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Andorra in the Eurovision Song Contest

 

Andorra in the Eurovision Song Contest

Andorra
Member station RTVA
National selection events
Appearances
Appearances 6 (0 finals)
First appearance 2004
Last appearance 2009
Best result 12th SF: 2007
Worst result Last: 2006 SF
External links
Andorra's page at Eurovision.tv


Andorra has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest six times, debuting in the 2004 contest. Interest in the contest had been great for a long time, despite the local Andorran broadcaster, Ràdio i Televisió d'Andorra (RTVA), not showing the contest until recent years (citizens could watch it on Spanish and French stations). A majority of the songs have so far been sung in Catalan, the national language of Andorra.

As of 2015, Andorra is one of only two countries, along with the Czech Republic to have participated in the contest and never to have featured in the final.

Contents

  • Participation 1
  • EBU withdrawal 2
  • Contestants 3
  • Voting history 4
  • Commentators and spokespersons 5
  • Photogallery 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Participation

Despite the homeland interest in the competition, Andorra has never qualified for the final (like the Czech Republic). In 2007, a qualification for the final was predicted, but with a 12th-place finish, it just missed out. In the past RTVA held a large reality show contest to select its entry for Eurovision. From 2006, RTVA held an internal selection process to select the Andorran entry for the Eurovision Song Contest.

RTVA confirmed its participation in the 2009 contest in Moscow, Russia. It announced that there would be a public selection process - something not seen in the country since 2005.[1][2][3] Andorra's 2009 entry once again failed to qualify, getting only 8 points in the semifinal.

In the finals, Andorra has always given its 12 points to Spain, with the exception of 2007. As the two nations are neighbouring, this has done very little to dispel accusations of political voting which have been going on for a long time. In December 2009, RTVA announced that Andorra would withdraw from the 2010 Contest due to a lack of funding for an Andorran entry. This came after RTVA submitted an entry for the contest, in case funding could be found to submit an entry. However no funding could be found, and so Andorra was forced to withdraw.[4][5]

Andorra did not participate in the 2011 contest due to financial difficulties,[6] or 2012, for the same reason.[7] Andorra did not participate in the 2013 finals in Sweden, the 2014 finals in Denmark, or the 2015 finals in Austria.

EBU withdrawal

On 8 November 2011, it was announced by the Andorran broadcaster; RTVA, that they would leave the EBU, due to financial reasons and a cut of subsidies from the Andorran government.[8] After a meeting with the EBU director Ingrid Deltenre in June 2012, RTVA decided to stay in the EBU, but said participation in Eurovision is still unlikely.[9]

Contestants

Table key
  Winner
  Second place
  Third place
  Last place
Year Artist Language Title Final Points Semi Points
2004 Marta Roure Catalan "Jugarem a estimar-nos" Failed to qualify 18 12
2005 Marian van de Wal Catalan "La mirada interior" 23 27
2006 Jenny Catalan "Sense tu" 23 8
2007 Anonymous Catalan, English "Salvem el món" 12 80
2008 Gisela English, Catalan "Casanova" 16 22
2009 Susanne Georgi Catalan, English "La teva decisió (Get a Life)" 15 8
Did not participate from 2010 to present
Notes
1. ^ Andorra finished in 23rd place at the 2006 contest, even though 24 countries appear on the semi-final scoreboard published by the European Broadcasting Union. Serbia & Montenegro withdrew from the competition before the contest but still voted.[10]

Voting history

As of 2009, Andorra's voting history is as follows:

Commentators and spokespersons

Year(s) Commentator Spokesperson
2004 Meri Picart and Josep Lluís Trabal Pati Molné
2005 Ruth Gumbau
2006 Xavi Palma
2007 Marian van de Wal
2008 Alfred Llahí
2009 Meri Picart Brigits García
20102015 No broadcast Andorra did not participate

Photogallery

References

  1. ^ Jaime Solloso (2008-09-10). "Andorra: RTVA confirm participation in Moscow 2009". Oikotimes. Archived from the original on 23 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-10. 
  2. ^ Hondal, Víctor (2008-09-11). "Andorra will participate at Eurovision 2009". ESCToday. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-11. 
  3. ^ Jiandani, Sanjay (2008-10-22). "Andorra prepares for Eurovision 2009!". ESCToday. Archived from the original on 25 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-18. 
  4. ^ Victor, Hondal (2009-12-12). "Definitely, no Andorra in Oslo". ESCToday. Archived from the original on 14 December 2009. Retrieved 12 December 2009. 
  5. ^ Hondal, Victor (2009-11-13). "Andorra submit application to EBU". ESCToday. Archived from the original on 16 November 2009. Retrieved 12 December 2009. 
  6. ^ "Speculation on Next Years Entries". ESCIreland. Archived from the original on 4 June 2010. Retrieved 1 June 2010. 
  7. ^ "Andorra não voltará para o Eurovision 2012". JanelaESC. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  8. ^ Hondal, Victor. "News - Andorra to quit EBU". ESCToday. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  9. ^ "Andorra: Klärende Meldung aus den Pyrenäen". eurofire.blog.de. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  10. ^ Yannoulatou, Fotini (18 May 2006). "Eurovision Song Contest 2006 Semi-Final". European Broadcasting Union. Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 

External links

  • Points to and from Andorra eurovisioncovers.co.uk
  • RTVA's Eurovision page
  • EuroAndorra, the Pyrenean eurosite
  • OGAE Andorra site
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