LUXEMBOURG: 20 YEARS OF ABSENCE
The question of whether Luxembourg, a five time Eurovision winner and one of the founders of the EBU, will be returning to the contest is a trending topic in the country’s parliament each year.
Alain Berwick, the CEO of the country’s private broadcaster (and EBU member) RTL says, “We have kept our membership card and the cost of entering today is affordable. However the financial burden of hosting in the case of a Luxembourg victory is the fact that is preventing RTL of entering. We’re not against Eurovision as such and we would have nothing against helping promote Luxembourg and artists here by participating, but apart from the fact that it would be too expensive to host, it just doesn’t interest people anymore. They prefer watching shows like Nouvelle Star or Pop Idol”.
Others blame RTL for the country’s absence from the contest. Since RTL is a private broadcaster it cannot rely on the government for financial help in case the country won the Eurovision Song Contest. The recent downsizing of the contest could help Luxembourg eventually return, since it would now have a venue big enough to host the event.
Anne-Marie David, the country 1973 Eurovision winner says she would do anything to bring the contest back to her home country. She goes as far as saying that participating should be part of the country’s constitution.
Luxembourg last participated at the Eurovision Song Contest twenty years ago.