Morocco will not be in Eurovision 2013

Morocco 20 Sep 2012
Morocco will not be in Eurovision 2013

SNRT, the Moroccan national broadcaster has informed Esctoday.com that it has no intention of returning to the Eurovision Song Contest next year. Hence Morocco will not compete at the forthcoming 2013 Eurovision Song Contest.

Last year it was rumoured that the North African country might return to the contest, but they were proven to be baseless. Esctoday.com contacted SNRT today, the broadcaster informed and confirmed to us that they will not be returning to the Eurovision Song Contest next year.

Morocco is the only African nation to have competed in the Eurovision Song Contest.  Morocco debuted at the 1980 Eurovision Song Contest with Samira Ben Said with the song  Bitakat Hob ( Love Message), placing 18th. The country never returned to the contest after their debut in The Hague. Samira Ben Said went on to become one of the biggest stars in North Africa enjoying massive success in Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon, Dubai, Tunisia and throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

Source: SNRT

Samira Ben Said at the 1980 Eurovision Song Contest in the Hague


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Sanjay (Sergio) Jiandani
Sanjay (Sergio) Jiandani

Sanjay ( Sergio) joined esctoday.com in December 2006 as an editor. He was appointed as the Head of Press of esctoday.com in 2011. Sanjay has covered the Eurovision Song Contest live 13 times since 2000, having worked for several international magazines.


4 Comments

  1. Cop20
    September 20, 2012 at 20:27

    Shame!
    We could enjoy in even more diverse music in Eurovision. Morocco could offer us a lot.

    I seriously hope they change their mind and come back soon.


    • Karl P.
      September 21, 2012 at 09:50

      It’s not too late, I hope. :)


  2. Ricky Slovenia
    September 20, 2012 at 20:04

    This is a real shame. I’d like to hear the arabic influences at ESC


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