The Principality of Monaco, probably, when you think about Monaco in the Eurovision, you think about contests prior to 1979, a really vintage country in the Eurovision, don’t you think? Anyway, the tiny principality has taken part only 3 times in this century achieving poor results, TMC says that right now, they can’t afford the participation fees and that they can’t ask for sponsorship to France 3 because in their treaty they can only be supported technically by France 3, also another potential sponsor, the Monegasque royal family, the Grimaldi, has denied sponsorship for participations in the Eurovision. The EBU has made a lot effort in bringing back Monaco to the Eurovision, but failed
Monaco had it’s golden age in the 60’s and 70’s, winning in 1971, achieving a 2nd place in 1962 and and 3 3rd places in 1960, 64 and 76.
During the confirmation season for the 2012 contest, there were strong rumors that Monaco would return to the Eurovision, but later the head of delegation of TMC, Phill Bosco said that there’s lack of budget and that a Monegasque return is unexpected in the near future.
The whole Eurovision, or most of it, really hopes that Monaco returns to the Eurovision, it would be so awesome. Let’s hope for a near Monegasque return!
Finally here’s the only Monegasque winning entry so far:
1971: Séverine – Un banc, Un arbre, Une rue
And the latest Monegasque entries:
2004: Maryon – Notre Planète
Lise Darly – Tout de moi
2006: Séverine Ferrer – La Coco Dance
Tomorrow we will talk about Poland!