As more broadcasters reveal their plans for Eurovision 2021, two European broadcasters have confirmed they won’t be competing in Rotterdam. Luxembourg‘s broadcaster RTL has confirmed that the Grand Duchy won’t be returning to Eurovision in 2021, while Liechtenstein‘s 1 FL TV says the microstate won’t make its debut in Rotterdam.

No Benelux special appearance for Luxembourg

Broadcaster RTL Télé Lëtzebuerg confirmed to Eurovision news site ESCToday that they won’t be competing in Eurovision 2021. The broadcaster says they mostly focus on news programmes, rather than music and entertainment. As well, the broadcaster reportedly says that participating in Eurovision would “entail a financial strain”.

The broadcaster gave similar reasons last year when it confirmed it would not compete at Eurovision 2020. Fans had been hoping that with the song contest being hosted in the Benelux region, Luxembourg would make a special comeback appearance.

Luxembourg last competed at Eurovision 1993. Due to changes to the Luxembourg television system, the current EBU member broadcaster RTL Télé Lëtzebuerg — a Luxembourgish news channel — is different to the French and Luxembourgish Télé Luxembourg channel that organised Luxembourg’s Eurovision entries in its 20th-century heyday.

Luxembourg has a larger population than several regular Eurovision competitors, such as Montenegro, Malta, and Iceland. The landlocked country also has a substantial local Eurovision fanbase who would love to see Luxembourg return to Eurovision.

Liechtenstein has a long way to go before a Eurovision debut

Broadcaster 1 FL TV has confirmed that the mountainous microstate will not be debuting at Eurovision 2021. Liechtenstein’s broadcaster is still not a member of the European Broadcasting Union, so would first need to join the EBU in order to participate at Eurovision.

1 FL TV has confirmed to ESCToday that the cost of joining the EBU is a major hurdle. The broadcaster would need subsidies from the Liechtenstein government — or a very generous sponsor — to pay the union’s membership fee — and on top of that would be the Eurovision entry fee and participation costs.

Liechtenstein had been looking to debut at Eurovision 2019, as part of the country’s 300th-anniversary celebrations. Eurovision participation had been the pet project of 1 FL TV’s editor-in-chief Peter Kölbel, who, at the time, said the broadcaster was in negotiations with the EBU.

However, sadly Kölbel passed away in early 2018. After this, the small broadcaster seems to have lost interest in pursuing a Eurovision debut. As well, with the country’s 300th-anniversary having come and gone, there is less reason for the government to fund a one-off Eurovision participation.

So far, 30 countries have provisionally confirmed for Eurovision 2021. Of those, 19 have internally selected their Eurovision 2020 act to again represent their country.

What do you think? Are you sad that these countries won’t be at Eurovision 2021? Does Liechtenstein need to find an alpine Serhat to fund its entry? Tell us your thoughts below!

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Esc43
Esc43
1 month ago

Unfortunately, we should not wait a lot for esc 2021.. Broadcasters are not bound to risk a return in such uncertain time with the coronavirus.. Maybe from 2022 and then. For the time being, I hope all 41 countries from esc 2020 are coming back. And maybe Montenegro returns too. It’s the only one potential

Andrés
Andrés
1 month ago

What about Morocco? I read somewhere that there were talks for a potential comeback.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago

I could’ve sworn they’d eased up on it since the ’80s. I know Jordan and Egypt did (even if the likelihood of them competing is slim to none).

Azaad
Azaad
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

Jordan and Egypt recognise Israel and interact with Israel internationally but they’re the only two Arab states to do so openly. Morocco would have to choose between breaking its own laws or the EBU’s rules.

Roo
Roo
1 month ago

Why do we report this every year as if it was news? What would be newsworthy is if they WERE participating!!

Denis
Denis
1 month ago

Not surprised since they havent shown any interest in it but it would be fun to hear what they have to offer. How does pop music sound in these countries?

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Denis

There are some playlists on Spotify of Luxembourgish hip-hop and indie. Pretty cool stuff over there!

Joe
Joe
1 month ago

Wow, what a find! I wish there were more sites like that! Can’t wait to dig through it. I remember once hearing a great song called “Rock and Roll” by a band from Luxembourg but for the life of me I can’t remember their name.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

OK from what I’ve already heard Christina Kalyss would absolutely smash it if she got a song like “City Lights.”

Ziv
Ziv
1 month ago

I am probably too young to have any connection with Luxembourg’s Eurovision glories, so I am not too keen on them. I would rather want to see some recently-withdrawing countries come back, especially Slovakia, after the good results of Czech Republic.

Pontus
Pontus
1 month ago
Reply to  Ziv

haha why you vote down this comment. Fans ALWAYS have bad behavior

Laburnum
Laburnum
1 month ago

Hoping for a return from Montenegro at the least…and while I don’t think Hungary will be back yet one can dream

maladroite
maladroite
1 month ago
Reply to  Laburnum

I don’t get why Hungary withdrew, since until 2019 they had really good results

IHPIESC
IHPIESC
1 month ago

I hope that Poland will withdraw.

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  IHPIESC

Why?

IHPIESC
IHPIESC
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

Hmmm. Let’s see. 1. Poland will never win with this politics. 2. TVP is TV propaganda for one of political party in Poland (PiS), which is definetely homophobic (and president, who is from this party, said that Lgbt is ideology, soo…). 3. Again TVP – it is giving low-budget music videos and just not good songs to compete with others (like Bulgaria/Iceland/Greece etc. From 2020) and if ESC 2020 was, I think that Poland could end max 10th place, but probably 11th. I don’t say that songs are bad, they are ok, but often Poland is giving songs, which is… Read more »

Pontus
Pontus
1 month ago
Reply to  IHPIESC

Because of polands horrible politic situation ? its really bad. Poland is on a dark path

Ashton
Ashton
1 month ago
Reply to  Pontus

oh god not you again

James
James
1 month ago
Reply to  Pontus

A broadcaster is taking part, not a whole country.

IHPIESC
IHPIESC
1 month ago
Reply to  James

Yeah, TVP, which is PiS (political party) TV propaganda.

James
James
1 month ago
Reply to  IHPIESC

Recent Polish entries sent by TVP suggest otherwise.

IHPIESC
IHPIESC
1 month ago
Reply to  Pontus

This is a reason too.

Maya G
Maya G
1 month ago

I know nothing about Luxembourg’s music scene, but do they really have anything to offer at Eurovision nowadays?
I mean, they WERE a powerhouse back in the day, but then they just took the best French singers and writers they could find in a time when chansons were winning or at least coming top 3 every year, which is no longer the case.

Darren
Darren
1 month ago

No surprise really. I can’t see Luxembourg coming back in the foreseeable, even though they absolutely should and easily could.
They’re a wealthy country, with a population bigger than some other ESC participants, they would also benefit from the neighbours that they have, like Belgium, Netherlands, Germany and France. They’re in a better position than many countries.
Out of the two, I think only Liechtenstein is the realistic potential participant, I’d say sometime in the next 5 years.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
1 month ago

I don’t care about Luxembourg’s return. If such a rich country has no interest, fine, whatever. It’s not like we are running the risk of too few participants. I wanna see the entire Ex-Yugoslav Bloc and Andorra back at Eurovision. I miss those entries and I believe they would like to be back in the competition.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
1 month ago

I LOVE the old winning entries that Luxembourg bought, though. Pure classics.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago

The two I’d really love back are Bosnia and Herzegovina (their best entries are the best of any of the former Yugoslav bloc) and Andorra (so much wasted potential for cool songs in Catalan that I would love to see again). I’d say the same about Slovakia if they had any interest in coming back.

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
1 month ago

I’m starting to think we won’t see Luxembourg ever again in the contest, or at least not in the near future
Perhaps Montenegro would make a comeback this year but other than that, I think no one else would

Una
Una
1 month ago

What’s the deadline to confirm participation? And the deadline for withdrawal without fine? October 1st for the first and a later date for the second?

Kaitlin
Kaitlin
1 month ago

First disappointment of ESC 2021

Tom
Tom
1 month ago
Reply to  Kaitlin

Few more will come soon 🙁

Hrvatska
Hrvatska
1 month ago

I have the impression that there will be no debut in the coming years, and now Montenegro is a possible return, the rest depends on a change of approach or political changes in countries that do not come back for a long time, on esc also financial issues need to be decided on the issue of Eurovision

Last edited 1 month ago by Hrvatska
Tom
Tom
1 month ago

Not surprise at all, and I don’t think Bosnia and Hungary will come either …There is a chance for Montenegro. And yes – also for Turkey, Slovakia, Marocco, Andorra.

Iván el Conquistador
Iván el Conquistador
1 month ago
Reply to  Tom

Sadly, I’ve heard Slovakia people are not interested in ESC given the results they’ve had.

Tom
Tom
1 month ago

Yes, thats true but still they are more interested in ESC than Czech people and CZ is in the competition …so you never know …maybe not next year but maybe in the future 🙂

Last edited 1 month ago by Tom
Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Tom

A chance for Turkey? That would be *great*!! Please elaborate? Didn’t the Andorran broadcaster say they won’t? I had the impression that Susanne’s initiative has not been approved.

Last edited 1 month ago by Una
Tom
Tom
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

Well you never know about Andorra, almost same story was about Czech Rep back in 2015. And about Turkey I think they will come in the future, it also depends on how many countries will withdraw from the competition and also about money and participation fee.

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Tom

It would be great to see both countries back. Susanne was very convincing in her interview with wiwi so hopefully Andorra will make an appearance soon. But now I am thinking that they won’t because competition is getting higher. For example: San Marino have raised the bar pretty high for themselves and yes, they did qualify last year. So I don’t know.
About Turkey – my impression was that the reason for withdrawal was block voting and some “moral” considerations from their point of view.

Last edited 1 month ago by Una
Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

It definitely went with the Erdogan administration complicating their international relations with his conservativeness. Turkey would certainly be one to talk about bloc voting, considering how they scored really well with neighbors (like Azerbaijan – those two were set to be the new Greece/Cyprus) and diaspora (Germany, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, to a lesser extent Austria, Switzerland, the UK, and the Nordic countries). They might’ve been peeved that they didn’t get to automatically advance to the final in Azerbaijan since they’re neighbors (and you’ll notice that the cheers for Turkey’s performance and their qualification were almost as loud as those… Read more »

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

I can remember now something about complaints about jury voting (not block voting – I think that was for Italy in some shape of form) and automatic qualifiers. A year or two later they added issues of “morals”. And now that you’re saying this about the “block voting” the withdrawal from the contest because of the introduction of juries makes sense. There had indeed been block voting helping them to some extent. On the other hand, juries had been introduced in 2009 or 2010 and they last participated in 2012. But they did manage a second place in 2010, then… Read more »

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

Even in 2009, they still managed to get top scores from neighbors (Azerbaijan and North Macedonia) and diaspora-heavy countries (Belgium, France, Switzerland, and the UK).

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Tom

Hungary withdrew because Eurovision is too gay.

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

I think Turkey had the same objections but a few years earlier PLUS the complaint about block voting.

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

Correction: complaint about *jury* voting.

Pontus
Pontus
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

still it was not the reason they went out. When a fan hear ONE thing, they never stop believing it. Even when the broadcaster said the reason. haha typical fandom. Like with the ONLY ONE year backing vocals. Not forever like fans said .and blamed Sweden. It is for corona and saving money. do fans care? haha no.

James
James
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

Did they say so on record?

maladroite
maladroite
1 month ago
Reply to  James

I’m pretty sure when asked if Turkey would come back to Eurovision someone high up said something about not liking the values of the contest and that they didn’t like that people like Conchita were winning. But that was one person plus when Turkey originally withdrew that wasn’t part of their reasoning at all (I’m pretty sure it was mostly the voting system at the time that they had objections too)

James
James
1 month ago
Reply to  maladroite

Re: Turkey and the voting system. It’s a weird reason to withdraw from considering they actually did well when the 50/50 system was introduced. Granted, they didn’t qualify for the first time in 2011 but that’s more to do with how their performance fared to viewers and jurors alike. As for Hungary, I think people and some media outlets assumed what the reason was because of the current political climate there even if there was no clear indication that MTVA was not happy for reasons other than not qualifying after such a long impressive qualification streak. They’re is far from… Read more »

Tom
Tom
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

Yeah maybe, sometimes is good to have a break 🙂

Joe
Joe
1 month ago

Not really a jaw-dropper, but disappointing. There’s gotta be some entertainment-specific division of Luxembourgish TV, right? Is it just news and transmissions from Germany and France?

Joe
Joe
1 month ago

Hate to say it, but back in the day, Luxembourg were not above sending their share of Siegel songs. Maybe he’d cough up the dough? (Which would doubly suck since there’s a wonderful, vibrant indie scene in Luxembourg)

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

I didn’t say it’d be a good thing!

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

You can’t win

Leo
Leo
1 month ago

I think no country is going to debut next year and only Montenegro might return

Ashton
Ashton
1 month ago
Reply to  Leo

still holding out hope for Bosnia tbh

Esc2021rotterdam
Esc2021rotterdam
1 month ago
Reply to  Leo

Hopefully Kazakhstan can debut next year. If they partipicate in jesc so why don’t they in eurovision?

Leo
Leo
1 month ago

If they win jesc 2020 (which is very likely to happen), ebu might invite them to take part in the actual contest

Tom
Tom
1 month ago

I can’t see Kazakhstan in near future in the competition ….:(

Alex
Alex
1 month ago

Kazakhstan in JESC happened because the Junior Eurovision reference group decided solely.

Ashton
Ashton
1 month ago

A shame, but an expected one.