🇲🇨 Monaco rules out Eurovision 2023 participation

🇲🇨 Monaco rules out Eurovision 2023 participation

After initial speculation, the microstate of Monaco has confirmed they will not be taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023.

No eligible broadcaster for Monaco

Speaking to ESCToday, the Monégasque EBU member Monaco Media Diffusion (MMD) confirmed that the country would not be taking part in the upcoming edition of the Contest. It follows the possibility of a return of the principality to the Contest in 2023.

Previously, it was reported that the Monégasque government had allocated participation costs for the country to return in 2023. However, it emerged that the proposed new public broadcaster, Monte-Carlo Riviera TV, would not be ready to launch until well after the Contest. As a result, participation then rested on the aforementioned MMD. Former broadcaster TMC has since been incorporated into French networks, leaving the principality without an eligible broadcaster to participation.

Monaco’s Eurovision journey

Monaco was one of the first participants in the Eurovision Song Contest, making their debut in 1959. The first Monégasque song to take part was Jacques Pills’ “Mon ami Pierrot”. Despite finishing in last place, with one point, Monaco took part in every edition until 1979. Monaco was able to win the Contest once in 1971, with Severine’s “Un banc, un arbre, une rue”. However, due to the country’s small size, Monaco did not have the capacity to host the show, instead being held in Edinburgh.

Following their withdrawal in 1980, Monaco returned to the Contest in 2004, where they failed to qualify for the final in three consecutive occasions. Their most recent entry was in 2006, with Sevérine Ferrer’s “La Coco-Dance”. At the close of voting, Monaco finished in 21st place in a field of 23 with 14 points.

What do you make of the news from Monaco? Would you like to see them return in the near future? Who do you think would represent the principality? As always, let us know what you think by commenting below. Also, be sure to follow ‘That Eurovision Site’ on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tiktok as we gear up for Eurovision 2023!

News Source: ESCToday

Photo Credit: VisitMonaco

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