RTL Télé Lëtzebuerg, the national broadcaster of Luxembourg has ruled out a return to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2019.
RTL will not be returning to the Eurovision Song Contest next year in Israel, joining Slovakia and Andorra in ruling out their return to the contest. 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 in 2017 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.
Luxembourg did plan to return to the contest during the mid 00s. In 2004 Luxembourg was announced as one of countries returning or debuting in that years contest alongside Andorra, Albania and Belarus. The broadcaster withdrew ahead of the contest due to financial issues.
Source: RTL Télé Lëtzebuerg
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.