RTL, the national broadcaster for Luxembourg, have confirmed that they will not take part in the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest in Italy. The five-time winners, who took part in the very first Eurovision in 1956, last took part in the contest in 1993. Their final entrant, Modern Times, were one of only nine Luxembourgish acts to represent the nation.
News is the focus for RTL
Despite developments externally regarding the contest, including a push from previous winner Anne-Marie David calling on the nation to return and the creation of a petition from fans calling on a Luxembourg return that was sent to radio station RTL Télé Lëtzebuerg (RTL) and the Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies.
Luxembourg in the Eurovision Song Contest
Making their debut in contest number one, Luxembourg took part 37 times between 1956 and 1993. Due to poor results in prior years, they were relegated in 1994 meaning they would have to sit out for a year. Instead, they withdrew and have not returned since.
Luxembourg have finished in the top 3 on seven occasions with five wins and two third-place finishes. Their first win came in 1961 with Jean-Claude Pascal’s “Nous les amoureux”. Corinne Hermès brought the last win to the country in 1983 where she picked up 142 points for her song, “Si la vie est cadeau”.
Their last entry, “Donne-moi une chance” by Modern Times, finished 20th place in 1993 with 11 points. The song, which was performed in both French and Luxembourgish, received their highest amount of points from Malta, who awarded them 10 points, only placing the winners Ireland higher.
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