Andorra last competed at Eurovision in 2009, but has since stayed away due to financial difficulties. And while broadcaster RTVA has confirmed they have no intention of returning to the song contest, a former Eurovision star has other ideas.
The Spanish Eurovision news site Eurofestivales recently reported that RTVA has confirmed they won’t return to Eurovision 2021. The broadcaster told Eurofestivales in a statement:
“Ràdio i Televisió d’Andorra will not participate in the next Eurovision Song Contest, following the decision made a few years ago by the company. The decision is not the responsibility of the Director-General of RTVA, although that is who assumes it, but is the Andorran Government is responsible.”
The announcement came as a surprise to many fans. As recently as November, the Andorran government expressed a willingness to give the broadcaster the budget needed to return to Eurovision.
But while the Andorran government might not be keen, a former Andorran Eurovision star has her sights set on a Eurovision comeback.
Susanne Georgi — who was the last act to represent Andorra, at Eurovision 2009 — is ready to fight. Under the mottos #MyFight and #WeCanDoThisAndorra, Susanne claims she has secured funding to bring Andorra back to Eurovision. And we say YAS!
Susanne road to Eurovision 2021
Speaking to the Euromovidas podcast, Susanne revealed that last October, she had presented her offering to the Andorran president Xavier Espot and RTVA director Xavier Mujal and she is now awaiting a response. “They tell me that for now, they can’t give me either a yes or a no.”
Her new Eurovision attempt might become true if the odds are in her favour. As she also explains to ARA Andorra, the unnamed sponsor is still interested in financing microstate’s return to the contest.
Susanne won’t name her mystery sponsor but says if an agreement is reached, then it will be up to the broadcaster or the government to name the company. Susanne notes that the company is not Spanish or Danish, but “it’s from a big and important country in Europe.”
The singer says that her Eurovision 2009 participation fee was around 150,000 euros. She also cites San Marino as an example of a microstate who enters Eurovision by partnering with foreign sponsors.
Susanne is not alone
Just like Susanne, past Andorran Eurovision entrants are also quite enthusiastic about the idea. Nick Gain — the leader of Eurovision 2007 punk-pop band Anonymous — suggests that today’s semi-final system of jury and televoting and 20 countries qualifying would increase Andorra’s chances of qualifying.
In 2007, Anonymous placed 12th in the single semi-final where 28 acts competed for just ten places in the grand final. Under the current system of two semi-finals and only six automatic qualifiers, Anonymous may have had more of a chance to qualify.
The Pyrenees microstate still remains the only country to have never made it to the Eurovision final.
Will we ever see Andorra at Eurovision soon? What do you think about Susanne’s fight for Andorra’s comeback? And how much would you like to see the microstate back to the contest? Let us know in the comment section below!
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