Ahead of regional elections in Catalonia this weekend there has been talk in the Catalan press of the hopes for an independent Catalonia to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest.
Talks of possible participation in the competition come ahead of an election on Sunday in which two pro-independence parties in the Spanish region have come together to campaign for independence from Spain. If the two parties win a majority in the Catalan Parliament they have said that they will begin steps towards independence creating a 57th country within Europe.
For Catalonia to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest they would have to join the ITU and then the EBU with the television station TV3. TV3 is the largest channel of the Catalan public broadcaster Televisió de Catalunya. The channel did apply for EBU membership in the past however it did not meet the rule that broadcasts must cover 97% of their territory.
Catalonia has had links with the Eurovision Song Contest in the past a total of 11 Catalan singers have represented Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest since 1956 the last being Rodolfo Chikilicuatre in 2008. Furthermore Catalonia was a major part of Andorra’s first participation in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2004. RTVA the Andorran broadcaster and TV3 the Catalan broadcaster jointly produced and broadcast the competition that selected the singer for Andorra, viewers in Catalonia held a 50% say in the result of the final show. Andorra performed in Catalan at every contest from 2004-2009.
So we may see Catalonia on the stage of the Eurovision Song Contest in the future depending on how they vote this weekend.
Source: El Pais