Morocco in the Eurovision Song Contest

Member station SNRT
National selection events
Participation summary
Appearances 1
First appearance 1980
Last appearance 1980
Best result 18th: 1980
Worst result 18th: 1980
External links
Morocco's page at
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 Hob", performed by Samira Bensaïd in the Arabic language.


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 Khub", performed by famous Moroccan singer Samira Bensaïd. The song only received 7 points, all from Italy, and placed 18th, ahead of only Finland.


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.


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]


Table key
  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


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

Voting history

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


  1. "Commercial channel interested to join Eurovision Song Contest". 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". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
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