The Andorran public broadcaster, RTVA, has confirmed the decision to withdraw from the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest. Despite a month ago the director of the station submitted the participation application to the EBU “in case the board of RTVA change their minds”, Mr Enric Castellet has sent a letter to the EBU turning down their participation in next year's competition.
The reasons laying behind the Andorran withdrawal are purely financial. The station's budget for 2010 is very limited and not enough to prepare a successful Eurovision participation, as previously reported.
One month ago, the decision to withdraw from the competition was almost 100% sure, but anyway the public broadcaster applied to participate in 2010 just in case the executive board of RTVA would allow the station to participate. Now, the director of the public broadcasting service, Mr. Enric Castellet, has sent a letter to the EBU in order to withdraw that application.
Andorra has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest since 2004. The country has never been able to qualify to the final, but was close in 2007 with the group Anonymous and the song Salvém el món. The last Andorran representative was Susanna Georgi, this year in Moscow, singing La teva decisió (Get a life).