Good evening Europe, this is Vaduz calling! – could these long-awaited words soon be uttered at the Eurovision Song Contest?
According to 1FLTV, Liechtenstein’s national broadcaster, YES!
Since Liechtenstein founded a national broadcaster in 2008, there have been persistent rumours/dreams of Eurovision entry. Earlier this week, 1FLTV have confirmed that plans are indeed under-way for the principality to début at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2019. The début would also coincide with the country’s 300th anniversary as a sovereign state.
Peter Kölbel, Head of 1FLTV, has said that discussions have already started with the EBU about obtaining membership (a prerequisite for any nation eyeing Eurovision participation) and securing the funds to cover the associated costs of EBU membership from within the country. It’s expected 1FLTV will receive the funds from Liechtenstein marketing, the public sector and foundations to cover the estimated 300,000 Euro price tag.
Although Mr Kölbel has admitted “Nothing is yet fixed.”he also seems confident of Liechtenstein’s Eurovision plans by adding “My assessment is that this time there are no obstacles that can not be overcome.” However, Liechtensteiner Vaterland, Liechtenstein’s most widely circulating newspaper is more damning about 1FLTV’s plans. Their article, entitled “1FLTV Once Again Sells Hot Air” labels the plans to secure funding for participation as “pitiful”.
What do you think? Would you love to see Liechtenstein enter the Eurovision Song Contest at last? Who would you like to see sing for Liechtenstein?
Let us know what you think!
Author: James Scanlan
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