SNRT, the Moroccan national broadcaster has confirmed to ESCToday that Morocco will not participate at the forthcoming 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna next year.
Thus Morocco joins Ukraine, Turkey, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Luxembourg, Andorra, Croatia and Monaco all of whom have confirmed their absence at the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna.
SNRT does not rule out the idea of returning to the contest one day, but currently it has no plans to come back.
Few years back there were rumours that the North African country might return to the contest, but they were proven to be baseless.
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.
Samira Ben Said- Eurovision 1980
The 2015 Eurovision Song Contest is scheduled to be held on 19, 21 and 23 May at the Wiener Stadthalle in Vienna, Austria.