Monaco in the Eurovision Song Contest

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For Monaco's most recent participation, see Monaco in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006.
Member station TMC
Appearances 24 (21 finals)
First appearance 1959
Last appearance 2006
Best result 1st: 1971
Worst result Last: 1959, 1966
Nul points: 1966
External links
Monaco's page at
Marjorie Noël performing "Va dire à l'amour" in Naples

Monaco participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 24 times since its debut in 1959. The country's first and only win in the contest came in 1971, when Séverine performed "Un banc, un arbre, une rue". In 1972, Monaco was expected to host the contest, but declined.

Monaco finished last at its first contest in 1959, before achieving three top three results in the 1960s. Two of these were achieved by François Deguelt, who finished third in 1960 and second in 1962. Romuald also finished third in 1964. Severine's victory in 1971 was the first of five top four results in eight years. The others were achieved by Romauld, who returned to place fourth in 1974, Mary Christy who was third in 1976, Michèle Torr was fourth in 1977 and Caline & Olivier Toussaint were fourth in 1978. After participating in 1979, Monaco would be absent from the contest for 25 years.

Monaco returned to the contest for three years from 2004-2006, but failed to qualify from the semi-finals The Monegasque broadcaster, then withdrew from the contest, saying that regional voting patterns in the contest have effectively given Monaco no chance of qualifying for the final.[1][2]


Monaco was absent from the contest between 1980 and 2004, before returning for three years from 2004-2006, but Maryon (2004), Lise Darly (2005) and Séverine Ferrer (2006), all failed to progress from the semi-finals. TMC, broadcast the 2007 contest, opening the way for participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008, however TMC decided against it.[3][4]

TMC had announced that it was possible that Monaco would return to the contest in 2009 after a two-year absence, after talks with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the organiser of the contest, as well as new voting measures implemented in the contest in that year.[5] Despite this, Monaco was not present in Moscow for the 2009 contest.[6] The EBU however announced that they would work harder to bring Monaco back to the Contest in 2010, alongside other former participants. TMC, however, stated that Monaco would not return for the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest due to lack of financial support for the country's participation.


Table key
  Second place
  Third place
  Last place
Year Artist Language Title Final Points Semi Points
1959 Jacques Pills French "Mon ami Pierrot" 11 1 No semi-finals
1960 François Deguelt French "Ce soir-là" 3 15
1961 Colette Deréal French "Allons, allons les enfants" 10 6
1962 François Deguelt French "Dis rien" 2 13
1963 Françoise Hardy French "L'amour s'en va" 5 25
1964 Romuald French "Où sont-elles passées" 3 15
1965 Marjorie Noël French "Va dire à l'amour" 9 7
1966 Téréza French "Bien plus fort" 17 0
1967 Minouche Barelli French "Boum-Badaboum" 5 10
1968 Line & Willy French "À chacun sa chanson" 7 8
1969 Jean Jacques French "Maman, Maman" 6 11
1970 Dominique Dussault French "Marlène" 8 5
1971 Séverine French "Un banc, un arbre, une rue" 1 128
1972 Peter McLane & Anne-Marie Godart French "Comme on s'aime" 16 65
1973 Marie French "Un train qui part" 8 85
1974 Romuald French "Celui qui reste et celui qui s'en va" 4 14
1975 Sophie French "Une chanson c'est une lettre" 13 22
1976 Mary Christy French "Toi, la musique et moi" 3 93
1977 Michèle Torr French "Une petite française" 4 96
1978 Caline & Olivier Toussaint French "Les jardins de Monaco" 4 107
1979 Laurent Vaguener French "Notre vie c'est la musique" 16 12
Did not participate between 1980 and 2003
2004 Maryon French "Notre planète" Failed to qualify 20 10
2005 Lise Darly French "Tout de moi" 24 22
2006 Séverine Ferrer French, Tahitian "La Coco-Dance" 21 14
Did not participate from 2007 to present
  • XX on Finals denotes an unsuccessful attempt to qualify to the final.

Voting history[edit]

Between 1959 and 2006, Monaco's voting history was as follows:

Commentators and spokespersons[edit]

From 1959 to 1979, Monaco did not have own commentators in the festival, they always used French commentary (RTF 1959–1964, ORTF 1965–1974 and TF1 1975–1979).

Year(s) Commentator Spokesperson
1959 Claude Darget TBC
1960 Pierre Tchernia TBC
1961 Robert Beauvais TBC
1962 Pierre Tchernia TBC
1963 TBC
1964 Robert Beauvais TBC
1965 Pierre Tchernia TBC
1966 François Deguelt TBC
1967 Pierre Tchernia TBC
1968 TBC
1969 TBC
1970 TBC
1971 Georges de Caunes N/A
1972 Pierre Tchernia
1974 Sophie Hecquet
1975 Georges de Caunes Carole Chabrier
1976 Jean-Claude Massoulier
1977 Georges de Caunes
1978 Léon Zitrone and Denise Fabre
1979 Marc Menant
1980-2003 No broadcast Monaco did not participate
2004 Bernard Montiel and Génie Godula Anne Allegrini
2006 Bernard Montiel and Églantine Eméyé Églantine Eméyé
2007 Unknown (final) Monaco did not participate
2008-2015 No broadcast


  1. ^ Kasapoglou, Yiorgos (2006-12-12). "Monaco withdraws". ESCToday. Retrieved 2006-12-12. 
  2. ^ Viniker, Barry (2006-12-14). "Monaco - it's not the money!". ESCToday. Retrieved 2006-12-14. 
  3. ^ Kuipers, Michael (2006-12-26). "Monaco to show Eurovision 2007". ESCToday. Retrieved 2006-12-26. 
  4. ^ Floras, Stella (2007-12-06). "Monaco will not return in 2008". ESCToday. Retrieved 2007-12-06. 
  5. ^ Kuipers, Michael (2008-11-19). "Monaco back in Moscow?". ESCToday. Retrieved 2008-11-19. 
  6. ^ Konstantopoulos, Fotis (2008-11-27). "San Marino & Monaco out?". Oikotimes. Retrieved 2008-11-27. 

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