Susanne Georgi has long been fighting to bring Andorra back to Eurovision. The country’s 2009 representative has stated that she is still hopeful Andorra could return to the contest in 2022 with support from the government.
The star’s statement came after the director of RTVA, Andorra’s state broadcaster, said there were currently no plans to bring the country back to Eurovision.
Susanne Georgie hopes Andorra will return to Eurovision in 2022
In an impassioned post on Instagram, Susanne Georgie responded to the questions that people had been asking her over her continued fight to bring Andorra back to Eurovision:
“I have received SO many messages about the Andorra television statement about Andorra not returning to the Eurovision in 2022. As I was mentioned by name in that statement I only felt it fair to give a response back. The final decision will be made by the Andorran government, the owner of the national television [broadcaster]. I still have big hopes and faith in our government and I am still trying to find a perfect solution for a return to the Eurovision in 2022. Nothing or no one has ever stopped me when I put on my Viking fighter mode. I promise you all that I am still 100% determined for this to happen. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!!!!”
It’s clear that the “La teva decisió (Get a Life)” singer is still very much ready to keep working towards her goal and hopes Andorra could make a reappearance at Eurovision next year.
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RTVA says Eurovision is not on the table
In her post, Susanne responds to a statement from Andorra’s national broadcaster, in which she herself was referenced.
Earlier this month, Xavier Mujal – RTVA’s director – told Spanish Eurovision news site Eurofestivales that the broadcaster was not considering a Eurovision come back. He stated:
“As of today, [the possibility to return to Eurovision] is not on the table, regardless of whether a former representative had spoken with the government. This is the responsibility of RTVA and currently, is not among our projects.”
Although Mujal does not mention Susanne specifically by name, his remark about “a former representative [who] had spoken with the government” was clearly a reference to Susanne Georgi’s efforts to bring Andorra back to Eurovision.
After securing a private sponsor to cover the costs of the country’s return to the song contest, Susanne presented a proposal to the Andorran president Xavier Espot and RTVA director Xavier Mujal back in 2019. This was supposedly given a “verbal green light” for the country to make a comeback in 2022 (after the Covid-19 pandemic had eased).
Unfortunately, it seems that Mujal may have changed his mind slightly in the months since then.
Final decision made by Andorran government or RTVA?
One of the things that has left fans the most confused between these various statements is whether the final decision on Andorra’s potential participation in Eurovision 2022 will be made by broadcaster RTVA or the Andorran government.
Susanne assured her followers in her statement that “the final decision will be made by the Andorran government”.
Meanwhile, Mujal noted that it was “the responsibility of RTVA” to make the decision.
However, Mujal’s statement doesn’t seem to be in line with what the broadcaster said just one year ago. On that occasion, the responsibility fell on the government instead. A statement from RTVA in May 2020 read:
“[…] The decision is not the responsibility of the General Director of RTVA – although that is who assumes it – but it is the Andorran Government who is responsible”
If the decision does come down to the government, then hopefully they still feel the same as in 2019. Two years ago, they seemed to be willing to give Eurovision another shot.
Andorra in Eurovision
Andorra has participated in Eurovision on six occasions between 2004 and 2009. Sadly, they never qualified to the grand final. This unfortunate outcome still grants them the title of the only country to have never made it to the Eurovision final.
Andorra’s best result occurred in 2007. That year, rock band Anonymous placed 12th in the semi-final. Nick Gain, the leader of Anonymous, has also previously stated he is in favour of bringing the microstate back to the contest.
Andorra withdrew from the contest in 2010 on the verge of the global economic crisis. They have never since stepped on the Eurovision stage.
Do you think Susanne Georgi will succeed in her fight to bring Andorra back to Eurovision in 2022? How much do you miss the microstate in the contest? Let us know in the comment section below!