Monaco first participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 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. It remains the only winning country never to have hosted it.
Monaco withdrew from the contest in 1980, not returning until 2004 after a 24-year absence. Their first entry after their hiatus, "Notre Planète" by Maryon failed to reach the final. After two more years with poor results Télé Monte Carlo (TMC), the Monegasque broadcaster, withdrew after the 2006 contest, saying that regional voting patterns in the contest have effectively given Monaco no chance of qualifying for the final.