Hi guys! So, after the excitement that was Iceland practically confirming participation for Eurovision 2016 yesterday, things are going downhill here, as Luxembourgish national broadcaster RTL has said that they’re “not planning” to return to the Contest next year as the Contest celebrates its 61st year.
In an e-mail sent to ESC Views, RTL said, in all but a few words:
We are not planning to take part in Eurovision 2016.
This statement seals in the fact that Luxembourg is the first country to say that they will not be taking part in the Contest. As a sidenote on that front, some rumours are suggesting that Andorra will also not be taking part in the competition, but we will let you know whether that rumour will see to be proven or disregarded!
Luxembourg was one of the seven countries that competed in the first ever Eurovision Song Contest. The country went onto win the show on five occasions – 1961, 1965, 1972, 1973 and 1983. The country competed for the last time in 1993 and hasn’t gone on to return to the Contest since. There was a possibility of Luxembourg returning to the competition this year, but it was soon a rejected rumour, as the Minister for Culture cited a “misunderstanding” of what was being said.
So, what do you think? Are you happy or sad to see that Luxembourg isn’t going to return in 2016? If they were to return, who would you like to see represent Luxembourg in Eurovision? And do you think they’d have a chance of winning the competition again, if they ever return? Feel free to tell us what you think by commenting below!!