Liechtenstein will not be making its Eurovision Song Contest debut in 2022, 1FLTV has confirmed today.
1FLTV has confirmed to ESCToday that the broadcaster will not make its debut at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2022 due to the cost of participation. 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.
Image source: Henrique Ferreira | Source: ESC Today