Liechtenstein – One of the few countries that can still make their debut in Eurovision is the small principality of Liechtenstein. The countries only broadcaster 1FLTV has repeatedly claimed that it wants to send an entry to the Eurovision Song Contest. Last year, the channel’s CEO Peter Kölbel told us: “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.”
As Mr. Kölbel has now informed the “Eurovision Times” that no decision on the media subsidies and thus on a possible Eurovision debut will be taken before the end of June.
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.
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