Tonight the Luxembourg Eurovision plot takes yet another turn, with the Luxemburger Wort alerting us to the latest development in the country’s plans.
Luxembourg euro-fans have had a roller-coaster couple of days. It all began on Saturday night, after Ireland’s Linda Martin badgered the Minister for Culture, Maggy Nagel, into saying “yes” to a Grand Duchy comeback. But by yesterday hopes were dashed, as the Minister publically retracted her “yes”, labelling it a “misunderstanding”.
However, there is hope once more, as in an unprecedented move Luxembourg could potentially be entering a joint entry with fellow micro-state San Marino.
The Luxemburger Wort reports that singer Thirerry Mersch has proposed that he will represent the Benelux nation, by qualifying through San Marino. His entry would be a duet, with a San Marinese female singer, giving rise to one song but from two countries.
As usual money is the big issue. According to the paper, the bulk of the costs would be picked up by San Marino RTV, who would also take responsibility for broadcasting the event. This would in effect negate the need for Luxembourgish broadcaster RTL to contribute.
But if Mersh’s vision is to come to fruition, the Luxembourgers will also be required to pay their way. Apparently a production company has already pledged a substantial amount, while the Ministry of Culture has issued a provisional quote. By Wort’s calculations this leaves a relatively small shortfall.
How realistic are the plans? A collaboration such as this would be historic. Would the EBU rules allow for it? And who would the San Marinese female be? Surely not Valentina Monetta? And there’s also the issue of deadlines to be met. The San Marinese have allegedly moved their’s several times, viewing this as an attractive option for 2015. However, if that’s the case why did Minister Nagel bother to retract her “yes” so promptly? Surely she’d have been better off to wait and see where this proposal led to, particularly as her department has supposedly issued a quote.
It seems like the issue of Luxembourgish Eurovision participation isn’t going to be quite as clear cut as previously thought.