TMC, the Monegasque national broadcaster has confirmed to ESCToday that Monaco will not participate at the forthcoming 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.
Thus Monaco joins Turkey, Luxembourg and Andorra on the list of the countries which have confirmed their non participation at the 2018 Eurovision edition in Portugal.
Monaco in Eurovision
Monaco debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1959 and has won the contest once in 1971 with Severine‘s Un 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.
Monaco withdrew from the competition in 1980 and did not return to the the contest until 2004 when the semifinal system was introduced in the Eurovision Song Contest. The micro state continued participating in 2005 and 2006. The country failed to qualify to the grand final on all 3 occasions and withdrew from the contest in 2007 and has not returned since.
The last time Monaco graced the Eurovision stage was 11 years ago, namely in 2006 when Severine Ferrer treated us to the tropical sounds of La coco dance.
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.