TMC, the Monegasque national broadcaster has confirmed to ESCToday that Monaco will not participate at the forthcoming 2016 Eurovision Song Contest, thus the country will not return to the competition next year.
Monaco debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1959 and has won the contest once in 1971 with Severine‘sUn banc, un arbre, une rue. Eventhough the tiny Principality won the competition it didn’t host the event the following year. Monaco competed in every single edition of the contest religiously from 1959-1979.
Severine won the 1971 Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin.
Monaco withdrew from the competition in 1980 and didn’t return to the contest until 2004 when the semifinal systerm was introduced in the Eurovision Song Contest. The country competed in the event in 2005 and 2006. Monaco failed to qualify to the grand final on all 3 occasions and withdrew from the contest in 2007 and has not returned since.
Monaco’s last Eurovision participation was in 2006 with Severine Ferrer’s Coco Dance.
The 2016 Eurovision Song Contest is scheduled to be held at the Globe Arena in Stockholm on 10, 12 and 14 May.