Andorra in the Eurovision Song Contest

Andorra
Andorra
Member stationRTVA
National selection events
Participation summary
Appearances6 (0 finals)
First appearance2004
Last appearance2009
Best result12th: 2007 SF
Worst resultLast: 2006 SF 1
External links
Andorra's page at Eurovision.tv
Song contest current event.png For the most recent participation see
Andorra in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009

Andorra has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest six times. It debuted in the 2004 contest and participated every year until the 2009 contest. A majority of the competing songs were sung in Catalan, the national language of Andorra. Interest in the contest had been great for a long time before 2004, despite the local Andorran broadcaster, Ràdio i Televisió d'Andorra (RTVA), not showing the contest until the early 2000s (citizens could watch it on Spanish and French stations).

As of 2019, Andorra is the only country to have participated in the contest without reaching the final. The best the country has ever done was in the 2007 contest, where it finished 12th in its semifinal and did not advance to the final.

Participation[edit]

Despite the homeland interest in the competition, Andorra has never qualified for the final. In 2007, a qualification 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] Andorra's 2009 entry once again failed to qualify, getting only 8 points in the semifinal.

In the finals, Andorra always gave 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.[3][4]

Andorra did not participate in the 2011 contest due to financial difficulties,[5] or in the 2012 contest, for the same reason. Andorra did not participate in subsequent contests.

In November 2019, the Andorran Government confirmed to El Nacional that RTVA would return to the contest after an assessment of the cost was made. However, they did not specify whether that return would happen at the 2020 contest in Rotterdam, or at a future contest.[6]

EBU withdrawal[edit]

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.[7] 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.[8]

Contestants[edit]

Table key
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Winner
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Second place
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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" 231 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 between 2010 and 2020
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.[9]

Awards[edit]

Barbara Dex Award[edit]

Year Performer Host city Ref.
2008 Gisela Serbia Belgrade

Commentators and spokespersons[edit]

Year Commentator Spokesperson Ref.
2003 Albert Roig and Meri Picart Did not participate
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

Photo gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hondal, Víctor (11 September 2008). "Andorra will participate at Eurovision 2009". esctoday.com. ESCToday. Retrieved 11 September 2008.
  2. ^ Jiandani, Sanjay (22 October 2008). "Andorra prepares for Eurovision 2009!". esctoday.com. ESCToday. Retrieved 22 October 2008.
  3. ^ Hondal, Victor (13 November 2009). "Andorra submit application to EBU". esctoday.com. ESCToday. Retrieved 13 November 2009.
  4. ^ Victor, Hondal (12 December 2009). "Definitely, no Andorra in Oslo". esctoday.com. ESCToday. Retrieved 12 December 2009.
  5. ^ Jiandani, Sanjay (6 October 2010). "Confirmed: Andorra will not return in 2011". esctoday.com. ESCToday. Retrieved 6 October 2010.
  6. ^ Granger, Anthony (20 November 2019). "Andorra: Government Plans For RTVA's Return to Eurovision Song Contest". eurovoix.com.
  7. ^ Van Ee, Dennis (10 November 2011). "Andorra: RTVA to quit the European Broadcasting Union". escdaily.com. ESCDaily. Archived from the original on 2013-06-16. Retrieved 10 November 2011.
  8. ^ Hondal, Victor (20 June 2012). "Andorra to stay in EBU, no Eurovision return planned". esctoday.com. ESCToday. Retrieved 20 June 2012.
  9. ^ Yannoulatou, Fotini (18 May 2006). "Eurovision Song Contest 2006 Semi-Final". European Broadcasting Union. Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  10. ^ Adams, William Lee (9 July 2015). "Poll: Who was the worst dressed Barbara Dex Award winner?". Wiwibloggs. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  11. ^ "ATV Eurovisio". rtvasa.ad (in Catalan). Archived from the original on 10 December 2003. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
  12. ^ Bakker, Sietse (14 May 2004). "And here are the votes from... the spokespersons". esctoday.com. Archived from the original on 29 January 2007. Retrieved 20 November 2019.
  13. ^ Bakker, Sietse (20 May 2006). "Meet the spokespersons for tonight's voting!". esctoday.com. Archived from the original on 3 June 2006. Retrieved 20 November 2019.

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