Liechtenstein – All hopes for a participation of Liechtenstein at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 and a membership of the principality’s only broadcaster 1FLTV in the EBU have unfortunately to be buried. Peter Kölbel, head of 1FLTV, has told The Eurovision Times, that the principality is not a member of the EBU yet and thus can’t participate in Europe’s favourite TV show. “Nothing has changed for us: We will only activate the application for membership in the EBU once the government has granted us access to the media subsidies. We believe that our chances are quite good this time, but a decision can only be expected in April 2012. A participation is thus possible in 2013 at the earliest,” Kölbel told us.
In 2010 1FLTV application for financial help was rejected by the principality’s media board which grants the subsidies. The financial resources of the private channel are not sufficient to pay the participation fees for the Eurovision Song Contest without help from the government, though. Recently speculations about a possible debut of the microstate had risen as Liechtenstein was listed as an active member in two official EBU documents. Apparently these have been editing mistakes.
Liechtenstein has never taken part in the Eurovision Song Contest before. However Liechtensteiners have had the opportunity to watch the contest on Swiss, Austrian or German television. The country has made attempts to participate in the contest in the past: in 1969 a French language song had apparently been selected to represent Liechtenstein at the Contest, held in Madrid, Spain. The song, “Un beau matin” by Vetty, would not have been able to represent the German-speaking country due to rules stating that only songs in the national language could represent the country – however as there was no Liechtensteiner television broadcaster in 1969 there was no possibility that Liechtenstein could enter the contest. Later, it was found that this was a pun made up by a French comedian.
Later in 1976 a Liechtenstein entry was once again selected to compete in the contest – Biggi Bachman and “Little Cowboy” would have been the country’s first entry had there been a national broadcaster, but as there was none in the country the entry was rejected from competing
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