New developments on a potential Monegasque return to Eurovision have emerged. In 2022, Monte-Carlo Riviera will start operations as the new public broadcaster of the country. Thanks to this new development, Monaco can apply again for a EBU membership.
Previously, Monaco’s public broadcaster was Téle-Montecarlo. However, French TF1 bought the channel in 2016 making a return for the small nation a distant possibility. Téle-Montecarlo was the only Monegasque broadcaster with an EBU membership.
Therefore the brand-new broadcaster can become a EBU member and path the way for a Monaco return to Eurovision. Nevertheless, this is only the first step towards their participation. Monte-Carlo Rivera will need to apply for a EBU membership in order to participate in 2023. This possibility seems likely considering that Monaco allocated 100000 euros on its budget for a 2023 bid.
Monaco in Eurovision
Monaco participated in Eurovision from 1959 until 1979. During this period they won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1971 with the song Un banc, un arbre, une rue. They also achieved a second place and three third places in the competition. In 2004 Monaco returned to Eurovision. They competed for three years in a row. Unfortunately, they failed to qualify to the Grand Final. Monaco participated in 2006 for the last time until now.
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