RTL begin selection process for Luxembourg’s Eurovision return

July 24, 2023



RTL have begun the search to find Luxembourg's Eurovision 2024 representative.

The Luxembourgish broadcaster held the first stage of their selection process for Eurovision 2024 this past weekend at the Rockhal, a concert hall in Beval, Esch-sur-Alzette, Southern Luxembourg.

Around 100 singers, who applied for Luexmbourg’s Eurovision 2024 national final without a song, were invited to the Rockhal to sing in front of a five member jury panel.

Some of these singers will advance to the next round of the selection process, and will have the chance to compete with more established artists who have applied to the selection process with their own song, and who already have a repetoire of songs in their back catalogue.

The submissions window for singers applying with songs, and for songwriters, is still open and all interested persons can apply at eurovision.lu.

On May 12th 2023, Luxembourg confirmed that they would be returning to the Eurovision Song Contest, after an absence of 30 years. They are one of the founding countries of the Eurovision Song Contest, having participated in the very first contest in 1956, and are one of the most successful, having won five times (1961, 1965, 1972, 1973, 1983).

Some of the more famous names to have represented Luxembourg in Eurovision include Spanish duo Baccara (1978); French singer-songwriter France Gall (1965); Belgian-Canadian singer-songwriter Lara Fabian (1988) and Greek icons Nana Mouskouri (1963) and Vicky Leandros (1967 & 1972).

Due to a string of bad results in recent years, Luxembourg called it quits after Eurovision 1993. In October 2003, they initially confirmed their participation for the 2004 contest, before withdrawing their application, mainly due to the participation fee. In June 2004, there were rumours they could return in 2005, but nothing came of them.

In 2009, director of RTL Steve Schmit met with EBU representatives, as they were considering to return in 2010; but this didn’t happen due to financial issues. In July 2014, Luxembourg confirmed they would not be returning in 2015, with the main reasons being financial.

Are you excited for Luxembourg’s national final for Eurovision 2024? What style of song would you like to see them sending? Let us know in the comments below!

Photo credit: RTL / Steve Müller

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