Andorra: Absent from Eurovision 2024!

Andorra joins the list with the countries that confirmed that they will not return to Eurovision in 2024, along with Slovakia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

This isn’t a surprise, consider the following statement made last year by Dani Ortolà, RTVA’s Content Director:

Despite being part of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), we have no plans to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest in the short or medium term.

Although Andorra’s absence does not come with an official explanation, participating in artistic competitions is not among RTVA’s projects.

Moreover, Susanne Georgi’s actions have not proven to be successful for Andorra’s return to Eurovision regardless her statement under which the Government of Andorra has given the green light for the comeback. Meanwhile, she is also working on organizing a Eurovision pre-party hosted in Andorra next year.

Andorra’s last participation was in 2009 with Susanne Georgi and her song “La Teva Decisió“, which ,like all the Andorran entries, did not manage to qualify to the Grand Final.

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Andorra: Susanne Georgi comments on a possible return of the country to the Eurovision song contest!



Susanne Georgi was the last representative of Andorra in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest with the song “La teva decisió”, but she did not make it to the Grand Final.

The “ESC Bubble” press team had the opportunity to meet Susanne at her studio, Stars Academy, in Andorra la Vella. She talked about both her participation and the possibility of the country’s return to the competition.

Susanne is an active activist in the fight to bring one of Europe’s smallest nations back to the world’s biggest music show, which has over 160 million viewers worldwide.

Andorra’s Eurovision history is relatively short and unfortunately disappointing. The Principality has only participated in the contest six times (from 2004 to 2009) and has never made it to the Grand Final. Financial constraints were cited as the main reason when Andorra’s broadcaster, Ràdio i Televisió d’Andorra (RTVA) announced its withdrawal from Eurovision in 2009. Susanne admitted that this was a very difficult decision.

“I remember in the very beginning, it was very frustrating because [RTVA] said we don’t have the money. And I mean that you can understand […] and COVID came and it was even worse, and we don’t have the money. So okay? You want money, I’ll find the money. So I went out and I found the money to fund the whole project. And they were like yeah, but it wouldn’t look good if we took this from the private sector… You said you wanted the money, I got the money. What is the problem?! […] So it’s this endless, you know, this fight. […] But I definitely would like to make sure that we do the right things, because we need so much more money and promotion than a Germany or a Spain, we need to do double the work because people don’t know Andorra. So it’s going to be hard work.”

However, there is also good news as the recent elections in the country kept the same government in place, which means that she already knows the officials who can make decisions to lead Andorra back to Eurovision.

In addition, there was also a change at RTVA, which brought Susanne great joy.

“[RTVA] changed the TV director […] because the former TV director did not want Eurovision under any circumstances. And I have had meetings where I was pulling my hair out!”

By finding the funding to bring Andorra back into the contest family, Susanne discovered other reasons to justify the country’s return to the Eurovision stage.

I think sometimes people, if they’re not in this world, they don’t actually see how much potential it has for the tourists for the country. […] But I know that [the government] wants it. I know, there’s a lot of people that want this to happen within the government now, and with the change of the TV director, I really do have hope. And I think we’re closer than ever!”

Despite the obstacles she faced along the way, Susanne did not give up her campaign easily. A TV crew is following her, intending to record a documentary about her work on Eurovision. She has also contacted many singers and songwriters in Andorra, going so far as to believe that Andorra could return to Eurovision “tomorrow” if required.

When asked if she would return to the Eurovision stage on behalf of Andorra, Susanne expressed the following thought:

“I would never say no if someone asked me, ‘Do you want to come back?’ […] I’m not saying I 100% believe I’ll be back on that stage at some point. But at this point when it comes to Andorra, I would love to be able to try to run this project so we can succeed 100%. […] And that’s very important for me. I don’t feel alone. On the contrary, I feel like I have so many little soldiers behind me, you know, even outside Andorra, like the fact that you came up here to talk to me – that means everything to me!”

Below you can see Andorra’s last participation in 2009 in Moscow, with Susanne Georgi performing the song “La teva decisió”:


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Andorra: Susanne Georgi continues pushing for Andorran return to Eurovision

Susanne Georgi is committed to see Andorra back again at the Eurovision Song Contest.  The former Andorran representative has advocated for a return of the country to Eurovision and she continues discussing with Andorran stakeholders as the Eurovision Song Contest is taking place in Liverpool.

For instance, she met with CCMA to talk about her campaign and the importance of bringing back the Catalan language to the Eurovision stage:

“I’ve had meetings with politicians and with a lot of people, I’ve been with this project for 5-6 years.”

In 2022, Ms. Georgi stated that she had reached a verbal agreement with the Andorran government for the country to return that year.  However, this promise was not met.  Two years later, Susanne Georgi has not given up.

“The excuse before was that there was no money, I have already found the money and I think that every day we are closer to it. I don’t know if it will be in 2024 or 2 or 4 years from now, but if we go back , we’ll be back for sure .”

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Jon Ola Sand: “We don’t need to broaden our scope of participating countries in the Eurovision Song Contest.”

On the last episode of Euro Trip, Jon Ola Sand, the ex-Executive Supervisor of Eurovision, talked about the possibility to see a debut of Kossovo or Kazakhstan but also for a returning country to come back any time soon.

At first, in his interview with the host of the show, he mentioned Kazakhstan and if the have chances to debut in Eurovision:

“There is a really keen interest from the broadcaster in Kazakhstan to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest. There has never been any serious discussion to bring them in.They are not a member of the EBU, and we really don’t need to broaden our scope of participating countries in the Eurovision Song Contest.”

After that he talked about Kossovo and their chances of a debut, when he mentioned:

“There has been no attempt from the EBU to bring Kosovo into the Eurovision Song Contest. There have been discussions as a broadcaster, but they  lack the status to allow them to compete.

Australia have been an exception because the country’s public broadcaster SBS has competed in every edition of the competition since owing to its associate EBU membership.

Last but not least, he talked about the possibility to see Luxembourg, Andorra, Slovakia, Monaco or Turkey returning in Eurovision Song Contest:

“We had talks with all the broadcasters you mentioned . It hasn’t been a priority for us to bring them in. There isn’t a need to grow the number of participants. But Turkey would have a higher priority than say, Monaco for instance”

Jon Ola Sand served as Executive Supervisor between 2011 and 2020. Prior to this role he was Executive Producer for Eurovision when the contest was held in Oslo, Norway in 2010.

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