Monaco will not return to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2019.
Monaco’s national broadcaster TMC confirmed to ESCToday that they will not be participating in next year’s Eurovision Song Contest. The Monegasque broadcaster has not participated in the Eurovision Song Contest since 2006 and joins Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Luxembourg, Slovakia and Turkey in ruling out a return to the competition.
Monaco first took part in the contest in 1959, winning the contest once in 1971 with Séverine’s “Un banc, un arbre, une rue”. The country went on to participate up until 1980, where they withdrew, and didn’t return to the contest until 2004. 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 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.