Morocco – Much has been written about a possible return of Morocco to the Eurovision Song Contest 2012, after the head of the French delegation Bruno Berbes had called a return of the Arabic nation “very likely”. Now Fatima El Moumen the head of international relations at the national broadcaster SNRT told Esckaz.com: “I have never heard of any intent of SNRT to participate in the contest.” At the meeting of the EBU that was recently held in Genf, the channel simply extended its membership in the EBU for another two years.
After the Arab spring and Berbes’ suggestions many fans had hope for a return of Morocco which has participated in the contest once in 1980 with Samira Bensaid. After the “national shame” of only coming second to last, the Moroccan king Hassan II. decided that his country would no longer participate in the contest.
Tunisia has announced that it will work more closely together with the EBU after dictator Ben Ali lost his power. However, a participation at the Eurovision Song Contest is not envisaged at all. None of the Northern African and Middle Eastern nations that are part of the EBU and thus eligible to enter the Eurovision Song Contest have thus announced any interest to debut at the contest.
Thus this may be the only Arabic entry at a Eurovision Song Contest for quite a while:
- Exclusive: No Participation of Liechtenstein at Eurovision 2012
- France: Internal Selection For Baku
- Monaco: Talks About a Return to Eurovision?
- Macedonia: Song Selection for Kaliopi in February
- Monaco: Dampned Expectations
Sources: ESCkaz with eurofire