Following the announcement last year that they will not be competing at Eurovision 2023 as they don’t have an eligible broadcaster, a new broadcaster in the country ‘TVMonaco’ in less than a month on September 1.
Will this mark a return to Eurovision for Monaco?
In order for Monaco to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest, the broadcaster must gain membership in the European Brodcasting Union, with the country needing to be accepted into the organisation by December 2023 in order to be eligible to participate in Eurovision 2024.
From previous reports, it seems that the country is ready to participate, with the Monégasque government even allocating €100,000 in order for the country to participate in the contest.
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.
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News Source: TVMonaco
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