Will Luxembourg return to Eurovision?
Many ESC websites, and even the official Eurovision.tv, told about a great event: The possible return of Luxembourg in the Eurovision Song Contest!
The small country has been absent from the contest since 1994, but is a Eurovision power house!
Interesting facts about Luxembourg at Eurovision:
- Luxembourg was one of the eight founding countries of Eurovision to participate in 1956.
- The country has won the contest five times: In 1961, 1965, 1972 and 1973, and 1983.
- It finished last three times: In 1958, 1960, and 1970.
- Ireland remains the most winning country of Eurovision with seven wins, but Luxembourg shares the second place of five wins with Sweden, France, and the United Kingdom.
- Famous representatives include France Gall, Lara Fabian, and Vicky Leandros.
- They have only withdrawn twice: in 1959 and since their absence in 1994.
- Luxembourg has sung in their national language Luxembourgish three times: In 1960, 1992, and 1993. French has been their favorite choice.
- In spite of 37 appearances in the contest, only six of their representatives have been from Luxembourg, with the majority being French.
- A native Luxembourgian has never won the contest. Four of their five winners were French, and one being Greek.
“Yes” to Eurovision
According to the Luxembourgian newspaper “Luxemburger Wort”, during the Eurovision Gala Night on October 25th, the Luxembourgian Minister of Culture Maggy Nagel said “yes” to Luxembourg’s return. This was after the Irish 1992 winner Linda Martin asked the question: “Isn’t it time Luxembourg returned to Eurovision?” The audience applauded to the positive answer.
If RTL (Radio Télévision Luxembourg, the local broadcaster) make the decision to return, it will be after an absence of 22 years. And we’ll watch a contest with 40 countries!
But now, the answer appears to be a big “no!” The same newspaper that reported the Luxembourgian return is now saying it was a “misunderstanding.” The paper now says that Mrs. Nagel hadn’t agreed to anything and there are currently no plans for Luxembourg to re-enter the contest
Stay tuned for more news about Luxembourg in Eurovision! ☺