Monaco is looking at returning to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2023 according to reports in the L’Observateur de Monaco.
L’Observateur de Monaco reports that the state budget for Monaco in 2022 includes an allocation of 100,000 Euros to “initiate the application of the Principality to the Eurovision 2023 competition “. Monaco’s participation in the contest will require co-operation between the Monegasque Government and broadcaster TMC which is owned by France’s TF1.
Monaco first took part in the contest in 1959, winning the contest once in 1971 with Séverine’s “Un banc, un arbre, une rue”. The country went on to participate up until 1980, where they withdrew and didn’t return to the contest until 2004.
In the three years that Monaco returned to the contest from 2004 to 2006, participation was directly overseen by the Principality itself and not TMC the Monegasque broadcaster. The country however failed to make a final in their three attempts.
This is not the first time since their withdrawal in 2006 that Monaco has looked at returning to the competition. In 2009 discussions took place to bring Monaco back to the contest however they fell through.
Image Source: SEPAC Stamps | Source: L’Observateur de Monaco
Monaco is one a number of microstates to have participated in the Eurovision Song Contest. The Principality made its debut in the contest in 1959 becoming the twelfth country to take part in the contest. On their debut Monaco finished last with just one point. Monaco’s only victory to date came in 1971 when Séverine performed “Un banc, un arbre, une rue” scoring a total of 128 points, 12 points clear of runners up Spain. Following the 1979 contest Monaco withdrew from the contest until 2004. The Principality competed three times between 2004 and 2006 but failed to qualify for the final.