Following AD.nl’s interview with Jon Ola Sand opening up to the possibility that Morocco could return to the contest in the future, a spokesperson for Moroccan broadcaster SNRT have said they are unaware of any such discussions. The country previously took part in the contest once, in 1980.
“No information on this subject”
Karim Sbai, the Director of Communications for SNRT, told Moroccan newspaper Telquel that:
At my level, for the moment, I have no information on this subject.– Karim Sbai, speaking to Telquel
This news comes after EBU Executive Supervisor, Jon Ola Sand, talked about how countries from North Africa and the Middle East would “make the contest more varied”. He also said that the EBU has been having conversations with Morocco, something that SNRT are now denying.
Morocco at the Eurovision Song Contest
Morocco has taken part at the Eurovision Song Contest on just one occasion in 1980. Samira Bensaïd represented the North African nation with “Bitaqat Hub”, which finished in 18th place (second-to-last), with just 7 points. French-Algerian conductor, Jean Claudric, headed up the orchestra for Morocco.
“Bitaqat Hub” was the first and only song to date to be performed fully in Arabic. Morocco are also the only country from Africa to have ever taken part in the contest, despite Tunisia and Lebanon both announcing their intentions to participate in 1977 and 2005 respectively.
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