Eurovision Spain reports that Andorra was approached by the European Broadcasting Union in 2014, eager for its return for the 60th edition of the contest in 2015.
Andorran Delegation member Agustí Mas has revealed to Eurovision Spain that the European Broadcasting Union approached RTVA to return to the contest in time for the 60th contest in 2015.
Agustí states that in 2014 he received a phone call from the Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, Jon Ola Sand. Mr Sand rang the broadcaster to find out what it would take to get Andorra to return to the contest.
He asked me what he could offer us to return to Eurovision and that, if necessary, he would come to the Pyrenees to talk about this issue.
The delegation member explained that he made the management of RTVA aware of the matter.
I transferred the desire of the European Broadcasting Union to my superiors, but their response was negative
RTVA had withdrawn from the Eurovision Song Contest following the 2009 contest due to financial difficulties at the broadcaster. At its peak the broadcaster had considered leaving the EBU to save costs. Xavier Mujal explained to Eurovision Spain, that its current absence from the contest is no longer down to financial issues.
Eurovision is a matter of country and although Andorran participation, ultimately, is my decision, the candidacy must be born of political will and citizens
Mr Mujal also commented on Andorra’s previous performance at the contest.
There are many aspects to improve, in relation to the artistic level we offered in our six years of competition, but that having remedied them in no case would have ensured us a place in the final.
The Head of RTVA reiterated comments made to the Catalan press, in welcoming co-operation with the Catalan broadcaster TV3. Stating that they “would value” working together on 12 punts, as seen on Andorra’s debut at the contest in 2004.
Source: Eurovision Spain
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.