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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CRAIG
CRAIG
3 months ago

I don’t blame them actually for not coming back. Their entries in 2007, 2008 and 2009 were all worthy of being in the final and it’s one of the many scandals of that bleak bloc voting televote only period in the 00’s that they didn’t qualify. The unfortunate thing being the 50/50 jury televote split came to the grand final in 2009, but not the semis until later.

Joe
Joe
3 months ago
Reply to  CRAIG

Mmmeehhh. I’ll give you 2007, a song that was absolutely robbed of its deserved spot in the final, but the other two don’t do much for me. Andorra just debuted at the worst possible time, an absolute can’t-win era for a lot of countries but especially those without neighbors or diaspora (save for mutual admirer Spain – in spite of being right near them and voting for them a lot, Portugal and France gave Andorra virtually nothing). All those countries were just desperate for any kind of attention and Andorra’s acts reeked especially of trying to grab people’s attention versus… Read more »

Steve
Steve
3 months ago

What about Monaco or Luxembourg ? They also left before semis were introduced

Iván el Conquistador
Iván el Conquistador
3 months ago

I’m not sure how more participants can make better contests.
1. Where’s the point of a big quantity of contestants if there isn’t any musical variety? I ask this because users are here panning the 2016 Contest.
2. For the host countries, it can mean bigger budgets. And in the case the contests don’t bring profit, then you’ll see countries doing little efforts to win which means bad songs and that’ll lead to bad contests.

Sniper K-Wolf
Sniper K-Wolf
3 months ago

1) Bring back the language rules and ochestra one more if you want really musical variety.
2) Its a no sense, every winner country are free to say no for becoming the host country if they didnt want. Who was the host country if 1957, 1960, 1963, 1972, 1974 and 1980 ?

1TruSeer
1TruSeer
3 months ago

Would really love this to be true!
Would love to hit 44 participants one year.
Andorra, Montenegro Hungary

Cameron
Cameron
3 months ago
Reply to  1TruSeer

Hungary are never coming back but Kazakhstan may happen after their JESC successes

Joe
Joe
3 months ago
Reply to  Cameron

I’m trying not to be quite as doom-and-gloom about Hungary since their recent tourism reputation has been pretty solid (at least two summers ago it seemed all my friends went to Budapest at some point) and I’d be wary of turning down a promotional goldmine like Eurovision, but also I don’t run a country that’s quickly turning into a totalitarian nightmare so I don’t know what they want.

Montenegro, though, I do think they’ll be back. It sounded like they weren’t planning to leave for more than a year anyway, they just needed a breather.

Joe
Joe
3 months ago
Reply to  Cameron

I was honestly really surprised that Kazakhstan didn’t get an invite after they won the jury vote at JESC. It was also the second year in a row that an associate EBU member won the JESC jury vote (Australia took it the year before – who knows what’ll happen this year? We on our way to Cardiff 2021?)

acp
acp
3 months ago

You should really check out her Instagram (she also confirmed the news there), she seems so positive and happy person. I lover her and what she is doing for her country is great, because she said she did not want to represent Andorra but what she wants is Andorra to come back. Nice for her!

Bella
Bella
4 months ago

If Andorra comes back thanks to Susanne, I’m spending all my phone credit to vote for her whatever the entry. Yes I’m biased and I want to see Andorra not only back but ALSO in the final, sue me.

Kirby
Kirby
4 months ago

Thank you Susanne!!!

sangfreudx
sangfreudx
4 months ago

I almost hate to say it, but is Ralph Siegel behind this? Now that San Marino doesn’t want him anymore.

Joe
Joe
4 months ago
Reply to  sangfreudx

God, I hope not. It’s the catch-22 of getting some countries in/back into Eurovision: you can come back, but Ralph’s writing the song. It happened a year ago with Bosnia and Herzegovina too: Ralph volunteered to foot the bill if they picked an artist he recommended that he’d presumably write the song for, but they said no.

Alex
Alex
4 months ago

2016 was indeed very generic. I prefer other years that you feel more diversity, language, fun, culture, originality. Nothing was really surprising. 2016 was missing so many things I love about Eurovision.

Erasmus
Erasmus
4 months ago

Are u for real, u want countries like Turkey and Kazakhstan(which I do too both!) and Slovakia not, because of human rights – u need a reality check up.

Erasmus
Erasmus
4 months ago
Reply to  Erasmus

This was answer to a comment saying wanting Turkey and Kazakhstan, both of which I want too, but not wanting Slovakia for not respecting other religions or sth.. Pure nonsense

Roo
Roo
3 months ago
Reply to  Erasmus

The Iceland Jury and Phone vote both gave points to Netta. Then they complained about Israel winning.

Rasmus Bording Irlind
Rasmus Bording Irlind
4 months ago

you have to appluad her efforts

Erik
Erik
4 months ago

I love the uncertainty in this news. And the cryptic not Spain, nor Denmark-thing. So the company is french? German? Of course this shows us that money speaks in Eurovision. Everything from music production, staging, music video etc. makes it really tricky to manage for a small state so of course also for a micro state. So is this actually a Eurovision who-puts-most-money-into-this contest? There is a possibility to break though really hard after a victory. Of course there are a lot of interests. How can we help small states to take part on more equal terms? A lot of… Read more »

First row at ESC and JESC
First row at ESC and JESC
4 months ago
Reply to  Erik

Erik – I can only speak for myself but I have no problem if companies support small countries like Andorra or San Marino to help them to do good in the contest. That would be a win-win situation. The artist, the microstate, the sponsor and the fans will benefit from this.

Erasmus
Erasmus
4 months ago

Well 2016 was one of the best years quality wise!

viridESCent
viridESCent
4 months ago
Reply to  Erasmus

Completely disagree. 2016 and 2015 were some of the strongest Eurovision years EVER.

viridESCent
viridESCent
4 months ago
Reply to  viridESCent

I mean that’s factually completely wrong. We had various different genres including rock (Georgia and Montenegro), modern ballads (i.e. Australia), ethnic contemporary indie (Ukraine), cheesy pop (Russia), disco (San Marino), country (Netherlands and Slovenia), avant-garde pop (Armenia), pop rock (Poland), and funk (Belgium). So even if you don’t like them, firstly, most people love 2016, and secondly, there are many distinct genres that sound nothing alike. You can’t sit there and tell me that 1944 is indistinguishable from What’s The Pressure, because that’s just so factually wrong.

viridESCent
viridESCent
4 months ago
Reply to  viridESCent

In your opinion.

viridESCent
viridESCent
4 months ago
Reply to  viridESCent

In your opinion.

viridESCent
viridESCent
3 months ago
Reply to  viridESCent

Someone has some VPNs, Vivi! It must be hard sitting there and refreshing just to dislike mine and Erasmus’ comments over and over again.

Sniper K-Wolf
Sniper K-Wolf
3 months ago
Reply to  viridESCent

Because 2014 to 2017 was the worst darkest period in the story of the ESC for the quality, ethnicity, national identity and diversity of the songs. Things changed since 2018 because the consecutive result of Salvador (2017), Jamala (2016) and Il Volo (Televote in 2015).

Btw, 2016-2017 victories was the first time since three decades for twince new consecutive language-song winner (crimean tatar and portuguese) after 1984-1985 (swedish and norwegian).

And every years jury members get lyrics and texts of every songs with translation, so all of them understand the message of every songs.

Cameron
Cameron
4 months ago
Reply to  viridESCent

2020 was a weak year, 2016, 2018 and 2019 were good years, 2017 and 2020 were a bit below them based on song quality, in my opinion

Cameron
Cameron
4 months ago
Reply to  Cameron

Wouldn’t call Ireland, Armenia, Denmark “good” they were all non-qualifiers, out of all 41 songs I only still listen to Azerbaijan, Israel and Sweden and nothing else

For me 2020 has about 8 songs that I would still listen to and 2016 has about 20 that I do, it’s just my personal opinion but for me 2016, 2018 and 2019 were good years and 2017 and 2020 were weaker

percy
percy
4 months ago
Reply to  Cameron

Denmark is for sure a qualifier when talking about 2020.

Cameron
Cameron
3 months ago
Reply to  percy

For me borderline, 9-12 place

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago
Reply to  Cameron

IMO, ESC2020 has two song categories: “very good songs” and “excellent songs”.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
4 months ago
Reply to  viridESCent

It was the year of jamala with 1944 which is the opposite of how you describe the year.

Indiana07
Indiana07
4 months ago
Reply to  viridESCent

Imo 2015 was without doubt the weakest year last decade, I had like 3-5 songs that I cared for. But 2016 was pretty good.

Malo
Malo
4 months ago
Reply to  Indiana07

Replying to Ana’s comment.
I don’t want to spread negativity but I also dislike so much 2011’s offerings (meaning the vast majority). And yeah such a shame because the production was fantastic.
My personal feelings, may be completely wrong.

Héctor
Héctor
4 months ago

Anonymous really deserved to qualify in 2007. So uplifting, catchy and delivering an important message. But that SF was a big mess, too many countries. Also their live could have been better. Anyway, this music style doesn’t require perfect vocals but attitude. Produce so much nostalgia listening to it now. Hope Andorra’s comeback is real, I really want to see our little neighbours back on stage. Spain or France won’t benefit from it as microstates voting is a composite made from all the votes of the participating countries (which is not fair at all tbh). I’m against blockvoting so I… Read more »

Igor W.
Igor W.
4 months ago
Reply to  Héctor

As far as I know Andorra used televoting in the past, so there wouldn’t be a fake televoting result as for San Marino.

Héctor
Héctor
4 months ago
Reply to  Igor W.

Oh, then I hope so!

Tajikistan
Tajikistan
4 months ago
Reply to  Igor W.

That’s true, Andorra is big enough (surprisingly) for its own televote and has its own phone network. All it would mean is automatic 12 to Portugal or Spain but I think we can all live with that

Alex
Alex
4 months ago
Reply to  Tajikistan

If Andorra had televote, in 2015 they would have given 12 to Italy over Spain (like Portugal did)
I think they would have given 12 to Austria in 2014 over Spain as well but not that sure here.

Joe
Joe
4 months ago
Reply to  Alex

There were two years where they had to use a backup jury (one year it was no different from the usual and Spain got 12, the other notably saw them fail to award Spain a single point in favor of Verka Serduchka)

Joe
Joe
3 months ago
Reply to  Joe

2005 and 2007 to be exact.

Roo
Roo
3 months ago
Reply to  Tajikistan

I think one year (2007 the 12 went to Ukraine) Andorra used a jury. Only 8 countries picked up telephone votes and most were for Spain.

Colin
Colin
4 months ago

Anonymous would probably have qualified under two semis system and honestly, they should have anyway.
Thank you, Susanne, for giving an effort! I think we all want to see Andorra back in the contest. Having Susanne or Nick coming back and going face to face with Senhit would be a microstate epic musical event. 🙂

Dani Fernández
Dani Fernández
4 months ago

Hello!
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Guest
Guest
4 months ago

As long as it’s part of Europe, bring them on.

No shade towards Australia, I’ve come to accept them in the concert now 🙂

Erik
Erik
4 months ago
Reply to  Guest

*EBU

I’d love to see a lot of comebacks from Morocco, Turkey etc. That have stayed out for too long

Susanne Georgi is a queen
Susanne Georgi is a queen
4 months ago

periodt andorra is my favorite country at esc, pls return <3

Una
Una
4 months ago

The more the merrier and the competition will be stronger!! I would *love* to see Andorra back. All countries should be welcome but there is a maximum number which I cannot remember exactly. Jan Ola mentioned it at one point. Forty-four or 46. I can’t remember 🙁

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
4 months ago
Reply to  Una

It’s 44 according to the EBU’s rules, though the rules have been changed so many times that I don’t see why EBU shouldn’t increase that number if necessary. Still, there has to be some sort of limit, ’cause we certainly don’t want a repeat of ESC 2007’s semi-final.

Erasmus
Erasmus
4 months ago
Reply to  Skiwalko

We’ll I think we could do 20 countries in a semi, because what is a difference between 19 or 20. It will be harder to qualify, but that means a more quality final. + JESC limit was 18, and in 2019 there were 20 countries, so I don’t think there is an actual limit as long it is not above 50. + If there were more countries that would’ve wanted to participate, Australia would have to go.

viridESCent
viridESCent
3 months ago
Reply to  Erasmus

But then keep in mind that 20 countries in a semi means more favourites losing; imagine Iceland 2016 but for 5 countries each semi. People would get mad and salty af.

Darren
Darren
4 months ago

5 years since a new country debuted (Australia) or a country returned after a long absence.
Ukraine, Bulgaria, Russia, have recently left and come back the following year, so they don’t count.

Darren
Darren
4 months ago

Would love to see Andorra back at ESC.
If Susanne Georgi can persuade the broadcaster to return, I don’t see why not. It won’t cost them anything.

If many Andorran’s tune into the broadcast, which I’m sure they will, then it could be a good way back for them having a permanent return.

DomuX32
DomuX32
4 months ago
Reply to  Darren

It is also important how they finish in the contest. If they dont qualify the broadcaster can simply say “we tried and we didnt get a big audience” or something like that.

Darren
Darren
4 months ago
Reply to  DomuX32

It depends on how badly they NQ
11-13th in the semi final would be okay for them.
Last place and they probably won’t come back. It’s worked for San Marino.
I think the public would get behind Andorra in very much the same way that they have gotten behind San Marino (who have gone on to qualify twice now).
It would be great to hear the Catalan language back on the ESC stage.

Una
Una
3 months ago
Reply to  DomuX32

But what should be the reason or reasons to not come back then? Scenario 1: they finish bottom and decide to not come back. 2 they don’t get much audience for the show and decide to not come back. A 11-13 placing in the semi would be great. Look at San Marino. But it only takes 1 good song with a decent stage performance to quality. Money is an instrinsec yet separate issue. From what I remember Czechia had low audience thus they didn’t put much effort in terms of songs or participation in the contest. Come 2016 bam. Gabriela… Read more »

Tibor
Tibor
4 months ago

I know, a lot of people are for some reason enamoured with the participation of the microstates. I never quite got that, because for me the sheer number of participants isn’t what makes me excited about the contest, it’s (some of) the music. This case now seems to be particularly strange since, allegedly, there is funding from the government, but the broadcaster claims there isn’t. Or just doesn’t want to take it for some undisclosed reason. Both can’t simultaneously be true. Then someone swoops in with some private funding that has nothing to do with Andorra or its broadcaster and… Read more »

Erasmus
Erasmus
4 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

Well, I’m not saying it’s ture, but it is possible. + Sussane has represented Andorra in 2009, so she has something to do with the country. I’m sceptical but again it can be true.

Tibor
Tibor
4 months ago
Reply to  Erasmus

I didn’t mean that Susanne has nothing to do with Andorra, she obviously has, she’s a Dane who is living in Andorra for 13 years now. I was talking about what Jordi says in the article, that the funding is not coming from Andorra.
And what do you think is possible? I said that either the government has offered funding or it hasn’t. Both can’t be true.

Erasmus
Erasmus
4 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

No I think it’s possible that they got the financing for it, + can we trust Eurofestivales? (not familiar with them, no shade). Oh I thought you were referring to her not the company. Maybe the government didn’t offer funding and Sussane stepped in with her project (if it’s true), maybe will they both pay for it partly.

Tibor
Tibor
4 months ago
Reply to  Erasmus

I will try it a third time: The article states that the government claims to have offered the funding. The broadcaster says, the government hasn’t offered the funding. I’m not here to speculate, it’s just that both cannot be true at the same time.

Erasmus
Erasmus
4 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

well true, I mean I do not know what is true. We’ll have to see.

Una
Una
4 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

Re: participatin of microstates – I personally love this! I never think of them in everyday life. Nor about many big states for that matter but they come up with different people or news and what not. Come Eurovision, I love the fact that they are there are microstates participating. For me personally Eurovision is not only about music but also all these many countries coming together. With nice music and beloved artists and awesome staging and the Eurovision season and wiwibloggs and the community. And microstates deserve support too. So bring them on, I love it.

Joe
Joe
4 months ago

Heck, this strategy works for bigger countries than just Andorra or San Marino: it’s exactly what Bulgaria’s doing. So fingers crossed – would love to see the number go up to 43 again.

Tibor
Tibor
4 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Not that I’m completely convinced by the way Bulgaria approaches the contest, but is this really the same thing? Don’t we know where the Bulgarian funding comes from and is it Milanov who secures it, not the broadcaster? I’m asking, I honestly don’t know.

Una
Una
4 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

Milanov said in his long interview with wiwibloggs this year that Victoria had secured the funding for Bulgaria 2020. That basically that’s how they managed to convince the broadcaster to return or something along these lines. William made the interview (mostly a monologue LOL) after EBU said they’d enforce the 1 September rule.
To add: it’s a pretty long video but interesting to hear it nonetheless.

Tibor
Tibor
4 months ago
Reply to  Una

This is really the epitome of the Eurovision industry, I’m always talking about. I’d be interested in what would happen if a second songwriter would in the future want to enter Eurovision. Would the Bulgarian broadcaster then sell their spot to the highest bidder? Brave new world, indeed …

Una
Una
4 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

I don’t know. That interview is quite enlightening. People can take what they want from it. Some writers’ (music and lyrics) and stage directors’ hegemony is well know already. Not a good thing from my point of view. What to do.

Tibor
Tibor
4 months ago
Reply to  Una

That’s really the epitome of the Eurovision industry, I’m always talking about. What would happen, if one day in the future, a second songwriter would want to enter Eurovision for Bulgaria? Would the broadcaster then sell their place to the highest bidder? Brave new world, indeed …

Erasmus
Erasmus
4 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

It’s actually not Milanov who secures it, but a company ICard Bulgaria and also a couple of other companies as well

Cocooo
Cocooo
4 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Even when Eleni Foureira competed for Cyprus they had to seek sponsorships to fund the performance (remember the pineapples in the music video?)

Tibor
Tibor
4 months ago
Reply to  Cocooo

I do. And the female hygiene products. 🙂 It was funny, but I was very wary about that, too.

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

It was fruit and supplements that sponsored the vid, not female hygiene products.

Tibor
Tibor
4 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

My bad, but it doesn’t really change the point I’m making. I’m not disapproving of the products. 😉

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

Well, whatever the products, those sponsorships made that fabulous performance and Cyprus’ runner-up position possible. It was so worth it. Small countries have ambitions too. Bulgaria’s hussle is ok but the symphonix “monopoly” is too tiring for me. I would like to see something different.

Tibor
Tibor
4 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

Fair enough, but I’m approaching this a little differently: Countries shouldn’t be obliged to either withdraw for financial reasons or to assure the funding by an external sponsor which almost inevitably leads to the sort of monopoly you find tiresome (and I agree with you on this point). I really don’t know if the admission fees that are floating around here are accurate, but if they are, EBU should think this over and not just tell small broadcasters to either pay (no matter how) or leave. What I find really questionable is poor states being used by rich individuals or… Read more »

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

Oh I find it disturbing that countries can’t participate because of financial issues, but then, there might be internal issues in some places and resources being used elsewhere. I don’t know how the financial “contributions”to EBU work either, are the admission fees separate from those? What currency is used? Swiss francs? Euros? Because hard currency is worth quite a lot in some countries.

viridESCent
viridESCent
4 months ago

I hope Andorra comes back. The more countries the better tbh