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.
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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
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