Despite Susanne Georgi’s long-term fight to bring Andorra back to Eurovision, it won’t happen in 2023. The microstate’s broadcaster – RTVA – has confirmed to Spanish outlet Eurofestivales that they have no plans to return next year.
The content manager of RTVA, Dani Ortolà, told Eurofestivales: “Despite being part of the EBU, we do not plan to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest in the short or medium term.”
With that Andorra is officially the first country to confirm non-participation in next year’s Eurovision.
Andorra will not return to Eurovision in 2023
The news has understandably left many fans unsatisfied, especially after the favourite advanced made by the country’s last Eurovision singer Susanne Georgi. For years the 2009 Eurovision alum has been working hard to secure the microstate’s return. Among other things, she found a private sponsor and even got a “verbal green light” from the Andorran Government for the country to make a comeback in 2022. As she told us in 2020, “It’s only good news.”
However, RTVA confirmed no participation for 2022. And it’s the same story for 2023.
The fight is not yet over for Susanne Georgi. Prior to the decision from RTVA, she celebrated her past participation on Instagram with a series of photos and an encouraging message.
“Some of the most amazing moments of my career,” she says of the contest. “I am still fighting with every bone in my body for Andorra to return to this crazy show and I WILL make it happen, sooner or later.”
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Andorra’s past Eurovision singers stand with Susanne in her mission.
In an interview with Andorran radio programme “Fan de Carpeta” in 2021, artists stressed the importance of Andorra returning to Eurovision.
ESC 2008 representative Gisela said that Eurovision is “a big international cultural event and there are so many artists that have a lot to say.”
Likewise, Marta Roure (ESC 2004) suggested that participating in Eurovision “is a great publicity opportunity.”
During this year’s first Barcelona’s Eurovision Party, Marta also told us in an interview about the importance of Andorra getting back to Eurovision.
“You win more than you lose,” she told us. “I feel that money scares them, but at the same time, they invest great sums in publicity campaigns. [Eurovision] is also a marketing opportunity, of our language, culture, traditions… we should go back.”
Andorra missing out on Eurovision promo opportunities
Eurovision brings huge benefits to the artists and participating broadcasters. This year more than 160 million people tuned in to at least some of the three live shows. Many past Andorran representatives, including Susanne, are aware of that.
RTVA journalist Noemí Rodríguez shared that reality during a recent episode of “Els Matins de la Nacional.” According to Noemí, the country should really think about the visibility that Eurovision could bring for a tiny country like Andorra, and study the benefits of participating.
As she tells “Els Matins de la Nacional:”
“The festival costs a considerable amount of money that must be paid to the EBU, a total of around 300,000 euros to carry out the correct promotional work. But I want to make a reflection. Cirque Du Soleil – a Canadian entertainment company and the largest contemporary circus producer in the world – costs [Andorra] around 3 million euros and yet takes place yearly,” generating more than 21 million euros for the country, according to the Ministry of Tourism.
“It’s necessary to study which benefits participating in Eurovision would bring to Andorra, acknowledging that [Eurovision] promotes the different participating countries with labels and boasts millions and millions of views every year.”
Andorra in Eurovision
Andorra participated in Eurovision on six occasions between 2004 and 2009, before dropping out due to economic difficulties. Sadly, they never qualified for 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.
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