Morocco in the Eurovision Song Contest

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Morocco
Morocco
Member stationSNRT
National selection events
Participation summary
Appearances1
First appearance1980
Last appearance1980
Best result18th: 1980
Worst result18th: 1980
External links
Morocco's page at Eurovision.tv
Song contest current event.png For the most recent participation see
Morocco in the Eurovision Song Contest 1980

Morocco entered the Eurovision Song Contest for the first, and so far only, time at the Eurovision Song Contest 1980 with the song "Bitaqat Hub", 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.

Their song for the contest was "Bitaqat Hub", 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 because of a Royal statement from King Hassan II to never return again, and have never returned since.[citation needed]

Future[edit]

A rival Moroccan broadcaster to SNRT, 2M TV, has expressed their intention to join the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Should their application be successful, 2M TV, could potentially return Morocco to the contest.[1][2][3][4]In 2018 Israel announced that they were trying to invite Middle East countries but Morocco were not in the participating countries list on 7 November 2018.

Contestants[edit]

Table key
  Winner
  Second place
  Third place
  Last place
Year Artist Language Title Final Points
1980 Samira Bensaïd Arabic "Bitaqat Hub" (بطاقة حب) 18 7
No participation from 1981 to present

Conductors[edit]

  • France Jean Claudric 1980 (finished 18th)[5]

Voting history[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2MTV aims to full EBU membership". Oikotimes. 2007-07-12. Archived from the original on 2008-11-20. 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. Archived from the original on 2008-09-06. Retrieved 2008-09-06.
  4. ^ Akhasvil, Sopon (3 June 2014). "With the IBA in peril, Israel may withdraw in 2015". Wiwibloggs.com. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  5. ^ And the conductor is... Jean Claudric

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