It’s official. Today the European Broadcasting Union confirmed that 42 countries will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. The full list was unveiled today on the official Eurovision website. The total of 42 is one less than the 43 who competed in 2018.

The announcement was also confirmed on social media. After a teaser campaign — which had many fans wondering if any new countries would debut — a video dropped revealing the 42 for Tel Aviv.

The confirmed list is made up of all but one of the 43 acts that competed in Lisbon. Missing for 2019 is Bulgaria. Broadcaster BNT had provisionally confirmed earlier this year, but later withdrew, citing financial reasons.

Moldova — the only country to not have publicly confirmed their 2019 participation — is on the list. While broadcaster TRM still hasn’t said anything, it’s possible that they will again use some form of their national final.

Eurovision 2019 also won’t see any new countries debuting. Some fans had been hoping that after the Junior Eurovision reference committee invited Kazakhstan to debut at JESC 2018, the Eurovision equivalent would do the same for Tel Aviv. However, in response to this, the EBU said it had “no plans” to invite the Kazakh broadcaster to Eurovision.

Also not appearing on the list is Kosovo. Broadcaster RTK has long been eager to participate at Eurovision, however the broadcaster is not currently a member of the EBU. But things could change in the future. RTK is due to meet with the EBU in December to discuss the possibility of EBU membership.

Broadcasters from Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Luxembourg, Monaco, Morocco, Slovakia and Turkey have already confirmed that they will not return to Eurovision 2019. Liechtenstein’s broadcaster has still not applied for EBU membership.

Forty-two participating countries is one fewer than the Eurovision record of 43. The last time 42 countries participated was at Eurovision 2017 in Kyiv.

Eurovision Song Contest 2019 — Confirmed countries

  • Albania (RTSH)
  • Armenia (AMPTV)
  • Australia (SBS)
  • Austria (ORF)
  • Azerbaijan (İctimai TV)
  • Belarus (BTRC)
  • Belgium (RTBF)
  • Croatia (HRT)
  • Cyprus (CYBC)
  • Czech Republic (ČT)
  • Denmark (DR)
  • Estonia (ERR)
  • Finland (YLE)
  • France (FT)
  • FYR Macedonia (MKRTV)
  • Germany (ARD/NDR)
  • Georgia (GPB)
  • Greece (ERT)
  • Hungary (MTVA)
  • Iceland (RÚV)
  • Ireland (RTÉ)
  • Israel (IPBC/KAN)
  • Italy (RAI)
  • Latvia (LTV)
  • Lithuania (LRT)
  • Malta (PBS)
  • Moldova (TRM)
  • Montenegro (RTCG)
  • The Netherlands (AVROTROS)
  • Norway (NRK)
  • Poland (TVP)
  • Portugal (RTP)
  • Romania (TVR)
  • Russia (RTR)
  • San Marino (SMRTV)
  • Serbia (RTS)
  • Slovenia (RTVSLO)
  • Spain (RTVE)
  • Sweden (SVT)
  • Switzerland (SRG/SSR)
  • Ukraine (UA:PBC)
  • United Kingdom (BBC)

What do you think? Do you like nice even numbers? Who would you like to see debut at Eurovision? Tell us your thoughts below!

Read more Eurovision 2019 news here

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Kirby
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Just some ramblings of mine: 1) If EBU has a lot of money and there is a Big-5, then why don’t they lower the fees to small countries such as Andorra, Luxembourg, etc.? It’s tremendously unfair to ask them for the same amount of money. I know production and logistics costs are high, but as they’re small states, EBU could subsidize them a little. 2) I’m afraid Serbia could start a rant about Kosovo joining, but isn’t ESC supposed lo leave politics out, Mr. Ola Sand? 3) It’s getting tiresome to try to explain over and over, on and on,… Read more »

Simon
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Simon

The curse of 43 is back.

Loin dici
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Loin dici

42 is good enough, if not a bit too much, since it’s already a bloodbath of songs staying jn the semifinal, when ideally we would have 20-25 countries competing, just like JESC.

Simon
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Simon

LOL…i want 7 countries and 1 camera man

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

42 countries is surprisingly good, considering that the contest won’t be in Europe. (Although that’s actually a good thing for the UK – think about it.)
San Marino’s SMRTV is coming back again, wow. After whining a couple years back about being too small to be noticed, someone there obviously overruled that person who whined. 🙂

Jonas
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Jonas

42 contries of shame! 2019 Eurofest in Tel Aviv is cultural whitewashing of the worst kind. Politics should absolutely come into it this year, Mr Sand. No politics is simply closing one’s eyes to human atrocities!

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

I don’t know about ,,Eurofest 2019”, but Eurovision 2019 is going to be fun and friendly. ^^

Joe
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Joe

It’s like the people who call it Eurosong. They don’t know what they’re talking about.

Charles II
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Charles II

Whitewashing? I’m surprised you can see any color being the blind hater that you are.
Go spread your automatic catchphrases somewhere else and leave us alone.

Kris
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Kris

Slovakia, Turkey, Bulgaria should be in the list …

YourMan
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YourMan

I would love to see Turkey back. But their president is a religious dictator. I don’t think he would allow Turkish broadcaster to join a contest which is considered as “Gay Olympics”. They have already shown Conchita’s victory as one of the reasons why they are not returning to Eurovision.

Fast Food Music Lover
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Fast Food Music Lover

Disappointing.

Loin dici
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Loin dici

Why?

YourMan
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YourMan

EBU, for the love of God leave your cockiness aside and go negotiate with Slovakia. You know you can make them return just like you did with Czech Republic. T_T

Matthew
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Matthew

This whole thing of who’s participating is getting really boring. It’s basically the same countries every year. They need debuts and long time returnees or else we’d have to rely on Junior Eurovision for shock participations.

Michael Adam
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Michael Adam

Why do we need shock participants?

Kirby
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Kirby

Because it’s refreshing!!!

Jo.
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Jo.

I gotta say, that’s embarrassing for Bulgaria.

srulik
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srulik

So good to see no boycots despite nasty threats. 42 is a good even number. 18 each semi ia a bit nore fair…see y’all is israel

Patrick
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Patrick

I like an even number! That means there are the same amount of countries in each semi which is fair!!!

Matthew
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Matthew

I don’t really think it matters that much.

SpirK
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SpirK

Also, still waiting for the day when a Big Five member will be ballsy enough to decline the privilege of being automatically in the final and try a semi.

Nikki
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Nikki

My money us on italy. They’re the only ones vallst enough and with a track record and fandom good enough to not be fearful of a semi

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

I think the EBU would be fearful of Italy participating in the semi, not the country itself. Italy will always qualify, but the EBU wants moneymoneymoney. And a Big 5 is more lucrative than a Big 4.

OrangeVorty
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OrangeVorty

Why would any of the big five broadcasters bother? The big audience pull is with the final, not the semis. Only a fan would contemplate this happened when in reality the broadcasters won’t go near the idea.

SpirK
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SpirK

I’d like it to be an even number, so the semis are equally numbered. Just an OCD. We’re stuck at 42-43 which is a great number, but I’d really like a 44 with 19 counties in each semi.

LawStudent
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LawStudent

I like that its 42 cause that means that minus the big 5 + 1, there will be 36 countries competing in the two semi finals. That’s an even number and so we can have 18 performances in each semi – which is fair. I didn’t like it when one semi had 18 and another had 19 (and just so happen that the blood bath semi 1 was the 19 semi too).

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

The blood bath did make for great entertainment during the results announcement, though.

Colin
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Colin

I am happy these 42 are participating. It’s still a big number.

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

Bulgaria will eventually “surprise” us and participate… bookmark me they’re desperate for hype.

Henrikh Mugosa
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Henrikh Mugosa

I wish this was true, but i kind of lost all hope by now.

BULSCHIET
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BULSCHIET

I’m sure another east European country will buy a Swedish song and you can pretend it’s Bulgaria and be happy.

Polegend Godgarina
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All they need to do is find a sponsor which ain’t hard at all.

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

As long as San Marino is there, I’m fine with it.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

Let Kosovo participate. Balkan states historically tend to be very eager to send quality to Eurovision. Until they get over the novelty of participating.

Nikki
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Nikki

Kosovo will eventually participate, but I’m seeing the EBU not wanting to let them in until its international status is stable enough. Mainly for two reasons Once Kosovo is in, you can bet Serbia is going to protest and their relationship would be the same as Armenia- Azerbaijan and recently Russia- Ukraine. And secondly, Kosovo is on the poorest side of the table, and two of the countries EBU has got the most money problems in are precisely two Ex-Yugoslavs (Bosnia and Macedonia). So EBU is not going to let Kosovo participate until is fully sure that Kosovo and Serbia… Read more »

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

Fine, then give me Andorra.
Everything you wrote is true of course and I am aware of that. I’m just dreaming of another epic Balkan ballad.

avner
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avner

Andorra? Eurovision participation is pretty costly nowadays and extremely difficult for micro states. Coming to think of it, I wonder how San Marino is managing this…

Loin dici
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Loin dici

Well, we can count on Montenegro on that… albeit the 2018 ballad was a letdown.

Joe
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Joe

Russia and Ukraine is interesting cuz that feud is almost entirely among the juries and not the televote (For instance: neither jury voted for the other’s song in 2016 but Russia gave Ukraine ten points and Ukraine gave Russia the douze in their televotes).

It's the BBC's fault, not the UK's
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It's the BBC's fault, not the UK's

If the EBU allows Australia to take part, why not Kazakhstan?!? The logic really lacks…

Maya G
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Maya G

In Eurovision All countries are equal, but some countries are more equal than others.

Campbell Grace
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Campbell Grace

The logic doesn’t lack. Australia has broadcasted Eurovision for years. Kazakhstan hasn’t.

Rick
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yes they have but not as long as australia

Jonas
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Jonas

Why should it matter at all how long a country has been broadcasting the show? The rule for 60 years was that you had to be a member of the EBU. That seemed like a logical and fair way of deciding participation rights…then the EBU threw that out of the window for Australia. If Kazakhstan are a member of the EBU (are they?), then they have more right than Australia. If they just an associate member like SBS, then I agree the EBU are playing favoritism with Australia. This is what they opened themselves up to when they threw out… Read more »

Harper
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Harper

Australians secretly want to be Europeans xD

KAZAKHSTAN
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KAZAKHSTAN

WE WANT KAZAKHSTAN

BULSCHIET
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BULSCHIET

Why? Do you really need another horrible English entry?

Ryi
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Ryi

Not much of a loss, as the Bulgarian component was really limited to the singer and last year only a part of it really…

Conor K
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Conor K

Very happy with this, as long as its’s 40 or over I think it’s fine. Would have liked a return from Monaco though tbh 🙂 I always thought they should just send whoever comes 2nd in the French NF 🙂

Joe
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Joe

I’d say don’t rule out Kazakhstan becoming #43. It all depends on how they do in JESC. It’d be hard for the EBU to turn them down if they do well there. But if we stay at 42, that’s a perfectly fine number.

Rick
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i agree, plus kosovo isnt having their vote until december. if the kosovo vote goes right, they cud annoucement both countries then!

Matthew
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Matthew

I agree. And Kazakhstan have a really good shot at winning Junior Eurovision, so the EBU could turn things around.

angelika
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angelika

Shame on you BNT! This is ridiculous for Bulgaria

Sorry
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Sorry

Eurovision should bebest Europe’s thing..
We already have Azerbaijan, Armenia, Israel, and Australia. We don’t need Kazakhstan..

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

Cyprus is Asian aswell, don’t know if you were aware of that fact… Without Cyprus would we have gotten ,,Fuego” or Eleni Foureira at all? Don’t think so. Also you should check your facts, it’s about the EBU not only exclusively about Europe.

Henrikh Mugosa
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Henrikh Mugosa

And “Malta was considered an island of North Africa for centuries.” Wikipedia.

Pandeme111
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Pandeme111

How can you say, that Cyprus is Asian when it is officially in the European Union?

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

Because it is. It belongs to Asia geographically..

Jonas
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Jonas

Cyprus is in the EU. They are European. The “geographic” borders are just imaginary lines, they do not actually exist. The line could just as easily stop at Cyprus as anywhere else.

Erasmus
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Erasmus

As long it has at least some connection with Europe I’m OK with it. Like Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia and Kazakhstan all have connection with Europe some even parts of their land on it. Israel participates in all European competitions. And well Australia, they send great songs, but I don’t really see why are they participating maybe they willwithdraw after ESC Asia takes place.

Jonas
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Jonas

It’s not a matter of Australia withdrawing. Their particiaption is on a year-to-year basis at the discretion of the EBU. If they get no invite, they can’t compete.

Henrikh Mugosa
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Henrikh Mugosa

Northern African are also eligible to participate. So this isn’t just a Europe thing. Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya & Egypt: I wish they would all participate.

Aaron
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Aaron

common mis-conception: EBU The European Broadcasting area covers a finite amount of countries, not all of them in Europe itself. Aslong as a country is at least partially in this broadcasting area, they are eligable to take part. all along North Africa, up into the middle east can take part as well many just choose not too. Australia is on an invite basis because before they took part they broadcast it live for 30 years. Khazakstan only did so for about 2/3 if I am guessing correctly. In my own opinion, the EBU should work and find ways to get… Read more »

Jonas
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Jonas

Right. The contest takes its name from the Eurovision satellite network, on which the show was carried internationally – not necessarily restricted to Europe. I think this is now obsolete anyway.

Kris
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Kris

I think , the more the merrier!
Let Kazakhstan and Kosovo come in

turkishqueer
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turkishqueer

Turkey?

Gio
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Gio

You need to steal Erdogan’s crown in order to participate in Eurovision. He won’t let Turkey to be part of the contest.

Rick
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Kazakhstan still has a chance! Hopefully they win jesc 2018 and therefore get invited to esc19. Like everyone said there participation depends on their jesc performance. Australia wasnt on this list and they debuted, macedonia wasnt on this list and they participated, so keep the faith! Kosovo are also having a vote in December and its not December yet so there is still hope for Kazakhstan and kosovo in esc 19!

Kirby
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Kirby

May the Universe hear you!!!

OohHoney
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OohHoney

No plans to invite Kazakhstan. Absolute BS. They have the best junior Eurovision entry this year by a long shot and they’re a country who really wants to be in the contest and to prove that they can do well. I’d rather a country with that passion to be in the contest rather than counties who don’t try. I’m looking at you Iceland, Lithuania and SanMarino!

Ryan queerbaited change my mind
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Ryan queerbaited change my mind

You can include the United “people won’t vote for us anyway so why bother” Kingdom and the Republic of “hey gay people are still a good gimmick right??” Ireland too

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

Loving the nickname!

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

I mean, Lithuania has the longest and most dreadful national final of all countries, so obviously they do try. And their results haven’t been that bad, it’s always a hit or miss with Lithuania. For Iceland: Most People in Iceland watch Eurovision and I think they do care, but there are like 340k people living on that island, you can’t expect them to be like Sweden (On the other hand Malta manages to send Quality Songs from time to time, but so does Iceland..). Don’t get me started with San Marino. That place is barely bigger than the town I… Read more »

OohHoney
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OohHoney

No I don’t believe that having a small population means you get a free pass at having subpar entries. It only takes one singer with one song to make an impact which is where my frustration lies especially with Malta. All they do is send generic, bland songs.

OohHoney
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OohHoney

Also yes Ralph needs to go!

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

I agree, but you should be aware: Ralph Siegel will outlive every single one of you.

Frisian esc
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Frisian esc

I disagee, with you saying iceland doesn’t try. They have only 300000 people and still manage to hold a decent selection. Tbey got 2nd in 2009 and managed a pretty nice qualifying streak until 2015.

Nora
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Nora

Well, this is just sad seriously. There should be more participating countries. I mean there’s no why countries like Slovakia, Bulgaria, Luxembourg can’t afford to participe in the contest while San Marino, Montenegro, Moldova etc. can.

Frisian esc
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Frisian esc

This isn’t sad at all. 42 countries is only one country off the record. Of course it would be nice to have more participating countries but we should be statisfied if we look at other recent years like 2014 with 37 participating countries.