El Nacional reports that the Andorran national broadcaster will return to the Eurovision Song Contest, after a ten year break.
The Governing party of Andorra, has confirmed that the nation will return to the Eurovision Song Contest, having last participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009. In a statement to the paper, the majority party in the Government in Andorra, Demòcrates, stated:
RTVA will return to Eurovision but, before, a cost assessment must be made.
This is the first time in a number of years that a return by Andorra to the Eurovision Song Contest, has been backed by the Governing party in the nation.
Return to the competition has the backing of Andorra Turismo, the nations tourism ministry. Who view Andorra’s participation in the contest, as a massive opportunity to promote the nation to viewers across the globe.
Andorra last participated in the Eurovision Song Contest a decade ago, having failed to make it to the final of the Eurovision Song Contest since their debut in 2004. Local political group Ciutadans Compromesos added:
Return to the competition would be positive, although it would be an important cost for the station, although this issue lies in the management of the budget available and the prioritization of projects, but in any case, it would be good that it could be assumed
Plans for RTVA to return to the contest have been welcomed by a number of figures in the nation. Enric Castellet the Former Director General of RTVA between 1995-2005 and 2008-2010 commented:
I want us to return for the press that moves, the networks that do not stop talking and the millions of spectators who see it because, all this, translates into great publicity for Andorra that it could hardly be done otherwise.
Former participants including Susanne Georgi (2009), Nick Gain (2007), Marian Van de Wal (2005) and Jenny (2006), all had messages of support for the nations return to the competition.
RTVA has not yet responded to the reports from El Nacional. Previously the Head of RTVA, Xavier Mujal commented that a return to the Eurovision Song Contest could not happen unless there was Government support.
It is not known how soon Andorra could return to the Eurovision Song Contest, and when the assessment on the feasibility of a return to the contest will be carried out.
Source: El Nacional