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