They are the tiny microstate landlocked between Spain and France and the only country to have never made it to the Eurovision final. However, Andorra may soon be making amends with Europe: the country’s government is reportedly in favour of giving Eurovision another shot.
After participating six times at Eurovision, Andorra withdrew in 2010 on the verge of the global economic crisis. Now, according to Catalan-speaking site El Nacional, the country’s government, led by the liberal party Demòcrates, is willing to allow the broadcaster the funds to take part at Eurovision.
Speaking to El Nacional, sources within the party said, “RTVA will be back at Eurovision, but we’ll have to evaluate the costs first”.
The Andorran government has members from two other parties, Liberals and Ciutadans Compromesos. Both appreciate the appeal of Eurovision and consider it a way of positioning Andorra’s music scene in Europe.
However, while Ciutadans Compromesos says coming back would be “positive despite the important cost it would have”, Liberals appear to be less convinced: they do believe Eurovision “is a show with a great media spectacle”, but they’re not sure whether coming back is “something that Andorrans are worried about”.
It’s worth noting that Andorra will most certainly not be making a come back at Eurovision 2020. It’s true that we’ve seen countries confirming after the line-up announcement (Australia in 2015 and North Macedonia in 2018, for example), but from what’s been published, it looks rather like Andorra will come back (if they eventually do) in the next few years.
Andorran Eurovision entrants back the idea
Just like Beyonce, Andorra may be back by popular demand. In fact, past Andorran Eurovision entrants are quite enthusiastic about the idea. Nick Gain, the leader of rock band Anonymous, said to El Nacional that they would have probably qualified with the current Eurovision semi-finals system.
In fact, Andorra came 12th in 2007 in the single semi-final of 28 participants, which leads some to think that with 20 countries qualifying instead of 10, they would have had more of a chance to make it.
Another singer who has been heavily backing the idea is Susanne Georgi. Andorra’s last Eurovision representative sang “La teva decisió” in Moscow, and our girl has definitely been trying to influence on RTVA’s decision to come back. “I’ve been speaking about it for a couple of years now with several politicians and the broadcaster, and it’s looking good”, she said.
Will we see Andorra at Eurovision soon? Will they break their curse and make the final? Who would you like to see representing them? Which is your favourite Andorran entry? Tell us in the comment section below!