Fans expecting Monaco to return to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2008 are in for a disappointment as the European micro state's broadcaster has confirmed that they have no intention to do so, at least for next year.
TMC, the Monegasque broadcaster, have confirmed that they will not be represented in the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Belgrade in May. Monaco had been a regular participant since 1959 until they withdrew for the first time in 1979. After a 25 year-long break, Monaco returned but never made it to the final placing low in the semi final scoreboard (21-24).
In an interview with esctoday.com a year ago, Phil Bosco – Head of the Monegasque delegation from 2004 to 2006- admitted that the main reason for their withdrawal was they felt that they didn't stand a chance to qualify to the final due to the prevailing voting patterns. It seems that the Monegasque broadcaster is still not convinced that the new two semi final format will offer them a fairer chance for qualification.