Friday, 21 December 2012

Sweden: Who will participate in Malmo?

Today it was announced by the EBU that a total of 39 countries will participate in Malmo - this is the same as Oslo in 2010.

Unfortunately Portugal, Turkey, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Slovakia decided to withdraw and Poland will not be returning - it's a real shame but 39 is still a pretty good number considering the current financial crisis. I'm pleased Bulgaria was able to make it, as they looked likely to withdraw too.  Jon Ola Sand said... 
“We regret the withdrawal of Bosnia & Herzegovina, Portugal and Slovakia, which have all cited economic reasons." And regarding Turkey he said " ”We are surprised by this decision. The changes were made in 2009 and were since never formally objected by TRT. We are eager to pursue dialogue with the Turkish broadcaster to seek a viable solution.”
Here is the full list... ^^
  • Albania (RTSH)
  • Austria (ORF)
  • Armenia (AMPTV)
  • Azerbaijan (Ictimai TV)
  • Belarus (BTRC)
  • Belgium (RTBF)
  • Bulgaria (BNT)
  • Croatia (HRT)
  • Cyprus (CyBC)
  • Denmark (DR)
  • Estonia (ERR)
  • Finland (YLE)
  • France (France3)
  • Georgia (GPB)
  • Germany (NDR)
  • Greece (ERT)
  • Hungary (MTV)
  • Iceland (RÚV)
  • Ireland (RTÉ)
  • Israel (IBA)
  • Italy (RAI)
  • Latvia (LTV)
  • Lithuania (LRT)
  • FYR Macedonia (MKRTV)
  • Malta (PBS)
  • Moldova (TRM)
  • Montenegro (RTCG)
  • The Netherlands (TROS)
  • Norway (NRK)
  • Romania (TVR)
  • Russia (C1R)
  • San Marino (SMTV)
  • Serbia (RTS)
  • Slovenia (RTVSLO)
  • Spain (TVE)
  • Sweden (SVT)
  • Switzerland (SRG SSR)
  • Ukraine (NTU)
  • United Kingdom (BBC).
I always believe its quality over quantity - let's hope there will be some really good entries in 2013... I thought the EBU would try harder to get Turkey to stay - however unfortunately not hard enough... What do you think? I will personally miss Portugal and Bosnia the most!

For now - enjoy Kejsi Tola's 2013 attempt, which may see Albania do VERY well! And, we still have the second semi to go, tonight...

 BTW - The world didn't end! :D

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