RTVA, the Andorran national broadcaster has confirmed to ESCToday that Andorra will not participate at the forthcoming 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon.
It is indeed sad that we will not see Andorra returning to the contest next year. Andorra withdrew from the competition back in 2009 citing the coutry’s poor results and financial strain entailing participation as the main causes for their decision.
Andorra and Eurovision
Andorra is a quaint and beautiful landlocked country nestled between Spain and France in the heart of the Pyrenees.
The country debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2004 in Istanbul and has only competed 6 times in our beloved contest. The tiny principality hasn’t ever qualified to the Grand Final. We got to hear songs in Catalan thanks to Andorra’s participation in Eurovision, 3 of their entries were entirely in Catalan whilst the other 3 were in Catalan/English.
The 2018 Eurovision Song Contest is scheduled to be held on 8, 10 and 12 May in Lisbon, Portugal.
The deadline for broadcasters to officially apply for Eurovision 2018 concludes by mid September. Hereafter, countries have a grace period to confirm their participation or withdraw their application without a penalty.
The final list of the 2018 Eurovision participating countries is expected to be released by the EBU later during the year.