The Andorran national broadcaster, RTVA has revealed to Eurovision Spain the changes that would need to occur before Andorra could return to Eurovision.
Andorra last participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009, following six appearance at the competition. However, since the contest in Moscow has been missing from the contest. RTVA has revealed that the decision to stay away from the contest is due to the expense of participating.
In a statement to Eurovision-Spain.com the broadcaster revealed that they were spending in around 300,000 Euro per year to take part in the competition. The expense of participating in the competition and the failure of the nation to make it through to a Eurovision final has discouraged its return to the contest.
For the Andorran broadcaster to make a return to the contest, it states that the Government of Andorra would have to provide backing. RTVA stated that it would need to the Andorran Government to see the contest as a “real priorty”, this would then enable the broadcaster to promote Andorra and the Catalan language to millions of viewers across Europe and the globe.
On their debut in the contest RTVA worked with TV3, the Catalan regional broadcaster to produce the Andorran selection process for Eurovision Song Contest. Despite fond memories from RTVA of the competition, both broadcasters have since ruled out working collaboratively on another selection due to the costs involved.
Andorra is the only country to have participated in the Eurovision Song Contest to have never competed in the Grand Final. They debuted in the contest in 2004 and participated annually until 2009.
During this period of time, Andorra came close to qualifying in 2007 when only one semi-final was held. Andorra was represented by Anonymous and the song “Salvem el món”, they finished 12th just 11 points short of qualifying.
Source: Eurovision Spain
Andorra in the Eurovision Song Contest
Andorra debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2004 alongside Albania, Belarus and Serbia and Montenegro. The country participated annually from 2004 to 2009, but never made the final of the contest. They remain the only country to have participated in the Eurovision Song Contest and not performed in a final. Andorra’s best result came in 2007 when Anonymous finished 12th in the semi-final scoring 80 points, they were just 11 points away from qualifying for the final.