Luxembourg will not participate in the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest.
RTL has confirmed to ESCToday that they will not be returning to the Eurovision Song Contest next year. The broadcaster stated that they’re currently “concentrating on news features rather than music and entertainment shows”. They added that participating in the contest will also cause financial problems.
The country joins Andorra, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Slovakia in announcing their absence from 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. The country 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.
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.