FAQ – We regularly get mails with questions concerning the Eurovision Song Contest. In the new category FAQ we will try to answer these questions. One of the most recent inquiries we got was: Can the Vatican participate in the Eurovision Song Contest? The answer is: yes, it can!
In order to take part in Eurovision, a country needs to have its own broadcaster, which has to be a member of the EBU. The Vatican has a regularly broadcasting television channel since 1990: Radio Vaticana. The channel is also a member of the EBU and could thus submit an application to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest. However, the nature of the program (just as the nature of the country) is of course 100% religious (Catholic). It seems very unlikely that such a broadcaster would be interested in sending an entry to the biggest music contest in the world.
Another problem would be the national jury. Each country participating in Eurovision needs a 5 member jury, which assesses the entries from all other countries. Five cardinals watching and judging Verka Serdutschka, Trackshittaz or Ani Lorak seems like an episode of Saturday Night Live, no?
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