1FLTV, the only television station in Liechtenstein, has revealed further details about its plan to debut in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
In a press release given to ESCToday, 1FLTV stated that they have applied for EBU membership and are currently in the process of complying with all requirements in order for membership to be granted. The broadcaster even has proposed a selection method to select their debut entry, if and when EBU membership is granted. Their debut is expected to coincide with the 300th anniversary of the formation of the principality by the Holy Roman Emperor.
The press release states:
“We have already applied for EBU Membership. We are now undegoing full application process. We plan a Liechtenstein Song Contest for 2018 and the winners will qualify for Eurovision 2019. The actual reason for our decision is that in 2019 Liechtenstein will celebrate 300 years of independent principality.”
“The absolute highlight of 300 years will be the participation of Liechtenstein in the Eurovision Contest in 2019. In 2018, 1FL will launch the Liechtenstein Music Contest. Open to any form of music: from classical acapella vocals to singers, pop, rock, country and guggamusic. Limitation max 6 people on stage.”
For this, 1FL has started discussions with the EBU, but as Peter Heeb said that will be a big financial challenge for the broadcaster, but you have to see the tremendous opportunity for Liechtenstein.
Liechtenstein, alongside the Vatican and Kosovo, remain the only internationally recognised states within Europe to have not taken part in the Eurovision Song Contest. The country attempted to take part in the 1976 contest with “Little Cowboy” by Biggi Bachman, but were not allowed due to the lack of a broadcaster. Since 1FLTV was formed in 2008, Eurovision has been a long-term aim for the broadcaster. In 2009 the broadcaster announced it was working towards a debut in 2010, but was unable to secure funding for EBU membership.