EBU, The European Broadcasting Union, has reminded this morning via Twitter that it changed the rules for participation in order to allow countries that did not broadcast the Eurovision Song Contest to participate the following year.
Previously, the countries that did not air the show one year were automatically disqualified from taking part the following year. This means that Turkey, who allegedly did not broadcast this year’s show due to Krista Siegfrieds’ lesbian kiss, although the official position is that TRT did not agree with the new voting rules and the current status of the Big Five, will still be able to return to the Eurovision 2014 contest.
The move, presumably meant to increase the number of countries participating in the ESC amid fears that some nations might be tempted to withdraw due to financial difficulties, will also benefit other countries like Andorra, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, or Poland, who will thus be allowed to participate. Luxembourg, a five-time Eurovision winner, has already announced its intention to return to the contest.
From the European countries that did not participate this year, only Portugal and Bosnia and Herzegovina aired the show from Malmö.
What do you think? We certainly missed Turkey this year and we would be thrilled to have its musical talent back in the game! However, seeing as last night we witnessed not one, but two same-sex kisses, plus a delicious pair of naked buttocks, what would Turkey make of an increasingly gay-friendly and progressive show?
For those who missed it, here is the man-on-man gay kiss – at a gay wedding, no less: