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Postby Mainshow » Sun Nov 05, 2017 8:32 pm

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Postby Mainshow » Sun Nov 05, 2017 8:37 pm

I know it's very early to have opened a thread for the 2019 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest; especially since Eurovision 2018 in Portugal is still 6 months away but we already have very promising news regarding the 2019 edition!

Image Liechtenstein: 1FLTV Plans Eurovision Debut in 2019

1FLTV the only television broadcast in Liechtenstein, states that they are planning to debut in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2019.

In a press release this week, 1FLTV confirmed that preparations are underway for Liechtenstein to make their Eurovision debut in 2019. Peter Kölbel the Head of 1FLTV stated that discussions are underway with the European Broadcasting Union about gaining membership, which would enable the broadcaster to take part in the Eurovision Song Contest.

1FLTV has set the target of debuting in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2019 as it would mark 300 years since the formation of the country. In 1719 the Holy Roman Emporer decreed that the counties of Vaduz and Schellenberg be promoted to a principality with the name Liechtenstein, paving the way for the country in its current form today.

Mr Kölbel said that he expected fees for membership to total around 350,000 Swiss Francs (300,000 Euro). Funding for EBU membership would come from Liechtenstein marketing, foundations and the public sector. Negotiations with organisations within the country are set to start next week.

Plans are also underway for a national selection process which would begin in 2018 to select both the singer and the song for the competition in 2019. The contest which for now has been named the “Liechtenstein Music Contest” would be organised by 1FLTV.

Local media however are skeptical as to whether 1FLTV will be able to join the EBU and participate in the contest. Vaterland, one of Liechtenstein’s leading publications raises question marks about whether it is affordable or even realistic.

Liechtenstein alongside the Vatican and Kosovo remain the only international recognised states within Europe to have not taken part in the Eurovision Song Contest. Since 1FLTV was formed in 2008, Eurovision has been a long-term aim for the broadcaster. In 2009 the broadcaster announced it was working towards a debut in 2010, but was unable to secure funding for EBU membership.
sources: eurovoix.com | vaterland.li
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Postby heppolo » Sun Nov 05, 2017 8:42 pm

^But why :D
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Postby Mainshow » Sun Nov 05, 2017 8:46 pm

heppolo wrote:^But why :D
Liechtenstein seems to want to put its name "out there" to celebrate its 300th anniversary.

1FLTV has stated some plans to go big for that occassion during that press conference.
They want to host a national final to select their entry and debut in Eurovision in 2019. Also, they are about to do a documentary/movie on how a family lived 300 years ago in Liechtenstein and had to fight for their lives (historians and professors should follow this project as well).

Liechtenstein has been interested in taking part in Eurovision now and then but this time, it seems more likely than on all the other occassions since it has been heavily discussed by Liechtenstein's broadcaster, the press and that "300th anniversary" reasoning sounds "logic".

Of course, nothing has been confirmed but that's big news somehow and I'm excited haha.
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Postby Mainshow » Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:07 pm

Liechtenstein really seems to take this seriously!

According to media reports, the country has applied for a full EBU membership! If the EBU let Liechtenstein join them, the country eould be able to debut!
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