It’s the mountain microstate that gave us “Casanova” and “Salvem el món” on the Eurovision stage.
But fans of Andorra at the Eurovision Song Contest are in for a disappointment.
That’s because broadcaster RTVA has now confirmed it has no plans for the microstate to return for Eurovision 2020 in the Netherlands.
The broadcaster announced the news through a tweet.
In a conversation with excited Eurovision fans, the broadcaster thanked them for their enthusiasm, but said it has no plans to return to the contest.
Gràcies per la proposta @Liber_Montero! De moment, però, no hi ha plans per tornar-hi…
— RTVA (@rtvandorra) May 22, 2019
Andorra fans may have had their hopes buoyed by San Marino’s success this year.
The tiny Republic qualified for the Grand Final for a second time and achieved it’s best result ever. San Marino even managed to place fourth in the televote in it’s Semi-Final.
Andorra will not return for Eurovision 2020
The mountain principality withdrew from Eurovision after the 2009 contest in Moscow.
It followed the withdrawal of Monaco three years earlier and previously RTVA has cited financial issues as the primary reason for withdrawal.
In years since renewed success for the Czech Republic and other small states suggests there is now a route for smaller states to qualify from the semi-finals.
In any event, Andorra won’t be among nations at Eurovision 2020, unless something changes in the twelve months between now and then.
Andorra at the Eurovision Song Contest
The mountain state participated six times in the contest between 2004 and 2009.
In back-to-back appearances in the semi-finals, the closest Andorra came to qualification was 12th place in the 2007 contest in Helsinki.
Songs were typically entered in Catalan, with three entries also using English.
What do you make of the news? Do you think RTVA will change their minds? Do you want Andorra back in the contest? Let us know in the comments below!