Now that Eurovision is so close let’s have a talk about the inactive countries!
The Kingdom of Morocco, the most mystic country in the Eurovision, has only taken part once, in 1980 when Samira Saïd san Bitaqat Hob (Love Message) and came 18th only ahead of Finland and the contest was held in The Hague, there are many roumors about Morocco’s withdrawal.
One says that the King Hassan II was heavily disappointed with the result achieved by Morocco and he promised that Morroco will never return to the contest. He has already passed away.
The other one says that Morocco wanted to take part in the 1981 contest, but Israel confirmed it’s return and because of that, Morocco decided to withdraw, but the facts that oppose to this rumor is that Morocco has diplomatic relations with Israel and recognizes the Jewish state, so they could have returned, and if also Morocco doesn’t want to return because of Israel, Israel has not taken part in other contests.
The moroccan broadcaster SNRT (Société nationale de radiodiffusion et de télévision) is really close to the government but a rival broadcaster 2MTV has expressed its intentions to join the EBU in order to take part in the contest, note that 2MTV is a taboo breaking broadcaster.
In 2011, during the confirmation season for the 2012 contest, SNRT expressed its intentions to return, also the french head of delegation said that Morocco was really considering a return to the contest because of several reasons. But they finally decided not to take part. Let’s hope that they return to the 2013 contest, We really need Morocco, Moroccan music is heavily famous in Europe, also as Morocco’s neighbors are the Saharawi Republic and Algeria, Morocco wont vote to it’s neighbors, well maybe for Spain, they are neighbors too.
Well, here’s the only Moroccan entry so far, enjoy.
Samira Saïd – Bitaqat Hob
Tomorrow we will discuss about Monaco!