The provisional total of countries participating in Eurovision 2016 has been hovering around 40 for a while. But things have just got interesting with the EBU promising that at least 41 participants will be in Stockholm. If y’all thought the confirmation drama had finished with Turkey, it’s time to start speculating again!
— Eurovision (@Eurovision) November 9, 2015
To get our facts clear, we’re counting the full Vienna house again, except for Portugal (who are out for 2016) and Australia (2015 was supposedly a one-off), and adding the return of Ukraine and Bulgaria (Bulgaria will fully confirm after JESC — for now they have just filed a preliminary application). That leaves us with 40, so who is the other one?
Of course Australia is a very plausible candidate for that 41st slot. The Aussies were supposed to only be a one-off for 2015, but considering the quality performance Guy Sebastian delivered and the enthusiasm there is for ESC down under, it’s possible that the EBU has offered them a permanent place. Australia has a lot of great stuff to offer, so they’d be more than welcome back!
Bosnia and Herzegovina
In the soap opera that is Bosnia’s Eurovision participation, they are at the low point of their third season. With Eugenia Victoria BHRT on the edge of slapping Marco Fernando Ola Sand and leaving the house in tears, the story can still end in a wedding. Actually, we’ve discovered that Dubioza Kolektiv, a well known Balkan-ska band from Bosnia, has something to say on the country’s participation in their latest video.
*Luis pops open the champagne to celebrate their (supposed) selection*
Croatia’s HRT has remained a bit stubborn towards Eurovision for the last two years, but this year fans got some major hype when The Voice winner Nina Kraljic was rumoured as Zagreb’s comeback. It’s not that Nina has contributed to that or anything…
She says “let’s play!” and we say GET THAT GAME STARTED!!
Kosovo narrowly missed a United Nations vote to become a full UNESCO member (and hence, what we usually understand as a country) on Monday. Here’s a better plan: the UN accepts independence and Kosovo makes Rona Nishliu their permanent representative at Eurovision. Deal? Actually, this is A LOT of wishful thinking, but we’ve had some serious attempts from Pristina to take part. They were strongly rumoured to take part back in June after they sent a delegation to Vienna. Kosovo already participated in Eurovision Young Dancers in 2011, so why not in the big event?
Well… they haven’t said “no” yet, but wiwiblogger Zakaria wrote a post some time ago on why they wouldn’t be back. May I remind you what happened last year, just after wiwiblogger Josh published an article on why Australia would never take part? Public broadcasters love to go against our opinions sometimes.
The Slovaks have apparently said ‘no’ already, but as if that was an impediment to take part, eh, Czech Republic? Slovakia has only participated eight times in 20 years, but after their neighbours’ “success” in Vienna (it was the Czech Republic’s best placing ever, after all), Slovakia might want to give it another try. Or that’s what all of us say to keep the hope alive, don’t we?
Surprise returns and debuts?
Can Turkey change their mind? Will Portugal‘s fundrising campaign succeed? Andorra? Monaco? Luxembourg? The Czech precedent last year means anything is possible. We’d love to have them, but the possibilities, I’m afraid, are very low. Do you believe some of them can return in Stockholm?
And with the success of Australia’s 2015 appearance, how about a different guest country for 2016? China is keen, or maybe Canada, Brazil, New Zealand or South Africa?
Speculation has just begun! In recent years, the official list has been released in late December/early January, and fluctuations may still occur (hey, Bulgaria!) Who is number 41? Could there even be 42? How many countries do you think we will see in Sweden? Do you have a personal favourite to come back? Tell us below!