It has been over 30 years since Luxembourg last participated in Eurovision, but today RTL has confirmed that plans to return to the contest have been discussed. Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, who is also the Minister for Media and Communications, has said that the idea of returning to the contest has been discussed in the Luxembourg council.
Participation for 2024 looked into
Withdrawing from the contest primarily for financial reasons, they acknowledged that the cost of participation would be high, but that the returns would also be substantial.
Broadcaster RTL confirms that they have been contacted about the proposals, and that they are working with the government and the EBU to explore what participation might look like, including how they might go about finding a song!
Prime Minister Bettel will head a team focused on bringing the country back to the contest, including ministers Jean Asselborn and Sam Tanson among others.
Luxembourg’s Eurovision Journey
Luxembourg first made its debut in the first edition of the Contest in 1956, with their first entries being “Ne crois pas” and “Les amants de minuit”, both performed by Michèle Arnaud. Since the first Contest, Luxembourg has competed a total of 37 times. Their best result was finishing in 1st place five times – in 1961, 1965, 1972, 1973 and 1983 respectively.
Luxembourg last took part in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1993, when Modern Times represented the nation with the song “Donne-moi une chance”. At the close of voting, Luxembourg finished 20th in a field of 25 with 11 points. Following this participation, Luxembourg withdrew from the Contest and has not returned since.
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News Source: RTL Today
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