007, Eurovision only included one semi-final
It is much harder to qualify for this mechanism.
So far, Monaco has participated 24 times in the contest.
Their best achievement was in 1971 when the French singer Séverine represented Monaco with the song “Un banc, un arbre, une rue“:
The principality was unable to meet the demands of hosting the event.
Therefore, the UK has hosted the contest in 1972.
Besides this, the country has achieved 4 more podium rankings:
- Three 3rd places in 1960, 1964, and 1976,
- 2nd place in 1962.
However, they failed to qualify for the grand final in the years 2004 – 2006.
Their last Eurovision entry to date was Séverine Ferrer – La Coco-dance:
The EBU had negotiations with the country in 2009 and 2010 in order to make them return.
Nevertheless, each one of those attempts failed.
Do you think Monaco will return to Eurovision in 2023?
Will they qualify for the grand final for the first time in the modern era?