RTL Télé Lëtzebuerg has confirmed to Eurovoix.com that they will not be participating in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
Luxembourg will not be returning to the Eurovision Song Contest next year in Portugal. RTL Télé Lëtzebuerg confirmed to Eurovoix.com that they will not be participating in next years contest, 25 years on from their last participation in the competition. Luxembourg last participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1993 and were represented by Modern Times with the song “Donne-moi une chance”, they finished 20th with 11 points.
Mr Schmit, the Director of Programming at the Luxembourgish broadcaster explained last year the reasons against participating in the Eurovision Song Contest,
For participation it’s simple, we could call upon the sponsor and there were openings at this stage, a few years ago. But the big risk, and it is shared by public bodies is that we can not bear the costs related to the organisation of Eurovision next year.
He also underlined that Luxembourg’s chance for success in the contest is limited,
I believe that (with) the enlargement of Eurovision, the days (of victory) are gone. With the new voting system, it is very unlikely that Luxembourg is successful. Small countries are somewhat more troubled now.
To date both Andorra and Luxembourg have stated that they will not be returning to the Eurovision Song Contest next year in Portugal. Among the countries who have provisionally confirmed their participation are Bulgaria, Germany, Poland and Belgium.
Source: RTL, Eurovoix
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Luxembourg was one of seven countries to take part in the first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956. Luxembourg participated in the contest a total of 37 times before withdrawing from the contest after 1993. During these 37 years they won the contest five times, the last of these victories came in 1983. Luxembourg came close to returning in the contest in 2004, however opted against it due to the financial cost of participating.