Eurovision 2024 is fast approaching and newly returning Luxembourg has just closed its submissions window. In total, 459 entries were submitted to the Luxembourgish national selection.
Keeping things Luxembourgish
On a post on Twitter, Luxembourg’s national broadcaster RTL announced the final number of submitted entries. This came after the closing of the submissions window at midnight on October 1st. As a result, 459 separate entries had been sent to the broadcaster to consider advancing to the next stage of the selection.
This announcement from RTL is the second update we have been given about the progress of the national selection. Earlier in the summer, a report from RTL found that over 100 singers had individually auditioned to take part in the selection. These singers were those who submitted an application but had no song to apply with. Though inviting to international singers, RTL maintained that there must be a Luxembourgish connection.
The best of the best from these auditions in the Rockhal have now made it to the next stage. There, they will be paired with a songwriter or a song to work into their own style. Once these pairings take place, the broadcaster will thin the number of eligible entries to a more manageable number. These entries will then go through to the national selection in Esch-sur-Alzette’s Rockhal on January 27th.
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, but is returning to the Contest in time for 2024.
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News Source: RTL
Photo Credit: RTL / Steve Müller