TMC, the Monegasque national broadcaster has confirmed to ESCToday that Monaco will not participate at the forthcoming 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Ukraine.
Monaco will not return to the competition next year, thus joining Andorra who has also opted to abstain from the contest one more year.
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 didn’t return to the contest until 2004 when the semifinal system was introduced in the Eurovision Song Contest. The country competed in the event in 2005 and 2006. Monaco failed to qualify to the grand final on all 3 occasions and withdrew from the contest in 2007 and has not returned since.
We last saw Monaco on the Eurovision stage in 2006 exactly 10 years ago when Severine Ferrer brought us the sights and sounds from the Pacific with La coco dance.
So far a total of 19 countries have confirmed their intention to participate at the fortchoming 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Ukraine.
The official list of participating countries at the 2017 ESC is expected to be released by the EBU by late December 2016/early January 2017.
The preliminary dates for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest have been set on 9, 11 and 13 May.