Monaco: Dampned Expectations

  Monaco – A comeback of Monaco to the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 seems very unlikely after Phil Bosco, head of delegation of the national broadcaster TMC said that the costs to participate were simply to high to stem for the small channel. Neither the Monegasque government nor the shareholder of the channel, the French private channel TF1, are not willing to subsidise a Eurovision participation of the principality.

Monaco’s government names the worldwide economic crisis as one of the reasons for their refusal. The only chance Monaco still has is to find a sponsor. This seems very unlikely, though. Andorra had already tried to participate with financial support from sponsors, but failed to find any.

Since its withdrawal in 2006 Monaco did not express or show a will to return to the contest. Monaco had been a part of the contest from 1959 to 1979 (winning in 1971) and from 2004 to 2006. In the 00s Monaco never managed to qualify to the final and withdrew in 2006 stating financial troubles as the trigger.


3 thoughts on “Monaco: Dampned Expectations

  1. I am sorry to read this, but I can’t say that I am surprised. ESC can be extremely unfair to the European microstates.

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