Morocco in the Eurovision Song Contest

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For Morocco's most recent participation, see Morocco in the Eurovision Song Contest 1980.
Morocco
Flag
Member station SNRT(1980)
Appearances
Appearances 1
First appearance 1980
Last appearance 1980
Best result 18th: 1980
Worst result 18th: 1980
External links
Morocco's page at Eurovision.tv

Morocco entered the Eurovision Song Contest for the first, and so far only, time at the Eurovision Song Contest 1980 with the song "Bitaqat Hob", performed by Samira Bensaïd in the Arabic language.

Participation[edit]

The Moroccan broadcaster, Société Nationale de Radiodiffusion et de Télévision (SNRT), made the country's debut in 1980, becoming the first African and Arab country to enter the contest while it exploited the fact that Israel did not participate in the Eurovision Song Contest this year. Their debut entry also marked the first time that Arabic was performed in the contest.

Their song for the contest was "Bitaqat Hob", performed by famous Moroccan singer Samira Bensaïd. The song only received 7 points, all from Italy, and placed 18th, ahead of only Finland.

Withdrawal[edit]

After their poor placing in the contest, SNRT announced that they would be withdrawing from the 1981 contest, and have never returned since.

Future[edit]

A rival Moroccan broadcaster to SNRT, 2M TV, has expressed their intention to join the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). 2M TV, a source of free speech and taboo-breaking in Morocco and for the Moroccan diaspora around Europe, could give the Moroccan people another way of competing at Eurovision. 2M TV, is currently applying for EBU membership and should this be granted, the broadcaster would have the option of entering the 2015 contest.[1][2][3]

Contestants[edit]

Table key
  Winner
  Second place
  Third place
  Last place
Year Artist Language Title Final Points
1980 Samira Bensaïd Arabic "Bitaqat Hob"
(بطاقة حب)
18 7
Did not participate from 1981 to present

Voting history[edit]

As of 1980, Morocco's voting history is as follows:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Commercial channel interested to join Eurovision Song Contest". Oikotimes. 2007-07-12. Retrieved 2008-10-17. 
  2. ^ Kuipers, Michael (2007-07-12). "Morocco to return in the next few years?". ESCToday. Retrieved 2008-09-05. 
  3. ^ "Commercial channel interested to join Eurovision Song Contest". Oikotimes. 2008-08-31. Retrieved 2008-09-06. 

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