Liechtenstein will not make their debut at the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest.
1FLTV has confirmed to ESCToday that 2020 will not be the year that they debut at the Eurovision Song Contest. They did not state the reason for this decision, however the broadcaster must overcome two hurdles before they are allowed to participate. Firstly, they must become a full EBU member, and secondly, they must gain support from the government to be able to handle the cost of participation.
In 2018, the country had pushed for their debut at the 2019 contest, however the EBU stated that they had never received an application from 1FLTV to become an EBU member, and therefore they could not participate.
Liechtenstein, alongside the Vatican and Kosovo, remain the only internationally recognised states within Europe to have not taken part in the Eurovision Song Contest. The country attempted to take part in the 1976 contest with “Little Cowboy” by Biggi Bachman, but were not allowed due to the lack of a broadcaster. Since 1FLTV was formed in 2008, Eurovision has been a long-term aim for the broadcaster. In 2009 the broadcaster announced it was working towards a debut in 2010, but was unable to secure funding for EBU membership.