Over the last month, we’ve seen a flood of confirmations come in. There are now
37 38 countries who have provisionally said yes to Eurovision 2019. But what about the ones who haven’t publicly confirmed yet?
Based on the 43 countries who participated in Lisbon, there are still
six five countries left to make their intentions known. It’s not necessarily a bad sign — some of them are notoriously late to confirm every year. And as the application deadline has passed, all of these countries will have privately made their intentions known to the EBU. But let’s take a look at these remaining countries still to publicly confirm for Eurovision 2019.
There’s been no news yet from AMPTV, though they may currently be focusing on their entry for Junior Eurovision 2018. Last year Armenia didn’t confirm until late October, so this isn’t out of the ordinary for them.
It’s likely that Armenia will be back for 2019, but it’s less certain how they will select their act. Last year Armenia used the national final Depi Evratesil, which sadly resulted in a rare non-qualification at Eurovision. AMPTV may wish to use a revamped selection method for 2019.
Update: Armenia has confirmed! Broadcaster AMPTV has told fan media that Armenia will participate in Eurovision 2019. There’s no word on how they will select their act for Tel Aviv.
Australia has been competing at Eurovision since 2015, but they still haven’t earned a permanent place on the roster. The EBU’s Eurovision Reference Group will again need to approve a guest invitation for Australia to compete in Tel Aviv.
While broadcaster SBS has not said anything, strong rumours suggest that Australia will indeed be competing in Tel Aviv. Not only that, but SBS’s CEO has reportedly hinted that the Australian public will be more involved in the selection of the act. This suggests that Australia will introduce some form of national final.
Update: Australia has confirmed! SBS will be back, but this time they want to get the public involved in the song selection process.
Planning for Italy’s national song contest is well underway. The Sanremo Music Festival will start with the new Newcomers competition before Christmas, and then the five big nights of Sanremo will take place in early February.
But broadcaster RAI still hasn’t confirmed if Italy will be competing at Eurovision 2019, let alone if Sanremo will be used as the national selection. In recent years, Italy has confirmed in mid-September — but that period has come and gone, leaving Italy the only Big Five country still to confirm.
Update: Italy has confirmed! But broadcaster RAI still hasn’t said if Sanremo will be used as Italy’s national selection. But it seems likely.
In recent years, TRM has confirmed their participation in late October/early November, so they are still on track.
After two years with top ten results, there’s nothing to suggest that Moldova won’t participate in Tel Aviv. In recent years, Moldova has used different versions of their national final O melodi pentru Europa.
Russia typically doesn’t make a big announcement about their Eurovision participation (though they did in 2016). It’s very likely that the first official confirmation we’ll get for Russia is when the EBU releases the full list of competing countries later in the year.
But that hasn’t stopped rumours emerging. Eurovision maestro Philipp Kirkorov has assembled his “dream team”, strongly hinting that they are working on a Eurovision entry. It’s not a given that the “dream team” will be working on Russia’s entry, but it is a very likely option this year.
If there’s any country with a big question mark dangling over it, it’s San Marino. In the past, SMRTV has been unhappy with the faux “televote” generated on behalf of San Marino, with Serhat being denied holograms, and earlier this year they were unhappy with irreverent comments from the Italian commentary team.
In past years, San Marino’s participation in Eurovision has been made possible due to collaborations with partners such as the iconic songwriter Ralph Siegel, the Turkish crooner Serhat and the producers of the 1 In 360 song contest
However, it’s been reported that the 1 In 360 team has been in talks with broadcasters from other countries, which suggests that SMRTV has not renewed their relationship with the national final format. It’s not known if San Marino has another partnership lined up for 2019, or indeed if they will participate in Tel Aviv.
- Bosnia and Herzegovina, who last competed in 2016, are currently unable to compete, as the EBU has sanctioned BHRT due to ongoing financial issues.
- Regular non-competitors Andorra, Luxembourg, Monaco, Slovakia and Turkey have all confirmed they will not return. Morocco hasn’t said anything, but it is extremely unlikely they would make a Eurovision comeback in Israel.
- Despite having received a guest invitation to Junior Eurovision 2018, Kazakhstan is not on the guest list for Eurovision 2019. ESC and JESC are overseen by separate reference groups and the EBU has stated it has no plans to invite Kazakhstan to the Eurovision Song Contest.
- Kosovo‘s broadcaster RTK isn’t currently a member (or associate member) of the EBU and so can’t compete. However, the broadcaster’s membership application will be voted on in December, which may open the door to future Eurovision participation.
- Liechtenstein‘s broadcaster 1 FL TV is not a member of the EBU. While the station’s former director was keen on entering Eurovision, the station is not currently pursuing EBU membership.
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