The Principality of Monaco will not return to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2018 as TMC rules out a return to the contest in Lisbon, Portugal.
TMC has confirmed that they will not be participating in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal. The Monegasque broadcaster has not participated in the Eurovision Song Contest since 2006 and joins both Andorra and Luxembourg in ruling out a return to the competition.
Monaco first participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1959 and went on to win the contest in 1971. The country then did not compete in the contest from 1980 until 2004 when the country returned to the Eurovision stage.
In the three years that Monaco returned to the contest from 2004 to 2006 participation was directly overseen by the Principality itself and not TMC the Monegasque broadcaster. The country however failed to make a final in their three attempts. The best result was 21st place in the 2006 semi final. In 2009 discussions took place to bring Monaco back to the contest however they fell through.
Monaco’s national broadcaster TMC is unlike most European Broadcasting Union members, in that the the broadcaster is owned by a international private television channel. TMC is owned by the TF1 Group which is the largest private broadcaster in Europe. Up until 2016 the broadcaster has been 20% owned by the Government of Monaco.
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Monaco is one a number of microstates to have participated in the Eurovision Song Contest. The Principality made its debut in the contest in 1959 becoming the twelfth country to take part in the contest. On their debut Monaco finished last with just one point. Monaco’s only victory to date came in 1971 when Séverine performed “Un banc, un arbre, une rue” scoring a total of 128 points, 12 points clear of runners up Spain. Following the 1979 contest Monaco withdrew from the contest until 2004. The Principality competed three times between 2004 and 2006 but failed to qualify for the final.