Next year will see a big change for the small country of Monaco. In 2022, the Monegasque government will unveil their new public broadcaster: Monte-Carlo Riviera!
Monte-Carlo Riviera will replace their former national broadcaster, Télé Monte-Carlo, as its was completely bought out by TF1, a French media holding company, in 2016. Télé Monte-Carlo was Monaco’s EBU member as a party of Radio Monte-Carlo, and the channel broadcasted the Eurovision Song Contest up until 2007.
With rumors circulating around a possible return to Eurovision after the Monegasque budget allocated 100,000 euro for a 2023 bid, a new broadcaster could be the next piece of the puzzle. However, if Monte-Carlo Riviera is going to be in charge of a Eurovision delegation in 2023, they have a year to obtain EBU membership to beat the deadline of December 2022.
Monaco at the Eurovision Song Contest
Monaco debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1959, sending the song “Mon ami Pierrot” by Jacques Pills, coming last in a field of 11 countries with 1 point. The next 20 years would see another 20 straight participations in the Eurovision Song Contest for Monaco. Five of those would be podium finishes, with a victory in 1971 with the song “Un banc, un arbre, une rue” by Séverine, marking the only time in which a micro state has one Eurovision.
After the 1979 contest, Monaco withdrew from the contest, not to be seen for another 25 years. That was until in 2004, the micro state returned to the contest, competing from 2004-2006. In those three years, Monaco failed to qualify for the final, their best placing coming in 2004 with “Notre Planète” by Maryon, which came 19th in the semifinal.
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