Will 2024 be the year of the microstates at Eurovision? Ever since Monaco‘s last attempt at Eurovision back in 2006, many fans have been desperate to see the country return to the competition. Since then, the broadcaster TVM has teased possible returns, but never made the leap. This could finally change next year in Malmö, Sweden.
After channel TVM lost its EBU membership back in 2022, it seemed impossible for Monaco to join Eurovision anytime soon. But at that time, the tiny country located on the French coastline remained optimistic about a possible return. That’s because a new TV channel was about to launch in Sepember 2022, named Monte-Carlo Riviera TV.
Back then, the Monegasque government guaranteed the channel 100,000 euros, reportedly to cover the costs for Eurovision participation. The case of Monaco seemed to be haunted though: Monte-Carlo Riviera TV didn’t manage to launch last year, taking participation in Liverpool off the table.
Monte-Carlo Riviera TV had one more year to sort out its programming. Staff worked on the channels concept and even came up with another name for Monaco’s new TV channel: TVMONACO.
As officially announced, TVMONACO will start broadcasting on Friday and rumours have it that the channel then immediately becomes an EBU member. Since interested countries only have until 15 September to confirm their intention to take part at Eurovision 2024, Monaco really needs to hurry up.
It’s been said that TVMONACO could join the Monaco Media Diffusion, which is a company inside the EBU, consisting of different TV and radio channels in the French-Monegasque area. Still nothing is offically confirmed. But naturally fans are buzzing: the return of Monaco hasn’t seemed this plausible for a long time now.
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Other possible returning countries in 2024
So far, we still didn’t get official information from the Balkan nations Montenegro, Bulgaria and North Macedonia. All of them last took part in 2022, when Eurovision was held in Turin, Italy. While MRT from North Macedonia actually stated they’d love to come back as soon as possible and still take part at Junior Eurovision this November, less is known about BNT from Bulgaria. Montenegro AND North Macedonia broadcasted all three shows from Liverpool this year.
Definitely out of next year’s edition
Andorra’s long-awaited comeback was said to be in the works for next year. After channel RTVA confirmed their non-participation some weeks ago, they then claimed that it actually hasn’t been decided whether they will come back or not. So they still needed to evaluate the situation…
A few days later however they disappointed not only Andorra’s last representative Susanne Georgi, but also fans. RTVA confirmed they won’t take part in Sweden but they are open to return in the future. Susanne Georgi has been fighting for the country’s comeback for many years and is not willing to stop. It is said some staff changes inside the broadcaster will make it easier for the country to come back in the future.
Whilst Slovakia also stated they won’t be present in Sweden and instead want to focus on returning in 2025, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Liechtenstein made it clear that they don’t have the money to come back (or debut) for at least another year.
It’s very unlikely we’ll see Russia and Belarus participating anytime soon since they are not included in the EBU amid Russia’s horrific war in Ukraine. Also, due to their anti-LGBTQ-government neither Türkiye nor Hungary are expected to return to Eurovision 2024. Türkiye’s broascaster TRT though still claims the voting system is the reason for their absence.
How many countries do you expect we’ll see in Malmö on the Eurovision stage? Do you think Monaco could actually come back next year? Let us know in the comments below.